Sunday, August 14, 2005

Southcenter Mall


Tukwila, Washington - 1960's

I see this listed as Westfield "Shoppingtown" Southcenter, a lot now (though not on this postcard). Not sure if that "Shoppingtown" part is a newer moniker, or if it's always been called that.

Either way, here's a nice shot of an old Penneys, and the parking lot with all those glorious '60s cars down there! Their current website.



11 Comments:

Blogger Jon Konrath said...

When I first moved to Seattle and didn't know where any malls were, I somehow figured out how to get on I-5 south and head down to this place. It's a nice-sized mall, and I remember doing all of my 1995 Christmas shopping there.

Sun Aug 14, 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This mall was originally called South Center. Not sure which year it opened but opened after historic sister mall of Northgate to the north.
All Westfields who buys out malls change then to "Shoppingtowns" So originak name was South Center. Another famous mall was Sea Tac mall I think becuase it had a live gorilla.

Mon Aug 15, 03:19:00 AM  
Blogger Mitch Glaser said...

The "Shoppingtown" moniker was placed on numerous malls across the country when Westfield decided to market its U.S. malls under a "national" brand. The company, based in Australia, had labeled its malls in that country as "Shoppingtowns" for decades -- alas, the term never caught on in the U.S., and the company recently announced plans to drop the "Shoppingtown" moniker at its U.S. malls altogether.

Wed Aug 17, 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitch brings good news, if it plays out like that.

For most of my life I grew up literally in the shadow of Trumbull Shopping Park just north of Bridgeport CT (owned and operated by Frouge Corporation). When Westfield unceremoniously decided a few years ago to rechristen it Westfield Shoppingtown Trumbull, it was like part of my childhood died.

I was kind of bummed when I discovered that Topanga Plaza in Canoga Park CA had received a similar "adopted name" from its new owners.

The demise of the Shoppingtown monicker cannot come too soon for me. -- Rick

Thu Aug 18, 01:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the B and I in Tacoma had Ivan the Gorilla who is now in Atlanta. SeaTac is in FederalWay is now the Commons.

Wed Aug 24, 11:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Steve Gregory said...

South Center was built in 1968. I was working for my uncle that summer and did some surveying for the parking lot.

Fri Aug 26, 07:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical of Westfield is to used the Westfield Shoppington name in front of the mall. Similar procedure to the malls they acquired in Olympia and Vancouver Washington.

2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the mall. The postcard photo will no longer look that way at all from the south side of the mall. 2 parking garages, a 16 screen AMC theater, a food court with a large window to view Mt. Rainier from, and two floors of shopping (80 stores are to be added) will be the largest addition to the mall and will make it the largest mall in the Northwest.

I read an article in the Seattle Post Intelligencer serveral years ago that stated when Southcenter opened in July of 1968 it was the largest mall west of the Mississippi. Maybe that explains why there were lots of cars from other states I spotted in the lot during my younger days.

I have shopped in that mall most of the time it has been opened and it is my favorite one to shop at. Even though I live in Tacoma and shop at Tacoma Mall (which had a similiar design to Southcenter in the beginning).

Fri Dec 28, 07:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone remember the original commercials for Southcenter featuring a very young Sandy Hill from KIRO Eyewitness News standing next to a Rolls? Of course, the jingle went something like, "Southcenter, 100 stores, and all that room...Southcenter, it's ALWAYS a beautiful day!"

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Anonymous Long Distance Movers said...

I see this listed as Westfield "Shoppingtown" Southcenter, a lot now (though not on this postcard). Not sure if that "Shoppingtown" part is a newer moniker, or if it's always been called that.

Wed Oct 26, 01:06:00 PM  

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