SAN MATEO -- The owner of Hillsdale Shopping Center is planning a major upgrade for the northernmost section of the mall, highlighted by a luxury movie theater complex.
A proposal submitted last week by Bohannon Development Co. indicates the nine-theater complex would be operated by Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas and offer 870 seats. The company manages five complexes in Southern California. The theaters offer upscale meals and reclining leather seats; some include bar service.
Bohannon is also looking to replace Sears with a three-level Target store.
The plan would overhaul a somewhat dreary portion of 31st Avenue at the mall, located off El Camino Real in southern San Mateo. Bohannon aims to make various improvements to transform the streetscape into an inviting, pedestrian-friendly corridor. The existing bridge over 31st Avenue would be widened and redesigned to include a food court with outdoor patio seating, said San Mateo planner Darcy Forsell.
"At this point 31st Avenue is not fulfilling its potential, especially given its location," said Forsell, adding that no hearings have been scheduled regarding the plans, which remain in the pre-application stage.
Bohannon is also considering a new, 11,000-square-foot retail store at the corner of 31st and El Camino Real.
A representative of the development company could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday. Cinepolis spokesman Alejandro Saenz said the company is looking into a possible San Mateo expansion but "nothing is confirmed yet."
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