- Westfield San Francisco Centre
infobox shopping mall
shopping_mall_name = Westfield San Francisco
image_width = 250
San Francisco, California, USA
opening_date = October 1988
developer = Sheldon Gordon
The Westfield Group
The Westfield Group& Forest City Enterprises
number_of_stores = 401 [ [http://www.westfield.com/sanfrancisco/ourstores/ Westfield ] ]
number_of_anchors = 9
floor_area = 1.25 million ft² retail &
250,000 ft² office [http://westfield.com/corporate/newsroom/announcements/2006/2006929_96487.html]
floors = 9
website = [http://www.westfield.com/sanfrancisco/ westfield.com/sanfrancisco]
Westfield San Francisco Centre is an upscale, urban shopping center located in
San Francisco, Californiamanaged by The Westfield Groupand co-owned by Westfield and Forest City Enterprises. It is anchored by Nordstromand Bloomingdale's, and includes a Century Theatresmultiplex, a Bristol Farmsgourmet grocery store and a branch of San Francisco State University.
Originally developed by Sheldon Gordon (co-developer of
The Forum Shops at Caesarsand Beverly Center) the center opened in October 1988 as San Francisco Shopping Centre with approximately convert|500000|sqft|m2 of space, the then-largest Nordstromstore (350,000 square feet) on the top several floors, the first spiral escalators in the United States, and connecting through to the adjoining Emporium-Capwell flagship store.
After a slow start, it soon became one of the top performing shopping centers in the country. In 1996, the adjoining Emporium (it had dropped the Capwell name by then) was shuttered in the wake of
Federated Department Stores' buyout of its parent, Broadway Stores. The vacated store was temporarily used as a Macy's furniture store while it renovated its Union Square flagship in 1997.
In May 1997,
Urban Shopping Centers, Inc., a Real Estate Investment Trust acquired a half-interest and management of the center. This was followed by Urban's own buyout by Rodamco North America N.V. (a European property firm primarily invested in the United States) in October 2000 and Rodamco's subsequent sale to a consortium including The Westfield Groupin January 2002. Westfield acquired its initial 50% stake in the center at this time and soon bought the rest.
In 2003, Forest City, which had acquired redevelopment rights to the long vacant Emporium store from Federated, reached an agreement with Westfield to jointly redevelop the two properties. The newly expanded mixed-use Westfield San Francisco Centre that was unveiled September 28, 2006, includes
Bloomingdale'sWest Coast flagship store, a nine-screen Century Theatresmultiplex theater, and a satellite campus for San Francisco State Universityin its 1.5 million ft² of space.
The redevelopment cost $440 million. Only the front facade and landmark dome of the original structure were preserved; the rest of the structure was completely gutted and replaced. Upon completion of the project, Forest City became an equity partner and along with Westfield assumed responsibility for day-to-day management.
Anchors & Major Tenants
Bloomingdale's(338,000 ft²; opened 2006)
Nordstrom(350,000 ft²; opened 1988)
Century Theatres9-screen multiplex (53,000 ft²)
Bristol Farms(30,000 ft²; opened 2006)
San Francisco State UniversityCollege of Extended Learning (107,000 ft²; opened 2006)
* [http://westfield.com/corporate/pdf/media/060928%20WESTFIELD%20SAN%20FRANCISCO%20OPENS%20ITS%20DOORS_FACT%20SHEET%20(2).pdf Westfield San Francisco Centre Opening Fact Sheet]
* [http://westfield.com/corporate/newsroom/announcements/2006/2006929_96487.html Westfield San Francisco Centre Press Release]
* [http://www.icsc.org/srch/apps/newsdsp.php?storyid=2238®ion=main International Council of Shopping Centers]
* [http://westfield.com/sanfrancisco/ Home page]
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