A Bay Place buying destination is closing permanently

Soon after 51 many years in procedure, a Bay Area shopping spot is closing for great to make way for a substantial biotech campus and housing. 

The 44-acre assets wherever The Shops at Tanforan presently stands was not long ago obtained by the Pasadena-centered agency Alexandria Serious Estate, which ideas to develop 1 million sq. ft of workplace house and at minimum 1,000 homes on the web-site found around the San Bruno BART station on El Camino Authentic. 

The organization acquired the residence in three separate transactions totaling $328 million, the Mercury Information reported. $105.25 million went towards the web-site of the JCPenney retailer in September 2021, while a further $128 million secured anchor tenant Sears. The remaining $95.2 million protected the charge of the relaxation of the retail and restaurant intricate in a remaining obtain that took area this week. 

“The retail apocalypse,” exacerbated by the pandemic and a significant shift to on line browsing, experienced prolonged negatively impacted buying facilities like Tanforan, Jovan Grogan, San Bruno’s metropolis supervisor, stated in a assertion.


“Then the affect of shelter-at-dwelling and other public health constraints since March 2020 led to the closure of many of Tanforan’s stores,” which include Sears, Grogan added. 

In response, the San Bruno Metropolis Council adopted a Reimagining Tanforan Land Use Truth Sheet in July 2021 to really encourage buyers to evaluate the shopping center’s probable for mixed-use progress. 

It’s a historical internet site that traces back again to the Tanforan racetrack designed renowned by Seabiscuit. The track was also in some cases used as an airfield and was household to the first profitable shipboard plane landing, a feat accomplished by aviator Eugene Ely. “It’s A Superb Life” director Frank Capra filmed scenes for two of his motion pictures there, “Broadway Bill” and “Riding Significant.” Later on, the area was made use of as a short term detention heart for Japanese Us residents before they ended up despatched to jail camps through Globe War II, as a plaque in a backyard outside the house of the mall notes. It will be changed with a new memorial later this spring.

It really is not quickly obvious when the shopping mall will near its doorways, but Grogan is optimistic about the transform and stated it “sets the phase for the Town of San Bruno to initiate a community grasp preparing approach that will crystalize the vision for this crucial piece of land in the heart of San Bruno and the flourishing Peninsula economic corridor.”

The Bay City News Company contributed to this report.