Thursday, August 24, 2006

Southside Plaza Shopping Center

Richmond, Virginia - circa 1950s

Colorful little shopping center (especially that groovy looking GC Murphy Company store!), that, while not really an enclosed shopping mall, still looks cool enough to post here, me thinks.

Besides, I just love any kind of retail center with the word "plaza" in its title. I really do. :)

Mall history: n/a
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Previous entries: none


Anonymous didi said...

I like the word Plaza too. Usually you are always guaranteed to get a cool sign out of the word Plaza. Although this onme doesn't have one in the pic.

Thu Aug 24, 06:02:00 PM  
Blogger Steven Swain said...

You certainly can't miss that G.C. Murphy store. I had no idea that it was that colorful back in the day.

I know that this shopping center opened in 1956 with Giant Food, Peoples Drug, Plaza Bowl, G.C. Murphy Co., Miller & Rhoads, J.C. Penney Co., and F.W. Woolworth Co. There was also a Sears located in an outlot towards the main highway. Only the bowling alley remains.

All the other anchors left due to the opening of Cloverleaf Mall in 1972, regional or chainwide store closings, or white flight.

Today, this center is pretty much fully occupied, but it's a community shopping mall at best with a CVS, Maxway and a host of local or urban-themed stores.

Thu Aug 24, 08:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my name is Cleve. i grew up down the street from southside plaza. it was a really cool place to go and shop with your parents back in the 50s and then it was cool to go cruisin' to meet girls in the 60s. every friday and saturday night the place was packed with people cruisin' around and meeting up with your high school friends and then going around behind the plaza to the plaza drive in. southside plaza is still there. as was stated earlier, the only original place there now is the plaza bowl and still is in operation. it was a great time back then. kinda miss those days.

Mon Nov 20, 02:52:00 AM  
Blogger Chris Freeman said...

Plaza Bowl is still there! I'm surprised no one has mentioned that it is a DUCKPIN bowling place!!

Sat Aug 04, 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger avalone said...

you forgot some stores that were there like dart drug, K&W Caferteria, & Farm Fresh.

Mon Jun 02, 10:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

was it K&W or S&W......yeah, good blue plate special place. I went Duck Pin Bowling last night. What a fun time. It has a new owner for a year now and he is cleaning and fixing the place up.

Thu Sep 25, 11:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grew up less then 2 blocks away on Welton Avenue in the '60's. Miller and Rhoads did not arrive until 1966. It was a stand alone store in the front part of the parking lot. Other greats were High's (you could actually sit down and order your ice cream, shake, and even a sandwich), White Tower (not Castle) in a stand-alone building, and Western Auto.

Sun Jul 11, 07:37:00 PM  
Anonymous buy generic viagra said...

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Wed May 18, 02:39:00 PM  
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Thu Jun 09, 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't the first fast food place near Southside Plaza? I remember that it sold hamburgers for 19 cents, as well as fries, cokes and milkshakes. anybody remember the name of that place?

Fri Jul 15, 06:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

19 cent hamburgers? That would be Kelly's.

Thu Dec 22, 10:28:00 PM  
Anonymous doug said...

I grew up near the Plaza by McGuire Hospital in the 50' and 60's. I remember the White Castle at the far side of the Plaza and the waitresses that would come out to take your order from your car. Music City was the record shop. It seems I remember they used to have a yearly Old Timers Day and shops would have merchandise out on the sidewalk. You could even play an Old Timer in checkers at cracker barrels set up in front of the stores. The ladies at the Highs food counter refused to serve my friend and I one night in 1969 because of our long hair. We had already munched on a few donuts at the counter while waiting so we just got up and left.

I have very fond memories of Southside Plaza from those days.

Tue Jun 05, 02:22:00 PM  

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