15555 East 14th Street • San Leandro, CA 94578
Score (5 out of 10)
Bayfair Mall (now rebranded as Bayfair Center) in San Leandro has been undergoing renovations slowly and methodically for the last five years. The shopping center is beginning to take shape and perhaps 50-60% complete. Buildings have been realigned to create more of a central corridor and a north entrance was removed. However, the owner is still keeping the full renovation plan a secret, so we have no idea what to expect.
Most of the remodeled areas of the center are full of modern retailers. However, the corridor between Macy’s and Target is empty. Much of the second floor is devoted to the Western Career College and devoid of any retailers. However, management has reopened access to the entire second floor, which provides access to the cinema. Nevertheless, the remodeling seems to be paying off and the interior is bustling with people.
Since the renovation, many big-box style retailers have joined the mix, including Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Old Navy, and Staples. A few national retailers and a number of local merchants occupy the interior. Macy’s could use a remodel, yet the Target is the best in the area.
Outside the mall is the popular Century Theatres 16 Bayfair, PetSmart and 24 Hour Fitness.
A newly remodeled food court is provided on the first level between Macy’s and Target. Replacing the older claustrophobic food court, the new food court is open and dramatic, with pendant lighting and modern colors. The elevator has been replaced with escalators to the second level, leading right to the cinema across the parking lot.
Bayfair Center is located in San Leandro, CA. It has no freeway visibility and may seem difficult to get to; much to its detriment. However, take I-580 and exit west on Fairmont or I-238 and exit north on Hesperian. A BART station with the same name is a short walk away.
Mondays – Fridays
10 AM – 9 PM
10 AM – 7 PM
11 AM – 6 PM
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Century Theatres 16
- Western Career College
Official site: Bayfair Mall
Type: Regional center
GLA: 75,808.880 m2 (816,000 sq. ft.)
Owner: Madison Marquette
Management Company: Madison Marquette
Year First Opened: 1957
Year Renovated: 2004 (Kohl’s added); 2005; 2009 (food court reopened)
Size: Average (-0.5)
Architectural Appearance: Average (-0.5)
Cleanliness: Hospital Clean!
Occupancy: Average (-0.5)
Stores: Mainstream (-0.5)
Store Quality: Standard (-0.5)
Parking: Average (-0.5)
Location: Not too bad (-0.5) (Easy BART access; not adjacent to freeways.)
Services: Website, security, community room (-0.5)
Uniqueness: Nice, but nothing to write home about (-0.5)