Citadel Shopping Center in Commerce, California



Commerce, CA-- When you think holiday shopping, Citadel offers one of LA's best discount outdoor malls. Shoes, handbags, jeans, tall and big men's clothing, make-up, sunglasses and a host of products and goods make this outlet the best thing that's happened to Commerce since  Sampson Tire and Rubber Company was launched in the city in 1930.

Address: 100 Citadel Drive, Suite 480, Los Angeles, CA 90040 Tel: 323-888-1724.


In fact, the building designed after a 7th Century B.C. ancient Assyrian palace with 1,750 of crenulated concrete wall decorated with griffins and bas-reliefs of Babylonian princes now serves as the grand and unique entryway to the shopping mall. Once you drive past the entry way into the parking lot of the discount outlet, however, it's just a mall.

Acquired and known as US Tire and Rubber Company till 1962 when Uniroyal Tire took over the plant, the empyt factory was shut down for quite some time and sat empty till renovated as a mixed use project with office space, a shopping mall and a hotel. The Doubletree Hotel offers accommodations a jump-skip off Interstate 5 in Commerce--surrounded by East Lost Angeles, Montebello, Maywood, and Bell Gardens.

Sumeria, Akkadia and Babylonia were the inspiration for Citadel, first envisioned by Adolph Schleicher who founded Sampson Tire Company in 1918. The massive plant was to leave Compton and grow into the largest tire manufacturing facility west of the Mississippi when conceived and constructed 11 years later. Architects Morgan, Walls and Clements designed the massive wall in the style of the palace of Babylonian King Sargon II's palace. Winged guardian figures protecting individuals from evil, and winged bulls with human heads were built as protectors of the  "rubber palace".

Today you will find a variety of shops, special mall events, and culture you normally would miss on tours of the beaches. This is the part of Los Angeles that represents a huge working class, mostly Hispanic, and as you shop the mall, you'll often find a healthy crowd, especially on weekends when there are free concerts and musical acts.


Shops:  All phones are 323 exchange unless otherwise stated. visit for updates.


American Apparel Phone  726-1473
Ann Taylor Factory Store 725.7033
Anne Klein 724.3059
Auntie Anne's Pretzel  726.0244
Banana Republic Factory Store 727-2086 
Bass  887.9436 
BCBGirls  722.8313 
Benetton 721.3676 
Billabong Outlet  887.3400
CAbi Factory Store 832.0790
Calvin Klein 720.9660
Calvin Klein Underwear 727-0150
Carter’s 887.8640
Casual Male XL 838.6546
Citadel Management Office 888.1724
Claire's 724.3384
Clarks/Bostonian Outlet 887.1181
Converse 887.1100
Corningware Corelle Revere 725.3155
Da-Nang 888.9930
DC Shoe Factory Store 726.8709
Dockers 722.5433
Ecko Unltd. 887.9337
Eddie Bauer Outlet 725.1858
Etnies: EXS 728.2543
Fragrance Outlet 725.3942
Fresca's Mexican Grill 721.3434
G.HQ. 887.0993
Garden Spot 721.1800
Guess Accessories 724.9551
Guess by Marciano 721.0970
Guess? Factory Store 722.8229
Gymboree 726.9147
Hot Dog on a Stick  800.321.8400
Hurley International 728.1821
IZOD 832.5394
Jockey 722.5711
Jones New York Company Store 890.9035
Journeys 724.5423 
Justice 728.3460
Kenneth Cole 727.2663
Kids Supercenter
Phone: 323.724.4747 
Kitchen Collection
Phone: 323.722.3272
L’eggs Hanes Bali Playtex
Phone: 323.724.8391 
Le Creuset 725.6336
Levi's Outlet 725.1450
Lids 838.6559
Lucky Brand Jeans 721.5001
Maidenform 724.9558 
Maui Style Hawaiian BBQ 838.4975 
Nautica 832.9031
Nine West Outlet 724.7723
Old Navy 726.0621 
OshKosh 727.6780
Pacific Sunwear 726.1987 
Panda Express 722.2626 
Paolo Giardini 721.6400
Papaya 888.1100
Perfumania 888.8844 
Primp 720.1185 
Puma 722.1320 
Quiksilver Factory Store 887.1574
Reebok 887.9349
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 887.9703 
Ruby's Diner 382.7829 
Samsonite Co. Store 722.4255
Sbarro Italian Eatery 725.8882
Skechers 832.9884 
Starbucks 888.2153 
Strasburg Children
Phone: 323.727.0185
Subway 887.1856 
Sunglass Hut 722.8964 
SUO 887.3817
Sweet Factory 721.0186
Time Factory Watch Outlet 888.6880
Tommy Hilfiger 887.9300
Tommy Hilfiger Kids 888.6605 
Torrid 726.1980
Toys R Us Holiday Express 832.9374 
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt 838.5989
Two Lips 722.1228 
Van Heusen 722.9642
Vans 887.7435 
Vitamin World 721.1197 
Wilsons Leather 887.2985
Charlotte Russe 887.9255 
Zales The Diamond Store Outlet 722.8840 




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