Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Southcenter Mall


Tukwila, Washington - late '70s early '80s (?)

Shopping in the shadow of Mt. Ranier! Here's a wonderful exterior shot of Southcenter Mall (now the "Westfield Shoppingtown" Southcenter), with Mt. Ranier looming majestically on the southern horizon. Nice view here, too, of the Frederick & Nelson anchor store (now a Sears) from the parking lot.

Many thanks to Paul, in New York City, for this great photo! I really appreciate the submission.

History: 1968 -
Current website: Here.
Previous entries: 1, 2.



10 Comments:

Anonymous Steven Wilson said...

Westfield has officially dropped their insistence on the use of "Shoppingtown" on US centers. You'll see on the mall's official site that it's just "Westfield Southcenter" now. Some Shoppingtown signage remains at Westfield centers in the US, but they've given up on continuing to force the use of the moniker that US shoppers refused to embrace.

Steven

Wed Mar 29, 03:56:00 AM  
Blogger todd said...

GREAT ... that SHOPPINGTOWN was a mouthful and it seemed to take so much away from the actual name of the mall in the 1st place.

Wed Mar 29, 07:33:00 AM  
Blogger Jon Konrath said...

The AMC Pacer in the front of the parking lot really makes this a great photo!

Glad to hear they dropped shoppingtown. I'll always remember it as simply Southcenter mall.

Wed Mar 29, 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

I noticed the "Shoppingtown" was absent from their site, too, but never dreamed they decided to actually give up on that and drop it. Cool. :)

Wed Mar 29, 04:25:00 PM  
Blogger That80smom said...

I had no clue they even changed the name of the mall. It will ALWAYS be Southcenter mall to me. When I was 8, I got my ears pierced at J.C. Penney and met JP Patches and Gertrude there the same day.

Wed Mar 29, 05:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Steven Wilson said...

Last year there were several articles written about Westfield's dumping of "Shoppingtown". Here's one that's still online: Westfield mall to ditch 'Shoppingtown' moniker.

Steven

Thu Mar 30, 03:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone ever say, "Let's go to Westfield Shoppingtown Southcenter!' more likely, just 'let's go to southcenter.'
This pic reminds me of looking at the mall from I-5 when I was a little kid, thinking that the Frederick's sign looked neat. I never got to go into the store before they went out of business, though...

Sat Apr 08, 01:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you squint you will see the original Double Tree Hotel in the brown buildings. It is located to the far right.

Sat Jan 24, 05:52:00 AM  
Anonymous ninja said...

It's Southcenter. Westfield can call it what it wants...the rest of the universe will still refer to it as "Southcenter."

Neat set of old photos of the place.

Mon Apr 06, 12:55:00 PM  
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