Westfield’s Plaza Crimeo Real Mall

by The Editors on December 21, 2010

PcrThe Westfield Plaza Camino Real seems to be one big pile of problems for nearly everyone lately. If it isn’t empty spaces, or huge department stores that sit empty like hulking relics to a lost form of commerce, it’s the incessant crime that seems to occur around the mall.

Last month, on Black Friday, a Zumiez store employee was robbed at gun point in the parking lot, then on Saturday night (December 18, 2010) a woman had her car stolen at gun point according to a story in the North County Times.

Police said the 20-year-old victim had just left the mall shortly before 9 p.m. when the suspect, described as a black man about 30 years old, asked her for her car keys. He told her he would shoot and brandished a handgun. . . The woman got out of her car, gave the suspect her keys and the man drove away in an unknown direction in her red 2004 Nissan 350Z. . . .her car has a Michigan license plate BXN8034.

Maybe Westfield should just throw in the towel and tear the place down. Just a thought.

[Link: North County Times]

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

mike December 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Just 2 days ago I sent an email to city council about this dump. They need to hear from others. Apparently they are out of touch. email council@carlsbad.gov

web designer December 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm

As a Carlsbad resident, I do think that there is much room for improvement at the mall. If you look at the Outlet center and compare it to the mall you see the major difference. One is a fun shopping place and the other (the mall) is getting more depressing every year.
Perhaps the city could turn the mall into a golf course :-). They really know how to run those.

The Dude! December 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Convert it to an outdoor mall ala fashion valley or horton.. bring a nice movie theatre back to Carlsbad in the process with an IMAX screen. Put in some NICE department stores and some great dining… There’s plenty of money in Carlsbad / Encinitas / RSF. Those people all have to travel to La Jolla or San Diego to find high end shopping at this point. I think it would do well!

carlsbadisbeige December 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Ya know, I heard some of these ideas in the election season.
From Keith Blackburn.
Fortunately, he’s still on the city council and will be receptive to hearing this from more of us. I hope the rest of the council will get on board.

cardiff man December 23, 2010 at 12:01 am

@The Dude: Oh, yeah, Bloomingdales’s fixin’ to move right

mike March 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Heard from a city councilman earlier this month. There should soon be an announcement that Westfield and the city have agreed and approved plans to improve the mall. Based on investment dollars Westfield will be making, it should be meaningful and substantial.

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