Saviers Road and West Channel Islands Boulevard
Oxnard, California

Oxnard's first shopping mall came about as an extension of the city's SUPER SHOPPING CENTER, which had opened in stages between September 1954 and February 1956. Construction commenced at a 32 acre site across the road in October 1964. The parcel, located 1.2 miles south of downtown Oxnard, was developed by George and Ronald Binder under the auspices of the Beverly Hills-based Oxnard Center Company.

The first operational store in the open-air OXNARD MALL, a 1-level (126,000 square foot) Unimart, began business April 21, 1966. Next came a (25,000 square foot) Thrifty Drug, operated in conjunction with an older location in the SUPER SHOPPING CENTER. The newer store was dedicated September 29, 1966.

OXNARD MALL was officially dedicated, with Sally Shops, Smarty Look ladies' wear, Toy World and Karl's Shoes, on November 2, 1966. The center's south anchor, a 1-level (76,000 square foot) Grant City, also rang its first sale on grand opening day.

Upon its completion in early 1967, OXNARD MALL encompassed 340,000 leasable square feet and thirty-one stores and services. The 6 million dollar shopping complex was known by a series of different names during its early years, such as OXNARD PLAZA and TWIN CENTERS MALL.

A major competitor came on the scene during 1970. THE ESPLANADE {3.7 miles north, also in Oxnard} became the area's "primary" mall, with OXNARD / TWIN CENTERS being demoted to a secondary-type shopping hub.

A movie palace was soon built as a southwest outparcel of the mall proper. The National General Corporation Fox Oxnard showed its first feature May 24, 1969. The theater would be in operation until late 1982.

Unimart became the first rebranded anchor store at TWIN CENTERS. In late 1969, Disco Fair, a division of New York City-based Beck Industries, assumed the store space. On October 24, 1973, a Two Guys discount mart moved in. This was shuttered in November 1978. On the opposite end of the mall, Grant City went dark in late 1975, Its space was renovated and re-opened, as a Mervyn's, May 1, 1976.

A renovation of OXNARD / TWIN CENTERS was undertaken in March 1979. The main mallway was enclosed and climate-controlled, with green and beige terrazzo floors installed. The 3 million dollar project culminated with a grand opening celebration held November 1, 1979.

The festivities were hosted by Mayor Tsujio Kab and Marie Garcia, the reigning "Miss Oxnard". New stores included J.C. Penney (in the old Two Guys space), as well as Foot Locker, Lerner Shops, Kinney Shoes, Fashion Conspiracy, Burt's Shoes, Waldenbooks and Musicland. As part of the reinvention, the center was officially renamed CENTERPOINT MALL.

J.C. Penney pulled the proverbial plug on their CENTERPOINT MALL store November 2, 1986. The space would sit vacant until September 7, 1991, when Salt Lake City-based Smith's Food & Drug opened for business. This store was shuttered in 1994.

Soon after, 20,000 square feet at the rear of the vacant J.C. Penney / Smith's was sectioned into a facility for Ventura County Public Health. The remaining (85,900 square foot) portion was rebuilt into an Albertsons supermarket. This morphed into a Lucky Stores operation in June 2009, which shut down October 15, 2010.

The vacant Lucky Store was divided into two parts. Santa Fe Springs, California-based Superior Grocers opened (in 61,300 square feet) on June 22, 2011. Pleasanton, California's dd's discounts (encompassing 24,600 square feet) began business in June 2012. Meanwhile, an adjacent 6,500 square foot section had been renovated. It opened, as a Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree, in September 2011.

On the south end of the mall, Mervyn's went dark in December 2008. Its 78,000 square foot building was renovated and opened, as a WalMart, in January 2013.


The Oxnard Press-Courier


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