Vallco Mall Cupertino (1,324,133 sq. ft.)
Years ago, Vallco Shopping Mall (previously, Vallco Fashion Park) easily passed as the finest enclosed mall in the South Bay. However, now it seems as if the expansion of nearby Westfield Valley Fair has taken its toll on this shopping center.
Type: Superregional center
Enclosed: Yes/Some Open Air
GLA: 124,115 m2 (1,336,009 sq. ft.)
Owner: Westfield Centres
Management Company: Westfield Centres
Grand Openings: 2000 (mall)
Anchor Closures: None
The anchors and major businesses in Vallco are:
Vallco also hosts Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market in the parking lot behind JC Penney. Running every Friday throughout the year, it is popular with the local residents of Cupertino and has been there for over a decade. The farmers’ market is host to many regional and local growers and producers.
Vallco Park started as a business park in the 1960s, formed from land owned by 25 Cupertino property owners. It was named for the primary developers: Varian Associates, and the Leonard, Lester, Craft, and Orlando families.
Vallco Fashion Park opened in September 1976 as one of the largest malls in the San Jose (soon to be known as “Silicon Valley”) region. Located in the affluent western suburb of Cupertino–which would become famous in later years as the home of Apple Computer–the mall sported Sears, JCPenney, and The Emporium (now Macy’s) as anchors. The mall got its rather sterile and discounty-sounding name from the center’s developers: Varian Associates, and the Leonard, Lester, Craft, and Orlando families. To me, it sounds like the kind of place that would have Totes, Bugle Boy, London Fog, and Van Heusen outlets.