Northgate Mall (San Rafael)

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Location5800 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA, 94903
United States
Opening date1966
ManagementMerlone Geier Partners
OwnerMerlone Geier Partners
No. of stores and services91
No. of anchor tenants3 (2 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area731,803 sq ft (67,986.7 m2) [1]
No. of floors1 (department stores have 2)

Northgate Mall is a shopping mall located in San Rafael, California, 15 miles (24 km) north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It's the largest of three shopping centers in San Rafael called Northgate. It is managed by The Macerich Company. It is the only enclosed regional shopping center in Marin County. The mall's anchors are Macy's and Kohl's with a vacant anchor last occupied by Sears. It also contains a Century Theatres multiplex, a food court, and more than 90 specialty stores, services, and restaurants.

The original anchor in the corner occupied by Macy's, was The Emporium, which opened in 1964. When the rest of the mall opened in 1965, it had an open-air design. The mall was enclosed when it was renovated in 1987.

MTR Properties, Inc. was the original owner. Macerich bought the mall in 1985 before selling it to Merlone Geier Partners in 2017.

On January 4, 2018, Sears announced that its store at the mall will be closing as part of a plan to close 103 stores nationwide. The store closed in April 2018.[2] Around the same time, plans were announced that would transform the mall into a "town center." [3]


Macerich began renovating the mall in 2008. The proposed renovation has been controversial, as housing advocates have pushed for inclusion of affordable housing in the project (to replace the aging housing in the Canal Area), while Macerich chose to proceed without triggering a full-scale environmental review.[4][needs update]


  1. ^ Macerich Company Website
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  3. ^ "Terra Linda's Northgate owners plan 'town center' concept". Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  4. ^ Peter Seidman, Pacific Sun, December 24, 2007, "Northgate due for makeover", accessed March 5, 2008

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Coordinates: 38°00′19″N 122°32′38″W / 38.005233°N 122.543997°W / 38.005233; -122.543997