Occupying 105 acres, San Jose's busy Eastridge Shopping Center is defined as a "super regional shopping center,'' serving the largest city in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area as well as the rapidly growing communities of Evergreen and Silver Creek. Convenient access to major roadways, ample parking, a brand-new food court, and dozens of new upscale shops have made this mall "the shopping choice'' for the area's elite suburban and urban uptown households.
Eastridge Shopping Center is owned and operated by General Growth Properties, a company that has been developing malls since 1954. Today, GPP manages more than 200 regional shopping malls with 200 million square feet of retail space in 45 states, bringing the two-level Eastridge property on board in 2005.
The mall's three anchor department stores on levels one and two are Sears, Macy's, and JCPenney. More than a dozen categories of goods are sold at shops positioned between them. They include women's apparel, jewelry, accessories, shoes, children's clothing, and menswear. Also sold are bath and beauty items, books, entertainment products, gift items, greeting cards, home goods, housewares, music, sports and fitness equipment, technology and electronics, toys, games and hobbies.
Among major retailers at the Eastridge Shopping Center are Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Foot Locker, the Hallmark Store, Kay Jeweler, Lane Bryant, Old Navy, Sport Chalet, Sunglass Hut, and Victoria's Secret, to name a few. For children, Sanrio, Little Angels, Daiso and Toy Castle have outlets here. And for the latest in telecommunications, Wireless Accessories, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Metro PCS are represented.
Offering entertainment at the mall, the AMC Eastridge 15 has fifteen screens showing the latest Hollywood hits and newly released movies by independent filmmakers. GameStop and f.y.e. (For Your Entertainment) have retail branches here, too.
For sit-down dining, several options are available, including Romano's Macaroni Grill, Chili's, Red Robin, and the Todai Restaurant. The recently renovated interior food court also has plenty of seating, surrounded by the top names in food-to-go. Among them are Charley's Grilled Subs, Chinese Gourmet Express, Crazy Crepes, Great Kahn Mongolian BBQ, Lucy's Tamale Factory, McDonald's, Mrs. Field's Cookies, Sansei, Sbarro, Subway, and Surf City Squeeze.
A number of helpful services are available at Eastridge for the convenience of shoppers, ranging from ATMs, postage services, a family restroom, and a lost and found station to soft seating areas, auto jump starts, and safety escorts. The mall's facilities include a special Community Room and a nursing lounge. There are also strollers and wheelchairs available for rental.
The Eastridge Shopping Center's exclusive gift card called "Shop Etc.'' can be used at most retailers and restaurants that accept American Express. The cards come in denomination from $20 to $500, funds never expire, and there are no monthly fees. Shoppers can also take advantage of discounts through "The Club - ConnectShopSave,'' which provides an online forum for communication and feedback plus retail offers for mall visitors.
The Eastridge Shopping Center is located just off the Capitol Expressway Exit from Highway 101 or Highway 680. The address is 2200 Eastridge Loop, Suite 2062, San Jose, California 95122. Parking is free and convenient at any on 7,500 on-site parking spaces. Public transportation is also readily available, as Eastridge is the hub for many transit busses that connect via the Valley Transportation Authority's network. Mall operating hours are from 10am to 9pm on Monday through Saturday and 11am to 7pm on Sundays.