Santa Fe Place is an enclosed shopping center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Formerly named Villa Linda Mall, Santa Fe Place is one of 2 enclosed malls in Santa Fe. Santa Fe Place is the largest mall in Northern New Mexico, and fourth in the state.
Developed by Herring Marathon Group, Villa Linda Mall opened in 1985.
The mall changed hands frequently around the turn of the century. Its ownership changed from First Union in 1997 to Zamias Services in 1999, then to General Growth Properties in 2001.
After being purchased by Greenfield and Associates in fall 2004, the mall underwent a $10 million renovation that included a new roof. The mall celebrated its grand opening as Santa Fe Place in November 2005.
Babcock & Brown purchased the mall in 2007.
The mall's present anchor stores are JCPenney, Dillards,and Sears. One of the original anchor stores, Bell's closed in 1989 to make way for the northern United Artists theater, which opened in 1991. Mervyn's was also one of the original anchors, but shut the doors at this location on 12/26/08 due to bankruptcy. Around that same time, Shoe Pavilion, also went under bankruptcy. Shoe Pavilion was forced to close, leaving a large vacant location. JCPenney and Mervyn's both moved from Santa Fe's first mall, De Vargas Center, while Bell's and Sears both moved from its Downtown locations.
Originally the food court at the Santa Fe Place was named El Mercado. The food court hosted 12 restaurants, an arcade and United Artists South. After changing management, El Mercado was changed to The Market, El Mercado in English. The food court was renovation. The Market can house 6 restaurants, due to Foot Action occupying the other half of the court. When renovated, the seating area was leveled.