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MALL TALK

Your mallage may vary

Southern California isn't the home of the first mall, but the evolution of the form can certainly be seen here, from Fashion Island in Newport Beach to the Sherman Oaks Galleria. Current compares five local shopping centers.

December 10, 2006|SWATI PANDEY

*--* South Coast Plaza Sales per square foot More than $900 Square footage 2.8 million Number of stores 280 Indoor or open-air Indoor Number of parking spaces 13,930 Valet parking Yes Number of movie screens None Number of places to eat 39 Anchor store Sak's Fifth Avenue Big-name chain restaurant Wolfgang Puck's Cafe Best fast-food chain Wahoo's Fish Taco Cookies or pretzels? Cookies (Mrs. Fields) Techie store GameStop Girliest store Wet Seal Mind-boggling kids' store Disney Store Biggest teen attraction Surf shops, Paul Frank Number of bathrooms 9 sets Number of times they're cleaned Several times a day Best place to work Barney's Duration of Christmas display Nov. 1 to Jan. 1 Blow your money Cartier Bang for your buck Claire's Accessories Need a drink? The Clubhouse has a signature South Coast martini Military recruitment center? No Hot Dog on a Stick? No Fountain? Yes

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*--* Beverly Center Sales per square foot Not available Square footage 878,000 Number of stores About 160 Indoor or open-air Indoor Number of parking spaces 3,000 Valet parking Yes Number of movie screens 13 Number of places to eat 24 Anchor store Bloomingdale's Big-name chain restaurant Hard Rock Cafe Best fast-food chain Chipotle Cookies or pretzels? Cookies (Mrs. Fields) and pretzels (Auntie Anne's) Techie store Sony Style Girliest store Wet Seal Mind-boggling kids' store Momoberry by Sanrio Biggest teen attraction H&M Number of bathrooms 2 sets Number of times they're cleaned No comment Best place to work H&M Duration of Christmas display Nov. 2 to Jan. 5 Blow your money Louis Vuitton Bang for your buck H&M Need a drink? Sip while surrounded by shoppers at the Wave Restaurant and Bar, in the middle of the mall. Military recruitment center? No Hot Dog on a Stick? No Fountain? No

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*--* Glendale Galleria Sales per square foot More than $600 Square footage 1.5 million Number of stores More than 250 Indoor or open-air Indoor Number of parking spaces More than 6,500 Valet parking Yes Number of movie screens None Number of places to eat 40 Anchor store Nordstrom's Big-name chain restaurant Red Robin Best fast-food chain In-N-Out Cookies or pretzels? Cookies (Mrs. Fields) and pretzels (Auntie Anne's, Wetzel's) Techie store Bose Girliest store Club Libby Lu Mind-boggling kids' store The Lego Store Biggest teen attraction Skater stores, including Vans and Oakley Number of bathrooms 3 sets Number of times they're cleaned Hourly Best place to work Nordstrom's Duration of Christmas display Nov. 16 to Dec. 26 Blow your money Swarovski Bang for your buck Charlotte Russe Need a drink? Have a margarita at Red Robin or sake at Todai Military recruitment center? No Hot Dog on a Stick? Yes Fountain? No

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*--* Eagle Rock Plaza Sales per square foot Not available Square footage 460,000 Number of stores About 60 Indoor or open-air Indoor Number of parking spaces 2,300 Valet parking No Number of movie screens None Number of places to eat 9 Anchor store Macy's Big-name chain restaurant Chuck E. Cheese's Best fast-food chain None Cookies or pretzels? Cookies (Mrs. Fields) Techie store Radio Shack Girliest store J. Cute Nails Mind-boggling kids' store 145 Anime World (coming soon) Biggest teen attraction Arcade World Number of bathrooms No public restrooms Number of times they're cleaned Best place to work Target Duration of Christmas display Nov. 19 to Dec. 30 Blow your money Macy's Bang for your buck Payless ShoeSource Need a drink? Not available Military recruitment center? Yes Hot Dog on a Stick? No Fountain? No

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*--* Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Sales per square foot $500 Square footage 863,000 Number of stores More than 120 Indoor or open-air Indoor Number of parking spaces 3,600 Valet parking No Number of movie screens 12 Number of places to eat 21 Anchor store Macy's Big-name chain restaurant IHOP Best fast-food chain Fat Burger Cookies or pretzels? Cookies (Bakkers Cookies) and pretzels (Auntie Anne's) Techie store Radio Shack Girliest store All That Glitters Mind-boggling kids' store Disney Store Biggest teen attraction Underground Station Number of bathrooms 1 set Number of times they're cleaned Every 30 minutes Best place to work Underground Station and FYE Duration of Christmas display Nov. 5 to Jan. 1 Blow your money Macy's Bang for your buck Payless ShoeSource Need a drink? Not available Military recruitment center? Yes Hot Dog on a Stick? Yes Fountain? No

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- SWATI PANDEY

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