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Glendale Galleria plans major renovation

Kum9yrnc The Glendale Galleria shopping mall announced that a major renovation will begin this summer.

The news came just weeks after major competitor Rick Caruso revealed that he had bought the large Nordstrom space at the Galleria, and that he would move the high-end retailer next door to what will eventually be his expanded Americana at Brand mall in Glendale.

In March, Caruso announced that Nordstrom would be a key part of an expansion of the 15.5-acre Americana in 2013 but pledged to find retailers for the newly vacated space, but also called for an overhaul of Galleria II — the part of the mall between Central Avenue and Brand.

The Galleria and Americana, Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive of General Growth Properties said, should be viewed “as one retail area. We are going to do things that are completely win-win.”

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Photo: Shoppers make their way through the Glendale Galleria on Dec. 13, 2009. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (11)

Last time I was there it was the last time I was ever going.

The Mall's time is over.

win-win=more money

Glendale Galleria is intimately scaled and convenient.
Americana is shopping by disney.

Why are they charging for parking at the americana when parking is totally free at the galleria?

Well, the Glendale Galleria killed the Eagle Rock Plaza back in the 1980's. Now the Americana has killed Glendale Galleria. Justice served.

Lisa Byers, USC '81

The Glendale Galleria is right across the street from The Americana. They cancel each other out. I don't go to either.

I was at the Galleria yesterday on my day off, and sitting in the food court I was remembering as a kid watching the place being built in 1976, along with the extension in 1984, and displacing all the Victorian homes once located along Broadway Street. I couldn't help but think how the banded brick walls feel so oddly mixed and outdated with it's past attempts at "updating." Even though it's more than likely a tax revenue cash cow for the city of Glendale, it feels like a mausoleum. It's time to tear it down and open it up. I read here in the Times earlier this year that Caruso was attempting to purchase it outright. Hopefully he'll succeed and make it more inviting. Even though his idea of inviting seems more of a "Disney-fied" Main Street USA kind of way, anything than it is now would have to be an improvement.

Only reason I go to the Galleria is the free parking and then cross the street to the Americana.
So for me its been a win-win.

there's something called The Grove over near 3rd and Fairfax and guess what? it's a perfect simulacrum of The Americana.
these mega-concept-outdoor malls with dancing water fountains are putting the pressure on the old school indoor malls to revive themselves. witness: Santa Monica Place.
the best part of the new mall concept are the apartments you can rent on-site.
hey, you can LIVE at the mall !!

The first time I went to The Americana, it was an interesting look, but guess where I spent my money? At the Galleria.

Ditto last Christmas. There's nothing much at the Americana that interests me as far as shopping is concerned. I think the only place I spent money there was at the Jamba Juice...

It would be interesting to see what the new Galleria's plans are. It's been looking like the 1980s forever :) Speaking of the '80s, I do have many fond memories going there as a teenager...had my first date there.

Bloomingdales please!


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