Monday, October 05, 2009

Westgate Mall - Holding Its Own

Westgate Mall in San Jose is a small mall that seems to defy the odds. Malls this size around the country are either failing or struggling. However, Westgate Mall seems to be thriving.

Unusual for malls these days, but common yesteryear, is the connection this mall has to the community. You can still get your hair done at Annette's Silhouettes, get your teeth cleaned at Westgate Dental, then head to Razzberry Lips for a makeover party for the girls. Local independent stores, once a thing of the past in a mall, perhaps a trend for the future?

As a regional draw, Nordstrom Rack, Burlington Coat Factory, Ross Dress for Less, and Barnes and Noble Bookstore. A little something for everyone.

Saving the best for last... this mall is rarely crowded. One can walk around without being molested by Dead Sea Salt hawkers or hoards of people. Westgate Mall is easy to get into and you might want to stay a while.


Visit my review of Westgate Mall.

See the current aerial view.


Anonymous said...

When I first moved back to San Jose from San Diego in 1996 , I went to Westgate 2 or 3 times a week. Sears was still there then. I really liked that mall.(John!Cdx5W6JxxK7).

Anonymous said...

...Sears was never was Wards....

Anonymous said...

I remember going to this mall when I was a kid! There was a small amusement park at the end where Wards took over. It had a roller coaster and a couple of other kiddie rides. Also remember Pier One, Harts, Woolworth's with the lunch counter and and goldfish, and Thrifty where they sold ice cream cones for a nickel a scoop!!!!

Anonymous said...

I remember the roller coaster, Thrifty ice cream, the Woolworth's counter and goldfish also! Does anyone remember the food court downstairs with caramel corn that was also a fallout evacuation shelter in the 50's/60's?