When the $100-million, 685,000-square-foot Crystal Court at South Coast Plaza opens Friday--Halloween--C. J. Segerstrom & Sons believes that the shoppers of Orange County are in for a treat. The only trick might be finding a place to park.
Located on 17.8 acres at 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, the latest expansion of the 19-year-old South Coast Plaza mall by California Pacific Properties is anchored by a 200,000-square-foot Broadway store and a 215,000-square-foot J. W. Robinson's.
The addition makes the 2.9-million-square-foot South Coast Plaza complex the largest shopping mall in the nation, substantially larger than the 2.65-million-square foot Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance or the 2.4-million-square-foot Lakewood Center Mall in Lakewood, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York-based trade group. The largest mall in North America is the 4-million-square-foot Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Canada.
A separate three-level parking structure constructed by Charles Pankow Builders, Altadena, will accommodate 2,700 vehicles. A spokeswoman for the owners said that a free shuttle is planned to link the extension with the original mall along Bristol Street, just north of the San Diego (405) Freeway.