Westfield Galleria at Roseville

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Westfield Galleria at Roseville
Westfield Galleria at Roseville (formerly: Galleria at Roseville) is an upscale shopping mall in Roseville, California, United States. Owned by the Westfield Group, it is located at the corner of Galleria Boulevard and Roseville Parkway at the junction of State Route 65 and Interstate 80.

An early plan considering building a mall in the neighboring city of Rocklin. After a long and tedious process, the Rocklin plans were scrapped and were submitted to Roseville. On July 25, 1995, a phased mall with three anchors was approved. On June 25, 1998, after stronger than anticipated demand, a single phase mall with four anchors was approved after Nordstrom committed to building a store as the fourth anchor. The $100 million Galleria at Roseville was built and opened in 2000 by Urban Retail Properties, Inc., anchored by Macy's, Nordstrom, JCPenney, and Sears. In 2000, Urban was acquired by Rodamco North America, N.V, a Netherlands-based real estate investment company. The center was subsequently sold to the Westfield Group in 2002 with the dissolution of Rodamco. At that time, the center was renamed "Westfield Shoppingtown Galleria at Roseville." Westfield dropped the "shoppingtown" part from its U.S. centers, and now the name is "Westfield Galleria at Roseville." Locals refer to it just as "The Galleria" or "Roseville Galleria" or "The Mall". In April 2004, Westfield submitted plans to expand the 4 year old mall which was a victim of its own success. The Galleria had been losing out on new store concepts as the center remained nearly 100% occupied since its opening. After many changes to the original plan, the expansion was approved to consist of: expansion of Macy's, JCPenney, and Sears, space for 100 new stores, 2 parking garages, a new 50% bigger dining terrace consisting of 820 seats, relocation of Crate & Barrel, and numerous changes to the Promenade. The originally $150 million dollar plan, was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009 at a final cost of $270 million. In the summer of 2007, the Plateau Deck was completed and Westfield completed roadway improvements at the Galleria Blvd. offramp from southbound State Route 65, installed a roundabout at the Antelope Creek entrance, installed dual left turn lanes into the mall at the Reserve Drive and West Drive entrances from Roseville Parkway, and made many other changes to the Ring Road on the mall property to improve traffic flow around the new parking structures. 2008 marked the Galleria's first year of substantial business closures. Wilson's Leather, Crescent Jewelers, KB Toys and Whitehall Jewelers all closed; however, all those closures were due to complete company liquidations and had nothing to do with their performance at their Galleria locations. McDonald's was bought and closed by Westfield to facilitate the mall construction and to provide additional parking in the future. Despite the closures, Cheesecake Factory opened their new restaurant separate from the expansion that was under construction at the time.A Borders bookstore used to anchor the outdoor Promenade at its south end. It closed in early 2008 due to corporate restructuring and because of its close proximity to another Roseville-area Borders store less than 3 miles (4.8 km) away. After a period of vacancy, Urban Outfitters opened in July 2009 in the space previously leased by the bookstore. On November 13, 2008, the $190 million phase 1 of the $270 million expansion opened to 42 new and relocated stores as well as the Cliff Deck. In the Fall of 2008, Westfield Galleria at Roseville surpassed Arden Fair Mall as the largest mall in the Sacramento metropolitan area both in size and number of stores. Although in a suburb of Sacramento, some high-end stores have chosen Roseville over Sacramento due to the better demographics and strong retail pull of Roseville. A Copeland's Sports used to anchor the Promenade. This location weathered numerous store closures until Copeland's was completely shut down. The site functioned as the mall office, and Restoration Hardware storage until construction began on transforming it into a XXI Forever flagship which opened in November 2009. 2009 saw the opening and relocation of numerous stores, continuing through to the end of the year, bringing the total number of stores to nearly 250. 2010 included other store openings, relocations, and expansions as part of the mall's redistricting strategy to group similar stores together. There were also a few closures. The Buckle, Claire's, and Abercrombie & Fitch, and Express opened relocated stores. New stores and restaurants included: Tuttimelon, Zumiez, Tommy Bahama, Dufault's Beauty Boutique, Papyrus, Gilly Hicks, Ruby Thai Kitchen, Artifacts, Gordon Biersch Tavern, Hugo Boss, Clarks, Ecco, and Francesca's Collections. Victoria's Secret and Brighton Collectibles relocated. New stores/restaurants included Chapel Hats, Diva, Best Buy Mobile, and Jelly Belly, while closures included UFood Grill, Pure Beauty Boutique, Ground Zero Boardshop, Franklin Covey, and Peek. A police standoff and fire in October 2010 further impacted the stores in the mall. In December 2010, to commemorate the community support and gradual re-opening of the mall in time for the holiday season, the Sacramento Choral Society arranged for a "flash mob" to suddenly and unexpectedly sing the Hallelujah Chorus to mall-goers. The turnout was so significant, that mall officials and law enforcement felt that the number of people in the mall exceeded the maximum capacity, especially since not all of the mall was entirely re-open yet from the fire two months prior. As a result, the mall was evacuated for the remainder of the evening, further hurting pre-Christmas sales. The crowd moved into the parking garage and surrounding areas, and continued to sing.

Community involvement
Westfield Galleria is home to many community events, including The Volunteer Boutique and the Dream, Play, House. In 2006, The Dream, Play, House event helped raise over $110,000 for the Placer County Child Abuse Prevention Council. The Galleria also plays host to many Roseville Chamber of Commerce events including the Roseville 2008. In 2007, the KNCI Week of Wishes Radiothon raised over $276,000 in 36 hours.

"The case developed several years ago when a youth pastor was arrested at the Galleria Mall in Roseville, California, for having a conversation about religion with two other people. Matthew Snatchko, who works with youth at his church, was interrupted in the middle of a conversation by a security guard. A second guard joined the confrontation and told Snatchko he was being placed under citizen's arrest for "trespassing." The pastor said he agreed to leave but instead, the guards grabbed him, roughly shoved him against a storefront window and handcuffed him tightly enough to draw blood. Snatchko later was taken to the police station where he was booked on charges of battery and trespassing. A short time later the charges were dropped, but officials with the Pacific Justice Institute decided to pursue a case against the mall over the impact of the policy on free speech." The charges against Matthew Snatchko were later dropped and expunged. After a superior court judge granted summary adjudication in favor of Westfield on the key legal issues in the case, the parties stipulated to a judgment on all remaining issues in order to expedite appellate review. On August 11, 2010, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District issued an opinion signed by future Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye finding that Westfield's mall rules favoring commercial over noncommercial speech were unconstitutional under Pruneyard Shopping Center v. Robins (1980), and remanded to the superior court for further proceedings.

Sacramento Capitals
In 2007, the Sacramento Capitals tennis team has announced that the Galleria will be the new home for Capitals Stadium (known as Allstate Stadium from 2003”“2009). They committed to at least five years at the new stadium. The World Team Tennis Championships were also be held at the Galleria. The stadium held up to 5,000 spectators. Plans were to expand the facility to accommodate 10,000 spectators. For the 2007 season, the Capitals starred Anna Kournikova and guest player Lindsay Davenport. The Sacramento Capitals won the World Team Tennis 2007 championship on their home court in Roseville in front of over 4,000 fans. Allstate Stadium was once again chosen to host the championships for the 2008 season. In 2010, Allstate elected not to renew their naming rights deal, and the stadium is now known as Capitals Stadium at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville and was downsized due to lack of attendance. In 2011, it was announced that the Capitals would be returning to their original home to Sunrise Mall in neighboring Citrus Heights.

October 21, 2010 Fire
On October 21, 2010, at around 10:30 am, a major fire occurred in the Galleria. The fire was started in the GameStop store and was caused by arson. The suspect had a backpack (filled with unknown items) and claimed to have a handgun when he entered the store. The suspect claimed that his "sister had been kidnapped by aliens", then told employees to exit the GameStop, at which point, he barricaded himself in the GameStop and set fire to the merchandise. SWAT, firemen and the police arrived after a call, and a standoff occurred outside the GameStop while the mall was evacuated. The suspect, Alexander Piggee, age 23, was caught and arrested. The bomb squad had tried to search the backpack, but their attempt was stopped when the fire unexpectedly erupted again, after having been quieted down by the sprinklers. The fire caused significant damage to part of the mall, but was brought under control after approximately four hours. It has been reported that the night before he had set a fire in an Antelope Wal-Mart and police were already searching for him. Piggee had also set fire to his grandmother's house the week before the incident at the Galleria Mall. No injuries were reported during these incidents. Extra firefighters from nearby communities were called in to help fight the fire. A total of 20 stores were destroyed by the fire, including the Gamestop, Anchor Blue, FYE, American Eagle Outfitters, and PacSun. A section of the roof also collapsed into the fire area. Damage is estimated by ATF officials at around $55 million. Though the majority of the building was left intact after the fire, the mall was closed for a week. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Placer County the day after the fire. Roseville city officials have said that as many as 40 stores in the undamaged sections of the mall reopened on Thursday, October 28. Another 80 Stores, including Macy's were re-opened by Thanksgiving and the 40 stores near the fire area plan to be reopened after the first of the year. On October 28 the undamaged part of the mall re-opened, and two days later a party was held at the mall to celebrate the reopening, as well as Halloween and to get support in the rebuilding of the mall. As of December 1, 2010, 130 stores have been reopened. As of March 2011, 160 stores are now open. It's been announced that the damaged wing of the mall will be rebuilt and reopened by October 2011. Some stores will not be returning, however, will be replaced by new retailers.

Mall anchors and majors
  • Macy's 220,000 sq ft.
  • JCPenney 185,000 sq ft.
  • Nordstrom 144,000 sq ft.
  • Sears 135,000 sq ft.
  • XXI Forever Flagship 32,800 sq ft.
  • Crate & Barrel Flagship 31,000 sq ft.
  • H&M Flagship 23,050 sq ft.
  • Pottery Barn Flagship 21,000 sq ft.
  • Victoria's Secret Flagship 11,700 sq ft. (Coming 2011)
  • Urban Outfitters 10,700 sq ft.
  • Tilly's 9,800 sq ft. (Currently Closed)
  • Express 9,200 sq ft.
  • Restoration Hardware Flagship 9,100 sq ft.
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Apple
  • Aldo
  • Banana Republic
  • BCBG Max Azria
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Burberry
  • Clarks
  • Coach (Currently Closed)
  • Ecco
  • Express
  • Gilly Hicks
  • Guess
  • Hugo Boss
  • Ilori
  • Johnston & Murphy
  • Juicy Couture
  • Lacoste
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Lucky Brand Jeans
  • Michael Kors
  • Oakley
  • Swarovski
  • Talbots
  • Tiffany & Co
  • Tommy Bahama
  • True Religion