(via ELS Architecture)
This week, Eastridge Center celebrates its 45th birthday!
As we stand on the cusp of another major renovation, we thought it would be fun to look back at our history since we first opened our doors in 1971.
Spanning 1.4 million square feet of space, Eastridge drew attention at its grand opening for being the largest indoor shopping center west of the Mississippi.
Original stores included JCPenneys, Sears, Macy’s, Sees Candies, and even had an indoor ice skating rink!
Embracing the popular “mod” style, the original Eastridge was full of gorgeous, multi-layer fountains and conversation pits.
With 160 stores, Eastridge was garnering major attention and giving its competitors a run for their money.
Eastridge changed hands in 1999, with new owners, General Growth Properties, eager to breathe some life into the dated property and adapt to the changing community.
In 2005, major renovations were undertaken. The Emporium (formerly Liberty House), which had sat vacant for many years, was given a complete overhaul, being replaced by a Bed Bath and Beyond and Barnes and Noble, a store the community had been rallying for for years.
The biggest (and most anticipated) addition was the brand new AMC theater, providing a much-needed theater option for local residents.
Today, Eastridge, under the direction of Pacific Retail Capital Partners, continues to welcome the community through its doors for more than just a great shopping experience–Eastridge regularly hosts events to raise health awareness, feed the public, and to create a fun and exciting atmosphere for people to connect.
Friday, May 27, we can’t wait to party as we dish up cake and ice cream and fun for you–we hope you’ll join us in celebrating 45 years of serving our community!
Special Thanks to: