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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 argue, 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 terms of total retail space, Wikipedia's list of shopping centers by size show Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance (2.5 million square feet) and Lakewood Center in Lakewood (2.1 million square feet) as respectively the 6th and 20th 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. The Westfield Topanga & The Village shopping center in Canoga Park (California's first enclosed mall), however, is not in Wikipedia's list. That center is actually slightly larger than Lakewood Center.

Largest Shopping Centers/Malls in Los Angeles County

Ordered by Amount of Retail Space

Shopping Center Community Location Type Retail Space (Square Feet) Stores Opened
Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance 90503 3525 Carson St Indoor 2,500,000 233 1961
Westfield Topanga & The Village Canoga Park 91303 6700 Topanga Canyon Blvd Indoor 2,100,000 361 1964
Lakewood Center Lakewood 90712 500 Lakewood Center Mall Indoor 2,069,000 198 1951
Northridge Fashion Center Northridge 91324 9301 Tampa Ave Indoor 1,400,000 177 1971
Glendale Galleria Glendale 91210 100 W Broadway Indoor 1,300,000 189 1976
Shopping Center Community Location Type Retail Space (Square Feet) Stores Opened
Westfield Century City Los Angeles 90067 10250 Santa Monica Blvd Outdoor 1,300,000 217 1964
Santa Anita, Westfield Arcadia 91007 400 S Baldwin Ave Indoor 1,300,000 175 1974
Burbank Town Center Burbank 91502 201 E Magnolia Blvd Indoor 1,200,000 91 1991
Plaza West Covina West Covina 91790 112 Plaza Dr Indoor 1,200,000 153 1975
SouthBay Pavillion Carson 90746 20700 S Avalon Blvd Indoor 1,100,000 77 1973
Shopping Center Community Location Type Retail Space (Square Feet) Stores Opened
Westfield Valencia Town Center Valencia 91355 24201 Valencia Blvd Indoor 1,099,000 154 1992
Antelope Valley Mall Palmdale 93551 1233 Rancho Vista Blvd Indoor 1,040,000 117 1990
Los Cerritos Center Cerritos 90703 239 Los Cerritos Center Indoor 1,022,000 167 1971
Stonewood Center Downey 90241 251 Stonewood St Indoor 939,000 142 1958
Puente Hills Mall City of Industry 91748 1600 S Azusa Ave Indoor 932,000 92 1974
Shopping Center Community Location Type Retail Space (Square Feet) Stores Opened
South Bay Galleria Redondo Beach 90278 1815 Hawthorne Blvd Indoor 900,000 121 1985
The Americana at Brand Glendale 91210 889 Americana Way Outdoor 900,000 76 2008
Beverly Center Los Angeles 90048 8500 Beverly Blvd Indoor 883,000 104 1982
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Los Angeles 90008 3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Indoor 870,000 97 1947
Westfield Fashion Square Sherman Oaks 91423 14006 Riverside Dr Indoor 850,000 126 1962
Shopping Center Community Location Type Retail Space (Square Feet) Stores Opened
Westfield Culver City Culver City 90230 6000 Sepulveda Blvd Indoor 839,000 150 1975
Whittwood Town Center Whittier 90603 15608 Whittwood Ln Outdoor 783,000 61 1961
The Shops at Montebello Montebello 90640 2134 Montebello Town Ctr Indoor 750,000 136 1985
Manhattan Village Manhattan Beach 90266 3200 Sepulveda Blvd Indoor 648,000 69 1982
Ovation Hollywood* Hollywood 90028 6801 Hollywood Blvd Outdoor 640,000 66 2001
Shopping Center Community Location Type Retail Space (Square Feet) Stores Opened
The Grove Los Angeles 90036 189 The Grove Drive Outdoor 600,000 51 2002
Santa Monica Place Santa Monica 90401 395 Santa Monica Place Outdoor 560,000 69 1980
The Paseo Pasadena 91101 300 E Colorado Blvd Outdoor 553,000 50 2001
Eagle Rock Plaza Los Angeles 90041 2700 Colorado Blvd Indoor 466,000 45 1972
Citadel Outlets Commerce 90040 100 Citadel Dr Outdoor 431,000 115 1990
Shopping Center Community Location Type Retail Space (Square Feet) Stores Opened
Universal CityWalk Hollywood Universal City 91608 100 Universal City Plaza Outdoor 390,000 89 1993
FigAt7th Los Angeles 90017 735 S Figueroa St Outdoor 330,000 33 1986
Panorama Mall Panorama City 91402 8401 Van Nuys Blvd Indoor 315,000 62 1955
Sherman Oaks Galleria Sherman Oaks 91403 15301 Ventura Blvd Outdoor 300,000 36 1980
The Long Beach Exchange Long Beach 90808 4069 N Lakewood Blvd Outdoor 266,000 35 2018
2nd and PCH Long Beach 90803 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy Outdoor 230,000 60 2019

* Formerly Hollywood and Highland Center

Topanga Plaza (now Westfield Topanga & The Village), opened in Canoga Park in 1964 as California's first enclosed shopping mall.

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, opened in 1947 in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, was one of the first regional shopping centers built specifically with the automobile in mind.

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 90245 700 Pacific Coast Hwy
Glendora Village Glendora 91741 148 N Glendora Ave
Shoreline Village Long Beach 90802 401-435 Shoreline Village Dr
The Pike Outlets Long Beach 90802 95 S Pine Ave
Koreatown Galleria Los Angeles 90006 (Koreatown) 3250 W Olympic Blvd
Koreatown Plaza Los Angeles 90006 (Koreatown) 928 S Western Ave
Little Tokyo District Los Angeles 90012 (Little Tokyo) East First St between San Pedro & Central
Olvera Street Los Angeles 90012 (Downtown) 845 N Alameda St
Grand Central Market Los Angeles 90013 (Downtown) 317 S Broadway
Cooper Design Space Los Angeles 90014 (Downtown) Fashion District, Centered Ninth & Los Angeles
LA Fashion District Los Angeles 90014 (Downtown) Fashion District, Centered Ninth & Main
LA Flower District Los Angeles 90014 (Downtown) Wall St & Seventh St
California Market Center Los Angeles 90015 (Downtown) Fashion District, Ninth & Main
Santee Alley Los Angeles 90015 (Downtown) Fashion District, Santee St & Olympic Blvd
Little Ethiopia Los Angeles 90019 (Little Ethiopia) Fairfax Ave, btwn Olympic Blvd & Whitworth Dr
Melrose Avenue Shopping District Los Angeles 90019 (Melrose) Melrose Ave & Highland Ave
Helms Bakery District Los Angeles 90034 8800 Venice Blvd
Original Farmers Market Los Angeles 90036 (Fairfax) Fairfax Ave & Third St
HHLA Los Angeles 90045 (Westchester) 6081 Center Dr
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 Pasadena Pasadena 91103 Colorado Blvd between Pasadena Ave & Arroyo Pkwy
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
Abbot Kinney Boulevard Venice 90291 Abbot Kinney Blvd btwn Venice Blvd & Main St
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 as "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.

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.