Hugh Bishop Codding, the developer who built the Merced Mall in 1969, died Saturday of pneumonia, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. He was 92. Codding, who also built Modesto's McHenry Village, became a legend in residential and commercial development in the 1950s and '60s.
"I doubt there's going to be another guy that comes around like him for a long time," former Santa Rosa city manager Ken Blackman said Saturday.
Codding helped spark a retail boom in Northern California, building a number of shopping centers and malls. His company, Codding Enterprises, constructed the Merced Mall and shared a 50 percent interest with the late actor Paul Newman.