Hilltop Mall
Hilltop Mall is a mall in the Hilltop neighborhood of Richmond, California. Hilltop is managed and co-owned by Simon Property Group, and is anchored by longtime tenants JC Penney, Macy's, Sears, and lastly Wal-Mart, a 2007 addition.

Hilltop Mall opened in September of 1976, built on land previously occupied by the Chevron Oil Corporation tank farm. The mall was developed by the A. Alfred Taubman, who also developed several other shopping malls in the East and South Bay Area, including Eastridge Center in San Jose, Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton and Sunvalley Mall in Concord. Originally it was anchored by a bright red-tiled Capwell's, JCPenney and Macy's soon followed, closing their neighboring store in downtown Richmond at the same time. Capwell's changed its name to Emporium-Capwell in 1979, before becoming simply Emporium in 1990. Sears was also added in 1990, the last expansion of this property. Once opened the mall attracted the major anchors of Richmond's downtown, which became deserted with nearly all stores closing although many acknowledge that their trend predated Hilltop due to economic and safety issues. The mall remained largely unchanged until 1996 when the Emporium store closed following its merger with Federated, who owned Macy's. The store remained vacant until October 1998, when Macy's refurbished and relocated their existing store into the former Emporium space. However, Federated chose not to have two Macys at Hilltop (unlike Sun Valley, Stoneridge, and others) and closed the original store. That building would remain vacant until WalMart took it over in the Spring of 2007. The Taubman shopping center interests, which had become a publicly traded real estate investment trust in 1992, were reorganized in 1998 and the GM Pension Trust assumed full-ownership of Hilltop Mall at this time, retaining Taubman Centers as manager. In its turn, in 2004 the GM Pension Trust sold a half-interest in a portfolio of shopping centers, including Hilltop to The Mills Corporation, which also assumed management of the center. After several years of delay, Wal-Mart opened on April 11, 2007 on the site Macy's vacated in 1998. In July 2007, Simon Property Group purchased the entire The Mills Corporation portfolio including other Bay Area properties: Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton, California and Great Mall in Milpitas, California.

  • JCPenney (207,600 ft²/19,287m³)
  • Sears (135,000 ft²/12,542m³)
  • Macy's (190,700 ft²/17,717m³)
  • Wal-Mart (150,000 ft²/19,935m³)
  • 24-Hour Fitness Magic Johnson Sport (37,383 ft²/3,473m³)

Hilltop Mall has dozens of smaller clothing boutiques for men, women, teens, and children. It has shoe stores including Shiekh Shoes, Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, and Shoe Palace, electronics stores such as GameStop, and athletic stores such as Champs Sports and Finish Line. Hilltop Mall also features many other mainstream retailers such as Anchor Blue, Claire's, and Zumiez. Hilltop has several big name places to eat or snack, such as Maggie Moo's Ice Cream, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Subway, Wings To Go, Cazuela's Grill, and Great Khan's Mongolian BBQ. There are also jewelry stores, stationers, luggage shops, music, video, gift and toy stores. There are also restaurants, mostly fast food, that include Burger King, McDonald's and others. Miscellaneous services include a hair salon, manicurist, portrait studios, a dentist and optometrists. There is a wide range of catering facilities and a health bar at the 24 Hour Fitness Magic Johnson Sport gym. American Carousel Works just opened its first Bay Area carousel at Hilltop Mall in May 2009.

Notes and references
Oakland Tribune (Richmond area edition), Sept. 3, 1976, page 13

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