El Cerrito Plaza

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    513 El Cerrito Plz
    El Cerrito, CA 94530 Berkeley Rate and review
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    El Cerrito Plaza is a shopping center in El Cerrito, California, a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area.LocationEl Cerrito Plaza is located on the southern border of El Cerrito between San Pablo Avenue and the BART rail tracks. Directly to the north is the El Cerrito Plaza BART station.HistoryEl Cerrito Plaza is located on a part of the June 12, 1834 Rancho San Pablo Mexican land grant to Francisco María Castro. Several buildings were constructed by the Castro family over the years. Víctor Castro, Francisco's son, built his wood frame adobe home here in the early 19th century and it remained standing until it burned down in 1956, shortly before the original shopping center was built. During the 1930s, the Castro adobe housed a gambling casino, and the eastern side of the current Plaza housed a dog racing track. After the track closed, its parking lot housed a trailer park for Kaiser shipyard workers, with the track field area used by El Cerrito High School. In the late 1940s, a drive in theatre (Cerrito Motor Movies) was built there and operated until the mid-1950s.El Cerrito Plaza originally opened in 1958 as a 350000sqft regional mall, centered on a Capwell's department store.El Cerrito Plaza began to decline with the 1976 opening of Hilltop Mall as well as the opening of other malls in Concord and Walnut Creek. Many shoppers also turned to nearby Fourth Street in Berkeley and retail developments in Emeryville. The closures of the Woolworth's store in 1993 and the Emporium

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