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Vallco Shopping Mall, Cupertino

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Vallco Shopping Mall (formerly called Cupertino Square and originally Vallco Fashion Park) is a mostly-demolished dead mall located in Cupertino, California, United States. Originally built as a single-story shopping mall in 1976 with a lower level added in 1988 and a third-level movie theater added in 2007, it was anchored for most of its existence by Macy's, Sears, and J.C. Penney. As of August 2022, the mall is owned by Sand Hill Property Co. and is almost entirely vacant, with Cupertino Ice Center (formerly the Ice Capades Chalet), Bowlmor Lanes, Benihana, and Fremont Union High School (FUHSD) Adult & Community Education as the only remaining tenants, all in the section to the east of Wolfe Road. The larger western portion of the main mall structure was demolished in late 2019 and the pedestrian overpass was demolished in March 2020; plans for the site include a mixed-use development consisting of office space, housing, and retail.
A plan by Sand Hill to rebuild Vallco as a mixed-use development with retail, housing, and office space topped by a green roof park was cancelled after Cupertino voters rejected Measure D on the November 2016 ballot. After obtaining community input in the planning phase, the project ran into significant push-back from citizens who wanted to freeze the site as retail-only, citing concerns about traffic and schools.
In 2018, Sand Hill proposed a revised development plan under the auspices of SB 35, which has been approved by Cupertino, containing 2,402 apartments, 1.8 million square feet of office space, and 400,000 square feet of retail. Of the apartments, half of them will be affordable with no government subsidies, which would quintuple Cupertino's affordable housing stock.

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  • When we were in Cupertino, we drove by what used to be Vallco Shopping Center. Most of it has been bulldozed, and the lot is closed. There is Bowlmoor, ice skating rink, and some other places but... 
    When we were in Cupertino, we drove by what used to be Vallco Shopping Center. Most of it has been bulldozed, and the lot is closed. There is Bowlmoor, ice skating rink, and some other places but...  more »
  • This is not a mall. It has a large Chinese restaurant and a few stores but that's it. I was in the area to eat at Benihanas. We needed some business attire and decided to hit this mall. No good. The....  more
    This is not a mall. It has a large Chinese restaurant and a few stores but that's it. I was in the area to eat at Benihanas. We needed some business attire and decided to hit this mall. No good. The....  more »
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  • I went to the AMC 16 Plex theaters here. Good news; plenty of free covered parking. Escalator and elevator to the ticket counter on the 2nd floor and theaters on the 3rd. Standard prices for tickets, food and drinks. Uncrowded theaters. Bad news; only a Stone Cold ice cream place for food before or after in a near vacant mall. Other eating places a short drive on Stevens Creek.
  • Mall itself is no longer open, only Benihana, the Bowling Alley and Ice Rink remain. Most of the place is being demolished, putting an end to the long slow demise that was Vallco Mall. Now to see if they can actually get something built in its place that will be successful

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