Elk Grove Promenade

The Elk Grove Promenade came about after studies in the late 1990’s showed that the southern part of Sacramento and northern Joaquin counties were missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars a year in retail sales and taxes due to the lack of a local mall. In 1998 a 100-acre shopping mall along Highway 99 south of Elk Grove was proposed, along with a 200-acre marketplace featuring offices, apartments, restaurants, a theater, and shops. The project had signed on three anchor tenants including Macy’s, Dillards, and Gottschalks by the end of 2000, but opposition from community members and environmental groups pushed back the start of construction to late 2007.

By 2008 work was well underway, but as the scale of the Great Recession became clear the project was delayed and then halted in August. The company building the promenade, General Growth Properties, was saddled with tens of billions in debt for projects that would likely not produce revenue for many years. The company filed for bankruptcy in April of 2009, and for the next ten years the Elk Grove Promenade sat vacant while lawsuits worked their way through the courts.

Plans to convert the project into an outlet mall in 2014 fell through, and in 2019 the site’s owners announced that they would be demolishing what had been built to make way for a casino.