Torrance: Refashion Del Amo Mall

There are 69 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Mar 18, 2010, titled Torrance: Refashion Del Amo Mall. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Del Amo Fashion Center, once the world's largest mall, now is getting lackluster reviews from Torrance city officials, who call it "outdated" and "daunting" for shoppers to navigate.

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Jim

Ontario, CA

#2 Mar 18, 2010
A walk through Del Amo recently made me realize it is close to being a "dead mall." There is little there to make me come back.

A lot of the stores look like they were created to occupy space until a better idea comes along, and there seems to be a lack of better ideas.

Maybe the day of the mall has passed.
Country Club Bob

Pleasanton, CA

#3 Mar 18, 2010
How about some retailers that people want to shop - Bloomingdales, Dillards, Nordstrom
Sanjayish

Gardena, CA

#4 Mar 18, 2010
this mall is tired, there is a "kid" orientation which does not make it appealing to baby boomers, merchandise is awful and of course parking and navigation, why not make it into an outlet mall, that's where people want to go these days, decrease the size of the stores and put in more specialty, designer retailers, more concessions and restaurants as well

Since: Mar 10

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Mar 18, 2010
"Enjoy your Mall, Irvine" -Daniel Tosh
Fiasco

Torrance, CA

#6 Mar 18, 2010
Too many kids/ gang menbers just loitering with their sagging pants. Never again!
Brewer

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Mar 18, 2010
Maybe its time for a change
Rod
Shopper

Bethpage, NY

#9 Mar 18, 2010
I live very close to the mall, but will not shop there until they do something about the gang problem. The stores are trashy and the mall smells and looks terrible. Until then I will continue to go to South Coast Plaza or some other mall.
Torrance Mom

Torrance, CA

#10 Mar 18, 2010
I grew up going to Del Amo all the time, it was the hang out for kids. I live in Torrance but for years my kids went to the Galleria because it was cleaner and easier for them to navigate being 3 stories. Plus as a parent I love it because we can go spy on our 4 daughters and make sure they are not doing anything bad very easily. You will find them within 5 minutes but at Del Amo you would search for hours.

Del Amo needs to be cleaned back up and something good done with it. I like the idea of an outlet mall.
TPD is your friend

Torrance, CA

#11 Mar 18, 2010
Sanjayish wrote:
this mall is tired, there is a "kid" orientation which does not make it appealing to baby boomers, merchandise is awful and of course parking and navigation, why not make it into an outlet mall, that's where people want to go these days, decrease the size of the stores and put in more specialty, designer retailers, more concessions and restaurants as well
That is really what it needs to become. We have to drive to far to go to a "Outlet Mall" If they did turn this into one it would generate tons of biz.
fed up

Oxnard, CA

#12 Mar 18, 2010
get the "gangstas" or so they think,because they are so scared to go to stores in thier own community,out of this area and you will see a whole new crowd of people who are willing to spend money there.
Jake

Manhattan Beach, CA

#13 Mar 18, 2010
Have only been in there for the MRS. FIELDS COOKIES.
MoMo

Waipahu, HI

#14 Mar 18, 2010
The whole mall needs to be redone the floors are cracked and dangerous the layout is difficult it is dark especially near Sears. The security is a joke the gang problem needs to be addressed. It could be a great mall but with the revamping near the Galleria Del Amo is most likely doomed. Del Amo needs to get rid of the tacky stores and bring in more middle to high end stores.
The Enforcer

Bellflower, CA

#15 Mar 18, 2010
The mall needs to look like South Coast Plaza which is about 35 miles away. That requires big bucks and the sign up of magnet stores like Nordstoms and Restoration Hardware. Other than that, it's OK to visit once every 2 to 3 years.
TPD is your friend

Torrance, CA

#16 Mar 18, 2010
MoMo wrote:
The whole mall needs to be redone the floors are cracked and dangerous the layout is difficult it is dark especially near Sears. The security is a joke the gang problem needs to be addressed. It could be a great mall but with the revamping near the Galleria Del Amo is most likely doomed. Del Amo needs to get rid of the tacky stores and bring in more middle to high end stores.
noticed it has gotten worse since Mall management seperated ways with TPD and hired a "security force" that consists of some funky looking off duty LAPD and other agencies.
hot box

Los Angeles, CA

#17 Mar 18, 2010
I don't go to the Del Amo Mall anymore because it is crappy, with weak selections of retailers. I go to the Cerritos Mall because it is more appealing. I also shop at the Mall in Las Vegas on the strip. That is an example of selection and quality. Sorry Torrance
South Bay Native

Hawthorne, CA

#18 Mar 18, 2010
Went there 2 weeks ago and didn;t even park. My kids were like "hey Mom there is a guy with a rifle just walking through the parking lot" I turn and look and it sure as hell looked that way to me. We beat it.
Fiasco wrote:
Too many kids/ gang menbers just loitering with their sagging pants. Never again!
RB Mom

Hermosa Beach, CA

#19 Mar 18, 2010
The eighties called, and they want their mall back! The idea of an outlet mall would be nice in the area. How about cleaning up the roach infested food court? Del Amo could definately take a lesson from South Coast Plaza OR The Block at Orange. How about a Vans Skate Park to give local kids a safe place to skate, and something to do, since the skate park at Wilson is gone. Security is a joke, how can you expect a lazy 300 lb man to make you feel secure, he is too busy texting on his phone, or watching girls. Clean it up, so we can enjoy it!
Jay

Pleasanton, CA

#20 Mar 18, 2010
I am sure the riot at the movie theaters a couple months back doesn't help. It seems from everyone else that security seems to be an issue, bring the TPD back to clean this crap up.
ScaretyCats

Carson, CA

#21 Mar 18, 2010
TPD were too scared of the gangstas, that's why they left. They peed their pants last time there was a riot there, and they called every agency in the vicinity to come and break up a fight between a kid and his little girlfriend because they were black--what a joke.
Rock and a hard place

Hermosa Beach, CA

#22 Mar 18, 2010
"Sales tax revenues generated at the retail giant have slid in four of the past five fiscal years."

vs.

"Yet the complex also continues to be "dominant in its market" and an unpolished "jewel" that remains one of the city's largest sales tax generators."

The first quote is because enclosed malls are a thing of the 70s, 80s and 90s. It's passe. Look at Peninsula mall, even that mall tore off its roof and opted for the "open-air" ambience. Does it cost lots of money? Absolutely. But that's why it's wise to keep up with the sign of the times and change with the times gradually, rather than years after. And nobody cares to shop at shops that carry grossly overpriced, low quality "made in China" trinkets, knick knacks, etc. Del Amo Mall has the crappiest shops. All the cool retailers shun the "reincarnated Hawthorne mall" aka Del Amo Mall. But sadly, the worst thing about Del Amo is that it attracts riff raff. I don't appreciate rap music with the liberal use of N-words and other vulgarities blaring from cars with gaudy chrome wheels. I used to go there in the early 90s and especially the 80s while a middle school student at Calle Mayor. But the demographics of the customers have dramatically changed, and it's not the favorable kind. Del Amo mall lost its luster, and sadly it won't ever be able to reivent itself in the minds of those who remember it nostalgically.

The 2nd quote can't be because of the dismal economy; and also, if the economy was good, a lot of Del Amo's customers white-flighted it to the nicer Orange County malls like South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island. Del amo's location geographically enables easy access to the hoodlums. You notice how far S. Coast Plaza and Fashion Island are right?

All good things come to an end; nothing is forever and nothing stays the same.
Raze Del Amo mall!!!!

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