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Macy’s to join Westside Pavilion’s transformation into creative offices

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Called West End, it will have more than 200,000 square feet of space next to Google and the Expo Line

The Macy’s will be repurposed as office space under the name West End.
Courtesy of GPI Properties

Like much of the rest of the Westside Pavilion, the neighboring Macy’s is slated to become office space.

The former department store, which ceased operations in March 2018, will be repurposed as 230,000 square feet of creative offices. The new office campus, called West End, will include an adjacent parking garage and is slated to open in early 2021, property owner GPI Companies announced today. GPI expects to spend $180 million redeveloping the site.

“With easy access to both the Expo Line and the nearby I-405 and I-10 Freeways, West End is set to become an iconic destination for media, technology and financial tenants,” said Lee Wagman, managing partner of GPI, in a statement.

HLW Architects is helming the Macy’s transformation from department store to office hub. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows around the exteriors, a three-level central courtyard, private balconies, and outdoor space are part of the planned design.

GPI bought the department store building, a 1,500-car parking garage, and the six acres both sit on in February 2017 for $50 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The property, located at Pico Boulevard and Overland Avenue, is close to the Expo Line’s Westwood/Rancho Park station.

A rendering of an office with a wall of windows on on end.
The new offices will feature a central courtyard and floor-to-ceiling windows.
A low-rise building with large glass windows on the upper level.
A rendering of the Macy’s at the Westside Pavilion as office space.

West End is adjacent to the 584,000 square feet of office space that was most recently the Westside Pavilion mall. Hudson Pacific Properties partnered with mall owner Macerich in January to convert the mall to offices. Though the offices won’t open until 2022, all of the available space has already been fully leased by Google.

There is still about 100,000 square feet of the mall that is going to remain shops and stores, including the existing Landmark movie theater.