The Great Mall of the Bay Area (often simply called The Great Mall) is a large outlet shopping mall in Milpitas, California built by Ivanhoe Cambridge in 1994, then acquired by Mills Corporation in 2003, and is now owned by the Simon Property Group since April 2007. Based on gross leaseable area (1,300,000 square feet), the Great Mall of the Bay Area is the largest mall in Northern California with 11 anchor tenants.
Great Mall, unlike many other malls (but like most Mills malls), is a "flat" mall and the biggest mall in northern California — it has only one story but takes up a large amount of land. The mall is currently laid out in this fashion because the existing main structure used to be a Ford automobile assembly plant and was not designed to serve as a shopping center.
Various major retailers are represented in the mall, including Home Depot, Marshalls, Dave and Buster's, Off 5th - Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Sears Appliance Outlet and a new Last Call Neiman Marcus clearance center. In addition, it houses a Century Theatres multiplex with 20 screens.