Anyone living in or visiting Portland can find a plethora of shopping opportunities at Lloyd Center mall. With over 200 stores to choose from, using three levels and 1,472,000 square feet of space, anyone can find just about anything they need in this large shopping center.
The mall offers complimentary wheelchairs, a lost and found, strollers, gift cards, and a customer service center to make buyers' experience in the mall more pleasurable. Also, with Lloyd Center just a few minutes drive from downtown, the mall is only a short distance from other restaurants, shops, and attractions.
There's more to do in the mall than just shop and eat: within the mall is a Regal Cinemas theater that has 18 screens, and there's another bigger theater owned by Lloyd Center right across the street. On the floor level is the Lloyd Center Ice Rink where hundreds of children, adults, and families come to have fun every day. The ice rink offers classes, birthday parties, freestyle, dance, summer camps, group parties, skate rentals, broomball, and private ice.
Shoppers that want to get away from the bustle to relax need only cross the street to get to the park, a lovely place full of trees and shade to sit on a bench and relax. Next to the park is a Max light rail platform, making it easy to get to and from Lloyd Center quickly.
The mall was opened in 1960. Owners wanted to build it decades sooner, but because of events such as World War II and the Great Depression, it was put off for 37 years. When the mall was first built, it had about 100 stores, making it the largest shopping center in the Pacific Northwest. Today, the mall remains the biggest in Oregon. It is currently owned by Glimcher Realty Trust.
Back when it was first built, the mall had an open ceiling, but in 1991 it was renovated and the owners closed the ceiling. During that renovation, the owners also added a food court that houses 17 restaurants. The restaurants of the food court provide all kinds of different delicious foods, from fancy Asian food, sea food, fast-food chains, and coffee and pastry shops.
The Lloyd Center mall gets its name from the Lloyd District it is centered in, a commercial neighborhood named after Ralph Lloyd, who started the development in the area. Most of the district is east of I-5. It includes many principal landmarks (Lloyd Center being one of the primary landmarks), as well as restaurants, hotels, shops, apartments, condominiums, and office buildings.
The mall has specialized products, such as the Disney Store, Made in Oregon, Bath & Body Works, Motherhood Maternity and much more. A reviewer of this mall wrote, "Great Vibes at This Mall! For some odd reason, the first time I went to Portland's Lloyd Center Mall, I fell in love with it instantly! I feel so good there - it has a great atmosphere.''
Locals visit Lloyd center regularly; it's a common place for activities, get-togethers, and - of course - shopping for just about anything.