FAIRFIELD — Solano Mall has a new name: Solano Town Center.
It’s the latest move since Starwood Capital Group bought the mall from Westfield on June 15. Mall General Manger Monty Stephens said the name change will be made on exterior signs beginning Monday, including on the freeway sign.
The key for Stephens is changing the word “mall” to “town center,” which he said reflects the character of the place.
“We have a lot of services here that are obviously retail uses,” Stephen said. “But there are also services for the community.”
Solano Town Center has a chiropractor and a dentist. It served as a polling place. It holds such events as a petting zoo for children, he said.
Along with Fairfield’s downtown, Solano Town Center is a gathering spot, he said.
The name of the mall has changed several times over the years. Developer Ernest Hahn opened the mall on March 19, 1981, as Solano Mall. When TrizecHahn sold the mall to Westfield America Inc. in 1998, the mall became Westfield Shoppingtown Solano. In 2005, it became Westfield Solano mall.
After Westfield sold the mall to Starwood Capital Group this year, the name changed back to the original Solano Mall in June. But the blue Solano Mall signs that went up were only temporary. Stephens said at the time that Starwood’s creative and design groups were creating a new mall brand, one that would include a new name.
Now those temporary blue signs will come down. Signs proclaiming the mall as “Solano Town Center” will go up, complete with a new logo.
More changes are coming, Stephens said. For example, Solano Town Center in the coming year will update various indoor signage and seating areas, he said.
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