Thursday, April 28, 2011

Macy's, Southland Mall, Hayward

A picture of Macy's at Southland Mall in Hayward, California. Macy's inherited this store when Federated Department Stores (Macy's parent) acquired Broadway Stores (parent of Emporium-Capwell) in 1995.

Designed by architect Avner Naggar, construction on this store started September 22, 1970 (Mills, 1970). The store opened to the public on July 30, 1972. A similar store open later that year at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights. Both stores were preceded by another Avner Naggar design in 1971 at Eastridge Mall in San Jose (Mills), which was demolished in 2005.

Liberty House of Hawaii entered the California market with the opening of the Eastridge Mall store August 1, 1971 (Rhodes Western Names New Head, 1971). Southland followed, then Sunrise, both in 1972.

Although the sky was gray, the winter sky provided a leafless opportunity for this photo.

Mills, Sue. (1970, August 21). $7 Million Store for Southland. Daily Review. Retrieved May 03, 2011, from

Rhodes Western Names New Head. (1971, July 27). Daily Review. Retrieved May 02, 2011 from


Jeff said...

Good to see the old Liberty House store again! I was a kid when this addition to the mall was built. It was new and modern and the mall was in its hey-day. Liberty House at Southland was a great store. Having 3 floors was new to the Southland Mall. It had a welcoming staff. The restaurant on the 3rd floor had great food and provided a nice eating experience. The space in between the escalators had display cases on cables moving up and down with mannequins dressed in the current fashions. Good memories of that mall during that time period!

Randy said...

The Liberty House stores in the mainland was a seperate offshoot division from the original Hawaii chain, just as Bullock's North was from the original Los Angeles-based chain.

Bullock's main upscale competitor in LA, Robinson's (along with their parent company Associated Dry Goods) created a chain named "Robinson's of Florida", based in St. Petersburg in 1973.