Thursday, May 18, 2006

Lloyd Center


Portland, Oregon - circa early 1960's

Great shot of the Newberry store at Lloyd Center, early on in the mall's life. I see a drug store way out there in the far-left corner and when I zoom way in, the name appears to be "Pay: Save Drugs", I think. Something like that anyway. Can anyone corroborate this?

Things to love in this photo: 1. The kid next to the car on the left, 2. the cars!, 3. that great Newberry font, 4. the digital clock (I assume that's what it is) hanging in the upper-left corner.

Update: Thanks to the ever-sharp and historically-minded MOA readers here, I now know that that itty bitty store back there on the left is a "Pay’n Save" Drug Store. Thanks for the help everyone!

Mall history: 1960 - present
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Previous entries: 1, 2



17 Comments:

Anonymous Bobby said...

That looks like an ampersand (&) between "pay" and "save" to me.

Thu May 18, 06:08:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

I don't know, sounds good to me, Bobby. It's really hard to make out. That would make sense, though.

Before I posted that, I e-mailed someone who's always been a source for Lloyd info for me (he grew up going there), and he said he couldn't remember that store, but thought it was "Pay:Save Drugs". "Pay & Save" does seem a lot more likely now that you mention it...

Thu May 18, 07:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

This looks like it was a strip-type mall.

I'm curiuos to know what 'Newberry' was though. Discount chain, or traditional department store? Dig that old script-lettered sign either way.

Thu May 18, 08:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newberrys (or JJ Newberry) as I remember it was like Woolworths

Thu May 18, 08:40:00 PM  
Blogger Steven Swain said...

This is a different view of Lloyd Center than I've seen traditionally. Most photos focus on the interior. It's a great shot, especially with that sweet Newberry sign.

Thu May 18, 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

It was a Pay'N Save. This was a local drug chain here in the Northwest when I was a kid (60s). This was a great mall to visit. It had an ice rink in the middle, which I thought was quite classy. We used to stand above and watch the skaters.

Thu May 18, 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

From a look at the directory, this view looks like it could be Halsey St. I would think the Newberrys could be the Barnes & Nobel and the Drug store Ross.

Thu May 18, 11:50:00 PM  
Blogger todd said...

Newberry's was, at least in the South, a huge discount store.

Fri May 19, 06:43:00 AM  
Blogger BIGMallrat said...

Pay 'N Save, for sure. I'd recognize that sign any time. We used to shop at one as a kid. It was a Seattle-based retailer.
Scott

Fri May 19, 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

It is indeed a "Pay 'N Save" Drugs. Thanks for the help on that one everyone! Little mystery (for me anyway) now solved. :)

Fri May 19, 04:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newberrys was across the street from Lloyd Center and was there until the mid 90's. It could be reached via a undergroud parking garage below street level. Lloyd Center was originalyy an outdoor type mall that was enclosed in 1991. It still contains the ice rink on the ground floor of this 3 level urban mall.

Fri May 19, 05:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly, what is now Barnes & Noble and Ross Dress for Less, used to be Lamonts Dept. Store (at least in the '90's).

Sun May 21, 06:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Frenchy said...

The Newberry's sign persisted until about 2 years ago when it became Dollar Tree. It's still a *sort* of Newberry's, I guess - the modernized version. Personally, I'll take Newberry's ANY day. I loved those places when I was little, especially the smell - no modern business can duplicate it - candy, toys, plastic, old lady and pure joy. Their toy aisle had a magic that's matchless. I think they all had little lunch counters, too - the one in downtown Portland did - and it was a true thing of beauty, chrome and all. Thanks, Kev!

Sun Jun 04, 01:56:00 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

If people want to see the retro Newberry's signs, they are still retained in the surreal below ground level parking structure in that portion of the mall. Dollar Tree took over only one floor of the store. It was converted in 1997, as one of the last Newberry's left (Dollar Tree is the same corporate owner).

Tue May 22, 03:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always enjoyed shopping at Newberry's and enjoyed the pet shop area down stairs. Love seeing all those old photos, brings back some memories. I remember the tree lightings, Cinnamon Bear, those cute reindeer they always had every Christmas.
Linda L.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes you are all right. It was Pay"n'Save and JJ newberry.
The sign above the kid standing next to the car was time and temp. I should know I grew up looking at that sign every morning from where we lived. It was called portland federal savings.
My sister and I played on our bikes under the lloyd center while it was being built. Security could never catch us we knew how to get around. I lived there from 1959 until 1971. I worked at the ice rink from 1966 until 1970.
During summer walks at the lloyd center proved to be fun just watching people and smelling places like Joe Browns carmel corn.
You can say we were the first mall children as the lloyd center was our play ground.

Skip

Tue Aug 30, 05:54:00 PM  

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