This year is the 65th anniversary of the opening of Lakewood Center and its anchor tenant, the Macy’s building.
On Saturday, October 21 at 2:30 p.m., join the celebration inside the mall at the entrance to Macy’s.
The public is invited to enjoy:
• A display of nearly 100 historic and contemporary photos of the Macy’s building and Lakewood Center, from its beginnings in the early 1950s up to today
• Free birthday cake and free “Shop Lakewood” bags with goodies inside (while supplies last) including coupon code for use at the Macy’s “One Day Sale” going on October 21.
• Drawing for a $100 gift card, donated by Lakewood Center (no purchase necessary; one entry per person)
The Macy’s building at Lakewood Center was opened in 1952 as a May Company, and it was a bold commercial and architectural innovation, as was the Lakewood Center mall. At the time, large department stores and shopping centers only existed “downtown,” in the center of big cities, not in new suburbs like Lakewood. Lakewood Center was the first regional shopping mall in the nation, and the Guinness Book of World Records listed it as the world’s largest shopping mall for several years. The May Co. building became a Macy’s in 2006 and retains many of its original architectural features today.
Sixty-five years after its opening, the expansive Lakewood Center complex remains the 2nd largest shopping center in Los Angeles County. The mall has evolved with the times over its six decades, with innovations such as a successful Restaurant Row on Candlewood Street and the first-ever mall-based Costco. Just as it served the young families of the Lakewood region in the 1950s, Lakewood Center serves the families of the greater Lakewood area today.
The 65th Anniversary celebration is sponsored by Macy’s, Lakewood Center and the City of Lakewood.