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& Other Shopping Areas of Note

The Grove in Fairfax Neighborhood of Los Angeles

The Grove in the Fairfax neighborhood of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.

Los Angeles County, by far, has the largest (and, we believe, most exciting) retail landscape of any single county in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau reports for Los Angeles County, that, in 2016, there were 29,017 retail stores (the 32 shopping malls listed below comprise about 15% of that), 425,475 employees and a payroll of $13.3 billion. These numbers are about double those for the number two county (Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, metropolitan area).

In 2018, developer Rick Caruso opened Palisades Village in 2018 (see Other Shopping Areas of Note below), a significant departure from his other retail shopping centers, The Grove and Americana. The redeveloped commercial center in the middle of the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles is considerably smaller, featuring only 125,000 square feet of retail space (in contrast to 600,000 square feet at the Grove). However, following a series of meetings with local residents to discuss concerns and desires, it is closely tailored to the surrounding community and offers the same creative style, care and attention-to-detail that is characteristic of Caruso’s other shopping centers. The selection of shops and restaurants are “curated” to focus on the surrounding neighborhood and smaller in size than those found at much larger centers. Exterior storefront styles are differentiated to avoid a “cookie-cutter” look. Caruso envisions replicating this center as “new blueprint for retail” in other Los Angeles area neighborhoods.

In terms of total retail space, Del Amo Fashion Center (see in table below) in Torrance (2.6 million square feet) and Lakewood Center in Lakewood (2.1 million square feet) are respectively the 5th and 18th largest shopping malls in the nation. From 1981 until the 1992 debut of the Mall of America in Minnesota, Del Amo Fashion Center reigned as the largest shopping mall in the nation.

Shopping Mall Community Location Type Stores Opened
The Americana at Brand Glendale 91210 889 Americana Way Outdoor 66 2008
Antelope Valley Mall Palmdale 93551 1233 Rancho Vista Blvd Indoor 140 1990
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Los Angeles 90008 3650 W Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Indoor 102 1947
Beverly Center Los Angeles 90048 8500 Beverly Blvd Indoor 131 1982
Burbank Town Center Burbank 91502 201 E Magnolia Blvd Indoor 138 1991
Century City, Westfield Los Angeles 90067 10250 Santa Monica Blvd Outdoor 200 1964
Citadel Outlets Commerce 90040 100 Citadel Drive Outdoor 145 1990
Culver City, Westfield Culver City 90230 6000 Sepulveda Blvd Indoor 172 1975
Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance 90503 3525 Carson St Indoor 250 1961/1975
Eagle Rock Plaza Los Angeles 90041 2700 Colorado Blvd Indoor 66 1972
Fashion Square, Westfield Sherman Oaks 91423 14006 Riverside Dr Indoor 140 1962
Shopping Mall Community Location Type Stores Opened
Figat7th Downtown LA Los Angeles 90017 735 S Figueroa St Outdoor 33 1986
Glendale Galleria Glendale 91210 100 W Broadway Indoor 200 1976
Hollywood and Highland Hollywood 90028 6801 Hollywood Blvd Outdoor 60 2001
The Grove Los Angeles 90036 189 The Grove Drive Outdoor 59 2002
Lakewood Center Lakewood 90712 500 Lakewood Center Mall Indoor 225 1951
Los Cerritos Center Cerritos 90703 239 Los Cerritos Center Indoor 170 1971
Manhattan Village Manhattan Beach 90266 3200 Sepulveda Blvd Indoor 50 1982
The Shops at Montebello Montebello 90640 2134 Montebello Town Ctr Indoor 160 1985
Northridge Fashion Center Northridge 91324 9301 Tampa Ave Indoor 185 1971
Panorama Mall Panorama City 91402 8401 Van Nuys Blvd Indoor 49 1955/2003
Paseo Colorado Pasadena 91101 300 E Colorado Blvd Outdoor 50 2001
Shopping Mall Community Location Type Stores Opened
Plaza West Covina West Covina 91790 112 Plaza Dr Indoor 201 1975
Puente Hills Mall City of Industry 91748 1600 S Azusa Ave Indoor 155 1974
Santa Anita, Westfield Arcadia 91007 400 S Baldwin Ave Indoor 224 1974
Santa Monica Place Santa Monica 90401 395 Santa Monica Place Outdoor 98 1980
Sherman Oaks Galleria Sherman Oaks 91403 15301 Ventura Blvd Outdoor 36 1980
South Bay Galleria Redondo Beach 90278 1815 Hawthorne Blvd Indoor-Outdoor 149 1985
SouthBay Pavillion Carson 90746 20700 S Avalon Blvd Indoor 85 1973
Stonewood Center Downey 90241 251 Stonewood St Indoor 150 1958
Topanga, Westfield Canoga Park 91303 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd Indoor 295 1964
Valencia Town Center, Westfield Valencia 91355 242 West Valencia Blvd Outdoor 212 1990
Westside Pavilion West Los Angeles 90064 10800 W Pico Blvd Indoor 115 1985

Other Shopping Areas of Note in Los Angeles County

(Ordered by Community)

Shopping Area Community Location
Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills 90210 Rodeo Dr
Two Rodeo Beverly Hills 90210 Rodeo Dr & Dalton Way
Downtown Burbank Burbank 91502 Third St between Burbank & Verdugo
Plaza El Segundo El Segundo Sepulveda @ Park Place
The Pike Outlets Long Beach 90802 Shoreline Village Dr
Shoreline Village Long Beach 90802 95 S Pine Ave
California Market Center Los Angeles 90015 (Downtown) Fashion District, Ninth & Main
Cooper Design Space Los Angeles 90014 (Downtown) Fashion District, Centered Ninth & Los Angeles
Grand Central Market Los Angeles 90013 (Downtown) 317 S Broadway
Helms Bakery District Los Angeles 90034 8800 Venice Blvd
LA Fashion District Los Angeles (Downtown) Fashion District, Centered Ninth & Main
LA Flower District Los Angeles 90014 (Downtown) Wall St & Seventh St
Little Tokyo District Los Angeles 90012 (Little Tokyo) East First St between San Pedro & Central
Koreatown Galleria Los Angeles 90006 (Koreatown) 3250 W Olympic Blvd
Koreatown Plaza Los Angeles 90006 (Koreatown) 928 S Western Ave
Melrose Avenue Shopping District Los Angeles 90019 (Melrose) Melrose Ave & Highland Ave
Olvera Street Los Angeles 90012 (Downtown) 845 N Alameda St
Original Farmers Market Los Angeles 90036 (Fairfax) Fairfax Ave & Third St
The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center Los Angeles 90045 (Westchester) 6081 Center Dr
Santee Alley Los Angeles 90015 (Downtown) Fashion District, Santee St & Olympic Blvd
Robertson Boulevard Shopping District Los Angeles 90048 (South Robertson) Robertson Blvd btwn Santa Monica Blvd & 3rd St
West Third Street Los Angeles 90048 (Fairfax) Third St between Fairfax Ave & Orlando Ave
Plaza Mexico Lynwood 90262 3100 E Imperial Hwy
Malibu Country Mart Malibu 90265 Civic Center Way & Pacific Coast Hwy
Palisades Village Pacific Palisades 90272 15225 Palisades Village Lane
Old Town Pasadena Pasadena 91103 Colorado Blvd between Pasadena Ave & Arroyo Pkwy
Ports O' Call Village San Pedro 90731 Berth 75 & 79
Third Street Promenade Santa Monica 90401 Third St Promenade between Broadway & Wilshire
Main Street Santa Monica Santa Monica 90405 Main St between Pico Blvd & Navy St
Montana Avenue Santa Monica 90403 Montana Ave between Seventh St & 17th St
Universal CityWalk Universal City 91608 100 Universal City Plaza
Venice Beach Boardwalk Venice 90291 Ocean Front Walk btwn Rose & Washington Blvd
Uptown Whittier Whittier 90601 Greenleaf Ave & Philadelphia St

Two Japanese confectionary shops (wagashi) in Little Tokyo are among the oldest food establishments in Los Angeles. The shop Fugetsu-do was founded in 1903 and is said to be the oldest food establishment still operating in Los Angeles.

During the 2000s, a number of Los Angeles County shopping malls disappeared or were completely renovated, only to be replaced by "open air" shopping centers. These included Fallbrook Mall in West Hills (first opened in 1964 - now Fallbrook Center), Sherman Oaks Galleria (first opened in the 1970s), and Whittwood Mall in Whittier (first opened in 1958 - now Whittwood Town Center). and Santa Monica Place (first opened in 1980).

Long Beach Plaza, a two level regional mall opened in the 1982, went into eventual decline and was demolished in 2000 (except for the parking structure). The location was rebuilt as an open air retail/residential district.

Hawthorne Plaza, opened in Hawthorne in 1977, once boasted 130 stores. The mall declined and closed in 1999.