Address:

1 Sunvalley Mall • Concord, CA 94520

(925) 825-0400

Score (8.5 out of 10)

Sun Valley mall (actually “Sunvalley Shopping Center”) in Concord has been an East Bay tradition for over forty years. Many years ago it included a food court, ice rink, cinema, aviaries, and fountains. Now, none of those things remain, but the focus is on mid to high end specialty shops.

Atmosphere

One thing you’ll notice is that this mall is very long. Before the outlawing of smoking in public places, I used to say, “on a clear day, you can see Penney’s from Sears!” The lower level is actually underground. Before the remodel, small “portholes” were the only openings from the upper level. It was quite claustrophobic. However, the remodel in 1986 opened up the floors and made it white and bright.

Stores

Sun Valley mall features a large selection of stores, more than any other mall in the East Bay. You can find most of what you’ll find at Stoneridge mall, but more. The Macy’s here is quite large for a suburban location and has even grown with the opening of the Men’s store in the old Emporium-Capwell building. Other deparment stores include JC Penney and Sears.

You’ll also find an H&M for trendy women and juniors. The men’s and children’s store is located in Broadway Pointe in Walnut Creek.

Food

You won’t find a food court here. Restaurants and eateries are generally grouped around the entrances. Most offer their own seating.

Parking

Sun Valley mall has numerous parking decks and loads of parking. However, it’s popularity makes it difficult to find a close parking space. I prefer the garage near the Macy’s Men’s store. I usually find a close spot on the second level. It appears as if a local car dealership uses the third and fourth levels to store cars, so that part of the garage is no longer available for shoppers.

Location

Sun Valley mall is located in Concord CA, on the west side of I-680 at Willow Pass Road. It’s easy to spot from the freeway.

In summary

Despite some gang-related problems or airport-related hazards, this shopping center is still one of the best malls in the Bay Area.

Hours:

Monday – Saturday

10 AM – 9 PM

Sunday

11 AM – 6 PM

Anchor Stores:

  • JC Penney
  • Macy’s Men’s, Children’s & Home
  • Macy’s Women’s
  • Sears

Stats:

Official site: Sun Valley Mall

Stores: 180

Type: Superregional center

Enclosed: Yes

GLA: 122,910.721 m2 (1,323,000 sq. ft.)

Levels: 2

Developer: Bayshore Properties (The Taubman Company)

Architect: John Savage Bolles

Owner: The Taubman Company

Management Company: The Taubman Company

Year First Opened: 1967

Year Renovated: 1986

Ratings:

Size: Large

Architectural Appearance: (-0.5)

Cleanliness: Hospital clean!

Occupancy: Bursting at the seams!

Stores: Upscale/Mainstream

Store Quality: Standard (-0.5)

Parking: Average (-0.5)

Location: Very convenient

Services: Website, information booth, printed directories, gift cards, free stroller and wheelchair rental, BART and bus schedules, mall walker program, photo copy and fax service.

Uniqueness: One-of-a-kind gem

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