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San Diego Shopping: Grossmont Center

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What is Grossmont Center?:

This quaint mall in La Mesa is the shopping center that time forgot. It's an old school mall and serves the area between Mission Valley and El Cajon.

What makes it so special?:

For one, it's not a Westfield mall. It's a cozy, well-maintained outdoor mall in La Mesa that is lacking in pizazz and choices - in fact, it's a bit dull. But in the world of mega-malls, sometimes dull is OK. If you prefer a retro feel to your local mall (i.e. old school), Grossmont is a nice place to be.

What's the mall's flavor?:

Leisurely and comfortable. Grossmont is well-landscaped, with little flash or affectations. It's just a nice place.

What's the clientele?:

Purely suburbanite. Grossmont attracts both older shoppers along with families. A large Reading Cinema brings in the younger crowd in the evenings.

Food factor:

The roomy food court is unspectacular, with just a handful of mostly independent outlets. But its the sit-down restaurants where Grossmont shines, especially for a small mall: Claim Jumper, Casa de Pico, Olive Garden, Hooley's Irish Pub, Fuddruckers, BJ's Brewery and Restaurant, Red Lobster, Panera Bread, Shakey's Pizza.

Signature stores:

A two-level Target and two-level Wal-Mart anchor both ends, with a Macy's in-between. A large Barnes & Noble and Sports Authority also are featured. More than Westfield malls, there's a heavy mix of independent retailers, which gives the mall is flavor.

Parking prognosis:

Plenty of parking is available, with a multi-level parking structure on the Target/Macy's end.

The Essentials:

Address:
5500 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91941

Grossmont Center is located off of Interstate 8 in La Mesa.

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