Riverside Auto Center nearing 50 years

Riverside Auto Center nearing 50 years

Billed as the “World’s First Auto Center,” the 1965 opening of the Riverside Auto Center transformed the car-buying landscape in America, if not the world. What began in the late 1950s as a bold vision among three local car dealers – George Reade Sr. (Chevrolet), Charles W. “Bud” Dutton Sr. (Cadillac/Oldsmobile), and Julian Adrian “Red” Moss Sr. (Dodge) – to…

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Nordstrom Rack set to open at Riverside Plaza

Nordstrom Rack set to open at Riverside Plaza

Six months after being announced, the Riverside Plaza store of Nordstrom Rack is nearing its April 3rd opening date. The sibling of the high-end retailer will take up residence within a portion of the former Harris/Gottschalks/Forever 21 building, taking up a reported 45,000 sq. ft. on the ground level. The 3-story building underwent an extensive remodel over the past year…

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Updates, new stores coming to Riverside Plaza

Updates, new stores coming to Riverside Plaza

(UPDATE, Aug. 27: Thanks to commenter Matthew, we’ve added new images showing the exterior changes being made to the former Harris’ building. Note the designs, however, have changed somewhat from what is depicted within the images — namely, the reversing of the exterior escalator.) Construction has been underway for the past several months retrofitting the former Harris’/Gottschalks/Forever 21 department store…

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Out & About: Discover Riverside

Out & About: Discover Riverside

Ever wanted to peek inside Riverside’s historic Fox Theater? The recently renovated Municipal Auditorium? The red sandstone Universalist Church? Or maybe the former Rouse Department Store (now UCR/Culver Center of the Arts)? This Saturday (10/13), you will get your chance during a day-long event — “Discover Riverside” — presented by the AIAIC (American Institute of Architects – Inland California chapter)….

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Forever 21 completes move — and makeover — at Galleria at Tyler

Forever 21 completes move — and makeover — at Galleria at Tyler

Following 5 years of vacancy — and several months of renovation work — the former Broadway / Macy’s department store at Riverside’s Galleria at Tyler mall is once again occupied. Last weekend, the doors to the distinctive building reopened as Forever 21 relocated its smaller inline mall store into the much larger pad located at the north end of the…

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Work begins on vacant Broadway at Galleria at Tyler

Work begins on vacant Broadway at Galleria at Tyler

After nearly 5 years of being vacant, renovation work has begun on the former Broadway/Macy’s department store at the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside. Unofficial reports have clothing retailer Forever 21 relocating from a smaller store elsewhere in the mall into the much larger, 3-story building. Opening with the then-Tyler Mall in 1970, the 164,000 sq. ft. store for The…

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Riverside’s Galleria at Tyler mall turns 40

Riverside’s Galleria at Tyler mall turns 40

In a fanfare of Spanish fashioned pageantry, Riverside’s new Tyler Mall will be trumpeted to a formal opening tomorrow morning, the 64-acre shopping center adding $40 million stature to the city’s retail sphere. It is the first mall-under-roof in the city. That’s how the local newspaper — The Press-Enterprise — described the city’s new retail mecca 40 years ago in…

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Local malls holding their own

On the heels of the worst holiday shopping season since 1969, the nation’s retail landscape is likely headed for moderate changes as weak and battered retailers file for bankruptcy protection, close stores and/or shut down entirely. The transformation could see shoppers, both nationally and locally, greeted in the coming months with more than a few empty storefronts lining the halls…

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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*. With the recent additions to the mall of an AMC theater complex…

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‘North Village’ opens at Galleria

‘North Village’ opens at Galleria

After several years without a multiplex theater, Riverside’s Galleria at Tyler mall is once again lighting up the big screen following last weekend’s opening of the AMC Tyler 16. As part of the mall’s “North Village” expansion, the AMC theater replaces the center’s original UA Theater that was cleared to make way for a free-standing Barnes & Noble in 2001….

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