Saturday, April 22, 2006

Lakewood Center


Lakewood, California - Late '50s or early '60s

Dang. That sign is one cool cat! And that's a May Co. store in the background.

Mall history: 1952 - present
Current website: here
Previous entries: 1



10 Comments:

Blogger Cora said...

That sign is a beauty in itself.

Sat Apr 22, 05:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Oddly enough I was at this mall today.

The May Co store (now Robinsons-May) is currently going out of business. It will be remodeled and open again in September as a Macys. I wished the front looked like that. It was remodeled a while back and all the display windows and hanging plants were removed (the windows have cheap fake stone on them, but they are still there!) This May Co is a 4-level store, not unusual for that time, and is similar to the store in North Hollywood (still open) and the former location in West Covina (torn down late 90's)

Sun Apr 23, 05:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

HERE IS A Link to a picture of the current facade of the Robinsons-May

Sun Apr 23, 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

And finally, since I dont how how to do one post, On the above link, if you click the compass to west, you can look at it from the east, and see that the side facing the mall still is original with the planters (plants are still there today as well)

Sun Apr 23, 05:57:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Awesome, Jeff! Thanks!!

Thu Apr 27, 11:00:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

Being reminded of the old "Westgate" sign for the shopping center in Toledo. Sometime in the early '90s it was replaced with a gaudy dot-matrix tri-marquee display of sorts. Currently they're planning to tear down a section of Westgate in favor of adding in a Costco.

Fri Apr 28, 05:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

COOL SIGN...WORKED IN LAKEWOOD CENTER AT THE MAY CO FOR 15 YEARS, 89-04. LAKEWOOD CENTER USED TO BE AN OPEN AIR CENTER. IT WAS IN THE LATE 80'S WHEN THEY ADDED THE GLASS ROOF. I HAD ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS WENT UP TO THE BALCONIES ON THE EAST FACADE OF THE MAY CO BUILDING. BEHIND THE PLANTER BOXES WERE A FULL ACCESS WALKWAY AND PATIO. THERE WAS OLD AND FORGOTTEN PATIO FURNITURE UP THERE. I BET IT'S STILL THERE!

Sun Jul 30, 03:49:00 AM  
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Anonymous John N. said...

I, "miss this mall". What I mean, I worked their. It was taco bell owned by, Burt L." I'm sorry I think I should hide his last name".
It was taco bell # 21, Lakewood center mall. We open their, Aug. 17, 1982. I never will forget the business that day, or the holidays.I was thier from '82-'85, then I went off to, Burt's other restaruant in Cypress, Ca..Last time when I visted Lwd. ctr. mall was, Oct. 2008, I quickly went to visit taco bell again, guess what? It 's not their no more. It a shoe store again. Well, I never will forget the great crew over the years, managers, and Burt L.

Wed Jul 27, 05:26:00 PM  
Anonymous tlc said...

Hi John!!!
Its Traci!!! I worked here with you and was part of TB original crew!! What great times we had, I will never forget it. Sad to see the place is gone.
Thanks for the memories!

Sun Aug 05, 02:14:00 AM  

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