Out & About – 02/23/2008

Out & About – 02/23/2008

Trips to local malls this weekend brought evidence of renovation and change at two of the region’s largest shopping centers.

First up, a quick stop at the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside saw the removal of the center’s original 1991 sign, itself a replacement for the 1970 sign*.

2008 - Montclair Plaza

2008 – Montclair Plaza
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With the recent additions to the mall of an AMC theater complex and several restaurants, including Yard House and The Cheesecake Factory, new freeway signage is not completely unexpected. In fact, we spotted new signage recently at the newly expanded parking garage that hinted a new logo — and new colors — might be forthcoming.

Elsewhere, a trip to Montclair Plaza gave us a chance to see that mall’s interior renovation currently underway. Meant to soften up the center’s somewhat industrial look (as a result of a 1986 expansion), the design includes ceiling enhancements, accent lighting, glass railings and new furniture. The work is being done after hours and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Also planned as part of Montclair’s renovation is the demolition of the 1968 building that once housed The Broadway and later Macy’s. The building sports classic 1960s modern design, a form that seems to be quickly disappearing from the local landscape. In fact, many of the iconic buildings that once housed The Broadway have met similar fates across Southern California over the last few years.

Finally, could the Montclair renovation provide a glimpse into possible future renovation at Montclair’s sister mall in Riverside? Though we’re not aware of any planned renovation of the interior for the Galleria at Tyler, both malls underwent similar expansions within five years of one another about 20 years ago. Likewise, both centers are owned by Chicago-based General Growth Properties.

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* Photo courtesy of RPD Remembers

Sources: General Growth Properties, The Press-Enterprise

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