Thursday, November 30, 2006

Retro JCPenney Store

Salem, Oregon - January 2, 1965

Mid sixties JCPenney store sitting in the rain looking very melancholy, in downtown Salem, Oregon. This photo was taken on January 2, 1965, and shows the then newly constructed JCPenney retail store on Liberty Street.

(Study image courtesy of the Salem Public Library)


Anonymous Jeff said...

According to Google, this store is still open.

Jcpenney Co Inc - Department Store
305 Liberty Street Northeast, Salem, OR 97301

Thu Nov 30, 04:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

In fact, its part of the Salem Center in Downtown.

Current Mall Directory:

Current Aerial View:

Thu Nov 30, 04:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the feel of this pic, in the rain and all.

Thu Nov 30, 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous justin karimzad said...

Yes, this is now part of Salem Center. In 1980, when Nordstrom was constructed, a mall was constructed adjacent to the Nordstrom, and skybridges were built to span accross some of the streets to connect with the JC Penney and the Macy's (former Meier & Frank, circa October 1955). Slightly before the mall, a couple of parking garages ("parkades") were put up in the late 1970s, and augmented the parking garage immediately behind Meier & Frank that had been present since Meier & Frank's opening. Meanwhile, there are still various typical downtown shops on the surrounding streets in addition to the mall. In my opinion, this is one of the most phenominal examples of a downtown surviving even long after a suburban mall was built (Lancaster mall), and even doing better than the other mall. If I had to pick the most important factor to downtown Salem's success, I'd say it was Meier & Frank's parking garage that was 20 years ahead of its time and set a trend, and proved that the best way for a downtown to survive is to provide free parking for shoppers.
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Thu Nov 30, 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

Nice to know of this building's future!

Thu Nov 30, 11:22:00 PM  

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