Broadway Plaza, located at 1275 Broadway Plaza, in the quaint town of Walnut Creek California is known for being a long-time hot spot for shoppers in the Walnut Creek area. Originally built sixty-eight years ago in 1951, this shopping center was voted in Diablo Magazine as “Best Shopping Center” in their issue on “Best of East Bay”.
The scenic shopping center is known for its interesting looks, with an eclectic mix of European designs and fountains, and beautiful world-class landscaping. The exterior designs are often regarded as a distinctive feature of the shopping center. Its recognizable design has made it a very memorable place for exchanges both economic and social in Walnut Creek for generations.
The shopping center is home to over eighty stores and services, ranging from big names like Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Tesla Motors, to Chang’s China Bistro, Kate Spade New York, and Amazon books. The open-air setting helps these stores thrive in Walnut Creek, where it’s known for not raining a lot. The overall feeling is something special that keeps shoppers going out of their way to drop by this unique local destination.
Starting in the 2010s, a major plan was enacted to revamp and remodel the shopping center. The extensive renovation would see to an additional 300,000 sq ft of space for retailers, as well as the construction of a new two-level retail building, the merging of two separate Macy’s stores, and a major overhaul of the outdated parking areas. Shoppers are also very pleased with the expanded outdoor seating arrangements, which are pleasant for those who tend to enjoy the local scenery while grabbing a bite to eat at the many restaurants that they offer
However, some of the big changes have brought ire and irritation to many long-time fans of Broadway Plaza. Numerous locals of Walnut Creek have voiced issues and concerns over the changing identity of the local stores and corporate outlets, sighting that without more small business, Broadway Plaza just doesn’t feel like California. What’s more, is that many feel that the new parking arrangements are grossly unfair to shoppers, charging parking fees upwards of $25 for short stays. Quite a few avid Broadway Plaza shoppers feel this is far too expensive, and are persuaded to shop elsewhere or even resort to shopping online.
There are also some complaints about the cleanliness of the restrooms and even the parking garage. While some shoppers haven’t ever voiced these complaints, it is something to look out for when shopping at Broadway Plaza.
While the business hours may vary in some ways from store to store, their general operating hours are Monday through Friday at 10 AM to 9 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM, and Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM. Be sure to check the hours for the stores you plan on visiting and if they are open if it is a holiday. Due to the parking issues outlined above, it is often recommended that you take a bus if you plan on a long stay. However, you can always just watch the time and re-park your car. While tedious, this can save you some money in the long run.
Getting to Silva & Associates from Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
via CA-24 W
- Get on CA-24 W from Mt Diablo Blvd
- Head south on Broadway Plaza
- Turn right onto S Main St
- Turn left onto Mt Diablo Blvd
- Use the right 2 lanes to take the ramp onto CA-24 W
- Follow CA-24 W to Brush St in Oakland. Take exit 1C from I980 W
- Merge onto CA-24 W
- Keep left at the fork to stay on CA-24 W
- Continue onto I-980 W
- Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 1C for 12th St
- Continue on Brush St to your destination in Alameda
- Merge onto Brush St
- Continue straight to stay on Brush St
- Turn left onto 7th St
- Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Webster St
- Slight right to stay on Webster St
- Continue onto Webster Street Tube
- Use the left lane to turn slightly left onto Constitution Way (signs for Marina Village Pkwy)
- Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Marina Village Pkwy
- Turn left
- Turn right
- Sharp left