Thursday, March 30, 2006

Inland Center Mall

San Bernardino, California - 1960's

History: 1960's - present
Current website: Here.
Previous entries: 1.


Blogger Mitch Glaser said...

The Broadway, once a dominant retailer in Southern California, had an iconic design that can be seen at the left of the image. Another example, in Huntington Beach in 1999. Although The Broadway is gone, many of these stores still exist as Macy's and Sears units.

The other anchor in the image, May Co. (now known as Robinsons-May) is about to meet the same fate as The Broadway. By this fall, all units will either be closed or converted to Macy's.

Southern California's malls were dominated by The Broadway, May Co., Robinson's, and Bullock's. All 4 of these local department store chains have been absorbed by Federated and are part of the Macy's "nationwide brand."

Mon Apr 03, 10:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Inland Center Mall went through some big changes in the 90's. In the early 90's, when Robinsons and May Company merged to form Robinsons-May, this May Company store closed, leaving only Sears and The Broadway. A few years later, Gottschalks opened a new store here (and merged with Harris in the later 90's, leading to the death of Carousel Mall about a mile up the road). Newberry's, which was located on a small lower level next to Gottschalks closed and nothing has replaced this spot yet. When Robinsons-May saw how good the mall was doing now, they built a new wing that extended from teh center court torwards the freeway and added a new Robinsons-May store here. This store just closed last month and will be remodeled and reopened as Macy's, with the current Macy's (old Broadway) closed and slated for demolition. Talks are they want to add a theatre on the site here.

Sat Apr 08, 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous James said...

When I was in this very mall in the 80's, I noticed the lower level of May Company was very vacant for a reason. What was a reason for this?

Also, in the 80's, the old Newberry's store in the lower level had the Big 5 Sporting Goods store, although the IC kept the Flipper Flapper Arcade until we saw no more of the lower level in the 90's. What was the IC staff's purpose of not wanting the lower level any more (Save the Gottschalks lower level)? My bet was that the last visit in 2005, I think, the IC staff sealed off the lower level in the mall itself. What's the history of this, Jeff?

Fri Feb 23, 01:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Steve Carras (me, posting as "Anonymous" due to forgetitng my password.:))

The May Co, is in some kinda of transition in its own iconic design, in repsonse to Mitch. Hey, Mr.Glaser, your link doens';t work, but the Inland center mall deisgn is htere and I have seen the Hungtington (the subject of link) Broadway. The May Co. doesn't ahve hits striped "circus Big-top" tent (South Cost Plaza,etc.) design, but it still have the top MAY CO deisgn I(very similair to the older fonts,. but not the seriffed "May Co." fonts on the front of the stores of the time. The Montclair Palza one is siniliar.:)

Tue Feb 26, 02:02:00 AM  
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