What is Parkway Plaza?:
Parkway Plaza is yet another Westfield mall and is the regional mall serving San Diego's East County. This indoor, single level mall is a necessity in scorching El Cajon.
What makes it so special?:
Parkway Plaza was the first indoor regional mall built in San Diego County in the early 1970s. Growing up in San Diego, this was a big deal because there was nothing like it in El Cajon, where temperatures could get blistering in the summer. Over the years, Parkway Plaza has expanded as its client base has grown.
What's the mall's flavor?:
Heartland America, East County style. The El Cajon/Lakeside/Santee area is traditionally where you find the local rural/cowboy/agriculture population, and Parkway reflects that flavor a bit. Less so, these days, but stil present.
What's the clientele?:
Middle-class, working class families. Parkway is a big hangout for teens in East County, as well.
Parkway Plaza has a big food court, which is kind of the gathering spot for the mall. It also has a pretty good selection of sit-down restaurants, better than most Westfield malls, including Applebee's, On the Border, and Bob's Big Boy.
Sears, Macy's, Dick's Sporting Goods, JC Penney, and a two-level Wal-Mart. Many of the shops cater to the young adults with disposable income, including Hollister, American Eagle, Hot Topic, Forever 21.
Plentiful. A multi-level parking structure is on the south side of the mall. During the holiday season, exiting can sometimes be frustrating. Freeway access from I-8 and SR-67 is good.