Parkway Plaza

PARKWAY PLAZA SELLS AFTER OWNER DEFAULTS ON BONDS: FUTURE OF REGIONAL SHOPPING MALL IS IN LIMBO

By Miriam Raftery

September 15, 2020 (El Cajon) – Starwood Capital Group has lost ownership of Parkway Plaza Regional Shopping Mall in El Cajon and six other U.S. malls, after defaulting on Israeli-held bonds.  A ratings downgrade on the debt earlier this year triggered a clause allowing bondholders to take control of the properties. 

Six parties bid on the portfolio back in May, including Starwood.  The winning bidder, a partnership between Pacific Retail Capital Partners and Golden East Investors, have indicated they “plan to replace department store tenants or repurpose the malls into apartments or offices,” the Wall Street Journal reports, according to The Real Deal.

But El Cajon Councilman Gary Kendrick says getting rid of East County’s largest and only indoor regional shopping mall “would be unacceptable.”  He anticipates the mall’s new owners will face opposition to any such proposal from the City Council.


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ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING OF BABY AT PARKWAY PLAZA

By Miriam Raftery

February 24, 2020 (El Cajon) – A suspect is in custody after an attempted kidnapping of a one-year-old girl yesterday afternoon outside of the Parkway Plaza regional shopping mall in El Cajon.

According to witnesses, the man tried to grab the baby from her mother at 3:18 p.m.. Witnesses gave officers a description of the man, who had fled the scene.

El Cajon Police officers located a man closely matching the description nearby. Witnesses identified the detained man as the suspect.


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EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS “TASTE OF PARKWAY PLAZA” MIXER AUG. 22

East County News Service

 

August 21, 2019 (El Cajon) - San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and Alpine Chamber of Commerce are joining together for an end to summer Business After Hours for a "Taste of Parkway Plaza" on Thursday, August 22 at 5:30 p.m.


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GAS LEAK NEAR PARKWAY PLAZA FORCED EVACUATIONS, TROLLEY CLOSURE IN EL CAJON

Leak is now controlled; trolley service has resumed and streets have reopened

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

 

June 7, 2019 (El Cajon) – A 2-inch diameter gas line ruptured by construction crews at North Marshal Ave. and Petree Street shortly after noon today prompted evacuations of the Rock Church and multiple businesses including The Lexus car dealership and Black Bear Diner. 10 News reports diners were given just five minutes to flee.


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FOUR NEW STORES TO OPEN INSIDE FORMER EL CAJON SEARS SPACE AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 
 
By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor
 
February 23, 2019 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon’s iconic Parkway Plaza mall has dodged a bullet with the announcement that the recently vacated Sears store at the west end of the mall will be home to four new stores by Memorial Day Weekend. 

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RENEW YOUR VOWS AT GROUP WEDDING VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY FEB. 9 AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

 

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January 28, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Love knows no timeline. For up to 75 couples looking to refresh their commitments to each other, Parkway Plaza regional shopping mall in El Cajon is celebrating love with a first-of-its-kind marriage vow renewal ceremony.  On Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m., Center Court will be transformed into a chapel of love complete with flowers, music, champagne, cake and more. Up to 75 couples will join the Rev. Drummond Macomber, a non-denominational minister who is well-known for his community involvement.


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PARKWAY PLAZA HOSTS HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR BASH FOR SAFE TRICK OR TREATING OCT. 31

 

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October 10, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Families are invited to bring their little ones -- ages 14 and younger -- dressed up in their  funniest, silliest or scariest outfits to trick-or-treat inside Parkway Plaza shopping mall on October 31st, Halloween night from 5-7 p.m. for a “Spooktacular” Halloween bash.   In this safe indoor environment, participating retailers will pass out candy, as long as supplies last.


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“GOODBYE, EL CAJON SEARS. IT’S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YOU.” STORE LIQUIDATION SALE TO START APRIL 27TH

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

April 23, 2018 (El Cajon) -- An iconic mainstay of El Cajon retail shopping is closing with the sudden announced closing of the Sears store at Parkway Plaza.

The official announcement of the El Cajon store’s closing came earlier this week as part of the latest round of eight store closures by the wounded national retailer that plans to close 166 stores this year.


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A FIDDLING AND CLOGGING CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

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December 3, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Clap and dance with Celia Lawler, back by popular demand.  The fiddling and clogging singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will be performing holiday concerts at Parkway Plaza shopping mall in El Cajon on two Saturdays, December 16 and 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Macy’s Court. 

For more information, visit www.shoppingparkwayplaza.com.


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POSSIBLE ABDUCTION ATTEMPT AT PARKWAY PLAZA IN EL CAJON

 

Source: El Cajon Police

April 12, 2017 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police has issued a bulletin warning that the department is investigating a report of an attempted abduction in the Walmart parking lot at Parkway Plaza.  A 3-year-old girl and her mother were walking to their vehicle yesterday between 12 noon and 1 p.m. when the attempted abduction occurred, said Lt. Royal Bates.


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EL CAJON POLICE DEPARTMENT HOLIDAY STOREFRONT AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

Source: City of El Cajon

December 17, 2016 (El Cajon) -- For the 10th consecutive year, the El Cajon Police Department Holiday Storefront returns to Parkway Plaza in El Cajon during the month of December. This unique police storefront has been a popular place to visit during a hectic day of shopping.  There’s nothing to buy, but much to see and learn about holiday and year-round safety from El Cajon Police, Heartland Fire, and Recreation Departments.


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PARKWAY PLAZA HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES BEGIN NOV. 18

 

Source: Parkway Plaza

November 1, 2016 (El Cajon) - Parkway Plaza shopping mall in El Cajon invites you to celebrate the season, revel in holiday traditions and create new ones with a series of holiday happenings—starting with Santa’s arrival on November 18th.  Below are details provided by Parkway Plaza:


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“SHOP EAST COUNTY” LAUNCHES TO BOOST LOCAL ECONOMY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 20, 2015 (El Cajon ) – Santa Claus joined with East County Chamber of Commerce leaders, El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells and Parkway Plaza officials at the mall for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the “Shop East County” program.

“We’re excited today to celebrate the idea of Shop East County,” said Eric Lund, Chamber president.  The average person spends $805 each sopping season on gifts, decorations and food, according to the National Retail Association – money that when spent locally creates sales tax revenues that can be used to fund police, firefighting and other things that benefit the people of East County.


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NEW EL CAJON FIRE HISTORY MUSEUM TO OPEN AT PARKWAY PLAZA JULY 18

 

Photo: City of El Cajon’s first fire truck, 1924

July 8, 2015 (El Cajon)--It’s been years in the planning, but retired El Cajon Fire Chief Ed Jarrell, partnering with Parkway Plaza, is bringing a fire museum to the City of El Cajon!  It’s been a long-time dream for the former Fire Chief to provide the City with a history of firefighting in El Cajon, inspiring youth to pursue a fire career and to provide safety education to those who visit the museum.


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EL CAJON POLICE DEPT. OPENS STOREFRONT AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

December 19, 2014 (El Cajon)--For the 8th consecutive year, the El Cajon Police Department Holiday Storefront returns to Parkway Plaza in El Cajon during the month of December! This unique police storefront has been a popular place to visit during a hectic day of shopping.  There’s nothing to buy, but much to see and learn about holiday and year-round safety from the Police, Fire, and Recreation Departments.  See the Vintage 1942 El Cajon Police vehicle. McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog will be making special appearances as well.


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CROWD FLOCKS TO MOTHER GOOSE PARADE ALONG NEW ROUTE

 

Story and photos by Robert Gehr © 2014

November 24, 2014 (El Cajon)--Traditionally held on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, this year’s Mother Goose Parade in El Cajon was exciting. The day was lightly overcast with a slight breeze, providing a little relief from the warm midday sun.


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PROTECT WHATEVER YOU TRAVEL WITH, SHIP, STORE, TREASURE OR COLLECT

 

Need last minute gifts? Find some cool and creative items at the Waterproof Case Company

By Miriam Raftery

 

December 9, 2011 (El Cajon) –Need a solar phone charger for those whose cell phone batteries runs out often? How about a mini-video cam for those active kids to strap onto a skateboard, bike or surfboard? Or a waterproof case for a camera, cell phone or computer?  Want to listen to music underwater, or get a crush-proof case for airline travel? How about a rolling cart to load valuables for easy evacuation during wildfires – or a case to bury on site?  Or a dust-proof case for the desert enthusiast, hunter or hiker on your list?

The Waterproof Case Company, a locally-owned store in Parkway Plaza, has all these items and more. The company has custom-designed products for the U.S. military and Fortune 500 corporations. They've sold to government agencies including police and fire departments, wildlife researchers, universities, NASA, and underwater robotics companies.  But it all started locally--in the garage of the Davies family. 


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EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS HOLIDAY MIXER AT CRUNCH FITNESS DEC. 1

 November 24, 2011 (El Cajon) The public is invited to join the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Business after hours Holiday Mixer at Crunch Fitness.  The event will be Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The location is Crunch Fitness, 565 Fletcher Parkway, Suite 202, El Cajon CA, above Dick’s Sporting Goods, in the Parkway Plaza. The admission fee is Members $10; Non-members $15. 

 


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WHERE WESTERN MEETS GLAMOUR: COWGIRL BLING OPENS IN PARKWAY PLAZA—WITH SOME COWBOY THINGS TO BOOT

Rhinestone jeans, Montana West leather purses, glitzy saddle blankets and more  in El Cajon’s new store

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2011 (El Cajon)-- “This is my passion,” says Hannah Blume, 16, co-owner of the new Cowgirl Bling store in Parkway Plaza. 

Her mom,  Cheryl Smith, helped Hannah open the shop to bring glitzy Western wear to East County—and to provide a better future for Hannah, a student at El Capitan High School in Lakeside.  


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AMBULANCE DESTROYED BY FIRE AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

September 29, 2011 (El Cajon)—An ambulance burst into flames after oxygen tanks on board exploded late this afternoon at Westfield Parkway Plaza mall in El Cajon, according to Monica Zech, spokesperson for the city of El Cajon.

 


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SUMMER SCENE: LOCAL MALLS OFFER EVENTS IN JULY

 

by Elena Peña

July 7, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--We go to the mall to watch a movie, to shop for new attire, or maybe just to walk around and spend some quality time window shopping. However, there are plenty of other things to do besides shop, if you go on the right day.

 


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"WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY" MARCH 23 AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

RSVP by March 21; proceeds benefit St. Madeleine Sophie's Center

 

By Abigail Migala


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"THRILLING" HALLOWEEN EVENTS ANNOUNCED AT WESTFIELD PARKWAY PLAZA

 

Mall-wide trick- or-treating, “Scare Away Hunger” with San Diego Food Bank, and a dance performance of “Thriller” by St. Madeleine Sophie Center students

 


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OFF-ROAD EXPO ROLLS OUT AT PARKWAY PLAZA OCT. 23-24; MOTOCROSS CELEBRITIES TO APPEAR

October 14, 2010 (El Cajon ) – Off-road vehicles and celebrity motocross riders will be on hand Saturday and Sunday, October 23-24 at the Off-Road Expo at Westfield Parkway Plaza shopping mall in El Cajon.

 


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ATTEMPTED CARJACKING AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

September 19, 2010 (El Cajon) – A woman was robbed in the east parking structure at Parkway Plaza shopping mall on Thursday, September 16 at 11:47 a.m. by a man who also tried to carjack her vehicle. El Cajon police have released a security photo of the suspect, an African-American man, 18-25 with a muscular build and a tattoo on his neck.


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TEEN STABBED AND ROBBED AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

 

March 22, 2010 (El Cajon) – A juvenile has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a 19-year-old man who told police he was getting into his car outside Parkway Plaza when he was robbed, then attacked.


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TRICK OR TREATING IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT

 

Does the thought of going house-to-house Trick or Treating make you feel uncomfortable? How about mall Trick or Treating?

 


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PARKWAY PLAZA BECOMES ART GALLERY FOR EAST COUNTY KIDS

By Gayle Early

June 1, 2009 (El Cajon)—Six art pieces selected from each of 87 participating middle and elementary schools were on display at the 19th Annual Kids Art Show last month at Westfield Parkway. Cookies accompanied a reception in the mall, just around the corner from Macy’s. Each artist received a blue ribbon, including Sophia Coseip, whose artwork is shown in the photo above.


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