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San Diego Shopping: Plaza Bonita


What is Plaza Bonita:

Located in the South County area, Plaza Bonita is the Westfield indoor, two-level counterpart to North County in the north.

What makes it so special?:

Plaza Bonita was in need of a refresh, and in 2008, a $120 million expansion upgraded the once run-of-the-mill '80s era mall. The addition includes a Target, AMC Theatres, Borders Books and Music, 43 specialty stores including H&M, and a food court. The mall clientele reflects the more ethnically diverse makeup of the Chula Vista, National City area shoppers (Hispanic, Filipino).

What's the mall's flavor?:

The ethnic diversity, which reflects the surrounding communities of National City, Bonita, Chula Vista. The mall has undergone an extensive makeover which was completed in 2008 and gave it a slick sheen. Newer additions including a Target, H&M, Nordstrom Rack and AMC multiplex.

What's the clientele?:

Middle and working class, ethnically diverse. Many shoppers come from across the border in Tijuana.

Food factor:

There's an Applebee's, Outback Steakhouse, and El Torito, along with a slick new spacious food court. The food court is one of the best around and is great for people watching.

Signature stores:

JC Penney, Nordstrom Rack, Target and Macy's are the anchor stores. The rest of the stores are standard mall chain fare as with the other local Westfield malls.

Parking prognosis:

Parking is plentiful. A three-story, 450-space parking structure was added with the recent expansion.

The Essentials:

3030 Plaza Bonita Road #2075
National City CA 91950
(619) 267 2850

Plaza Bonita is located at Hwy 805 at Sweetwater or Bonita Road, or Hwy 54 at Plaza Bonita Center Way.

Click here for an interactive map of Westfield Plaza Bonita and the surrounding area.

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