Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Mission Valley Center

San Diego, California - 1961

Mission Valley Center aerial taken at the time of the mall's opening, looking here toward the Montgomery Ward anchor store. Compare this photo with the current aerial below, to see all the growth in ensuing years--not only with the mall itself, but also the surrounding area. Boy have things changed!

Mall history: 1961 - present
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Info from Wikipedia
Previous entries: 1


Blogger Mitch Glaser said...

I recently visited Mission Valley Center and took a lot of pictures.

This mall has undergone a lot of changes over the years. After this picture was taken, it grew larger and more upscale with the addition of Bullock's and Saks. More recently, it's become a hybrid with discounters like Target, Sports Chalet, Nordstrom Rack, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. A nice complement to nearby Fashion Valley.

Wed Sep 27, 06:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

This Mall also has one of AMC Theatre's top grossing units, the Mission Valley 20. The 2nd Anchor there is May Company, later Robinsons-May and now Macy's.

Wed Sep 27, 06:45:00 PM  
Anonymous dean said...

This mall is pretty cool in that you can park underneath it. They still have the original Speedramps to take you to the shopping level.

I can't say I like the current design treatment of the place -- it looks like it was done on the cheap. At some time all the "festival" themed mall designs of the late 80's early 90's are going to look very dated.....then 30 years later we are going to look back with nostalgia.

Fri Sep 29, 03:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Adrian said...

When I was a young lad (late 80s, early 90s) that giant Target was still a Montgomery Ward with the Electric Avenue department on the second floor. We bought our first computer from there in 1992, and we even have a sewing machine from that store that still works!

Tue Oct 31, 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My friends and I are trying to remember the large book store that was in the mall in 1968. It was just east of center, on the south side.

Tue May 22, 12:49:00 AM  

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