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Changes In Tech and In Roseville
We often talk about how tech things keep changing. Computers, programs, internet, social media, etc. Thanks to those changes, I headed for the mall today. But as I wandered around the fantabulous Westfield Galleria at Roseville CA – or, as we often nickname it, the Galleria Mall Roseville CA – this morning, I was immediately reminded of all the changes this huge Roseville shopping center has experienced in the past 18 years.
Westfield Galleria At Roseville CA History
Would you believe it! I still remember watching them build it! It was so much fun to visit when it first opened. No more “long” (20 minute) drives to the Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, unless we wanted something specific like an affordable movie date or a store the Galleria stores in Roseville CA didn’t offer. For that matter, no more “longer” (24 minute) drives to the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento. Unless, of course, we wanted a movie date with more choices coupled with time spent at one of our fave book stores. Nope, now we could stay in our sweet city of Roseville California and enjoy exciting shopping and eating at our very own Westfield Galleria at Roseville CA. And that name is one of those changes. Originally, it was called the Galleria at Roseville, though I usually called it the Galleria Mall in Roseville. 😉
You can read more of the history of the mall at Wikipedia, but some of the high points include, “In 2000, Urban was acquired by Rodamco North America, N.V, a Netherlands-based real estate investment company. The center was subsequently sold to the Westfield Group in 2002 with the dissolution of Rodamco. The center was renamed “Westfield Shoppingtown Galleria at Roseville. The Shoppingtown moniker was dropped from all Westfield properties in 2005.” Thus we now enjoy the name, “The Westfield Galleria at Roseville CA.” 🙂
Unlike memories of my first two malls from Southern California, one of which is now defunct, the Galleria Mall has enjoyed several updates, upgrades, and exciting changes. Some came with time. Others came after a dreadful arson at the Galleria. For the most part, all of the changes have been positive, leading to what we have now – the lovely, vibrant, exciting and interesting Westfield Galleria at Roseville. Definitely one of the many fun things to do in Roseville California! One of the not-positive changes for me was losing a favorite book store, Borders. Sadly, they are now gone everywhere. Happily, we can still enjoy Barnes and Noble.
Fun Things to Do In Roseville in the Westfield Galleria
After popping into the Apple Store at the Galleria in Roseville CA at 8:15 in the morning, to get my battery updated, I enjoyed wandering around the Galleria while it was mostly empty. Not yet open for delightful Roseville shopping, it reminded me of the many lovely walks I had enjoyed with my mom and dad before the mall opened each day, thanks to the Galleria opening its doors to walkers at about 8 or 9 daily in conjunction with a Kaiser healthy walking program. This article explains it well. But I would like to point out that my folks were doing it at the Galleria Mall starting around 2001, if not 2000. 🙂 Back then, there was usually quite a large crowd – especially on cold or hot days. Half the walkers were elderly seniors and those of us with them. The other half were moms with strollers – often pregnant with another precious baby to come. Great exercise for all! And a lot of fun walking as well as chatting with old and new friends. (Not to mention fun window shopping!) Mega Kudos to ALL the malls who offer this healthy option, including our great Westfield Galleria at Roseville!
While wandering around today, I took a bazillion photos, like usual. I discovered so MANY new-to-me stores. Can you tell real estate, sweet elderly parents, and adorable grandkids keep me too busy to get there often. :). Nowadays, when I get there, it’s usually for the Apple store, Pluto’s in the Promenade – so MANY great salads and other dishes. Soon, I suspect I will visit occasionally to share the awesome playground with adorable grandkids! So MANY fun options. In fact, SO MANY is a great way to describe this huge mall. Thanks to all the changes and expansions, per Wikipedia, “the expanded property surpassed Arden Fair Mall as the largest mall in the Sacramento metropolitan area both in size and number of stores.” And they’re not done yet!
Abundant Roseville Shopping & Eating
Not only that! Consider all the stores found at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville PLUS all the stores and restaurants right across the street (East Roseville Parkway) at the lovely Fountains Shopping Center Roseville CA as well as at the shopping centers across Galleria – the Creekside Town Center, home to Barnes and Noble, Michaels, Best Buy, and more!; The Ridge at Creekside which includes AT&T, Chipotle, Olive Garden, Mimi’s and more; and Creekside Plaza with BJ’s and SmashBurger +. Not only that. You can also find so much more shopping all around that area. Head towards Douglas a wee bit to the Green Acres awesome nursery. Just past that, the beloved Trader Joes. Head the opposite direction to Five Star and Fairway streets and you’ll find another bonanza of shopping and eating delights from Costco to Home Depot to Kohls and SO MANY more! As you can see, this area is a powerhouse shopping area that attracts tons of shoppers all year long! Of course, online shopping is having an impact on all these malls and stores. Still and all, anytime I have popped into the Westfield Galleria at Roseville, it’s always busy – even on Mondays!
More Galleria Changes Coming
And they’re not done changing yet. According to Fox40, it’s time for a 2018 refresh that “will include new retailers, restaurants and amenities.” That explains the areas I spotted today with some new flooring going in.
Sight-seeing at Westfield Galleria at Roseville
Homes Around Westfield Galleria at Roseville
As I left the Galleria this morning, I noticed the Pinnacle at Galleria apartments right across the street. Wow! You could live there and walk to the Galleria, the Fountains, and more! Hmmmm, that could get expensive if you’re a shopaholic! Might be safer to rent at one of the apartments a bit further away on Gibson, near my Keller Williams real estate office. Or one of the lovely homes in the nearby neighborhoods. 🙂
The Westfield Galleria at Roseville is, indeed, a fantabulous place to shop, to eat, to take kids or grandkids to play, to enjoy a healthy walk, to have fun at the various holiday and seasonal activities, and SO MANY OTHER things to do. If you’ve never been, you definitely need to check it out. And if you’ve not been recently, come enjoy seeing the fun changes. And for all of us, we’ll look forward to even more exciting and interesting and fantabulous changes to come!
P.S. Curious what all is there? Here’s a photo of the directory – much bigger than when they first opened! 🙂
Contents of this post...
- 1 Changes In Tech and In Roseville
- 2 Westfield Galleria At Roseville CA History
- 3 Fun Things to Do In Roseville in the Westfield Galleria
- 4 Abundant Roseville Shopping & Eating
- 5 More Galleria Changes Coming
- 6 Sight-seeing at Westfield Galleria at Roseville
- 7 Homes Around Westfield Galleria at Roseville
- 8 Looking Forward