Saturday, July 07, 2007

Miracle Mile Shopping Center (Monroeville, PA)

Monroeville, Pennsylvania - circa 1950s

Vintage postcard view of the bustling Miracle Mile Shopping Center in Monroeville, PA, which opened in November of 1954, and was originally officially named Pittsburgh Miracle Mile Town & Country Shopping Center Inc.--thank the Shopping Gods it got shortened! Cool shot here of the mall's S. S. Kresge and Sun Drugs stores

Mall history: 1954 - present
Current website: here
Current aerial view
Previous entries: 1

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Blogger Keith said...

Just a thought: I Wonder if any zombies from DAWN OF THE DEAD ever wandered over to Miracle Mile from nearby Monroeville Mall back in the late '70s when the whole "dead rising" thing was going on?

Tue Jul 10, 04:34:00 PM  
Anonymous didi said...

LOL!!! Gotta see the original DotD film. I only saw the reamke a few years ago and didn't think it was all that. Was miracle Mile still around by the late 70s?

I like this postcard but I can't help but think this looks familiar. So I clicked on the other entry you have and saw a more distant shot of this place. Aha!

Wed Jul 11, 02:56:00 PM  
Anonymous didi said...

"Was miracle Mile still around by the late 70s?"

Scratch that question. Miracle Mile sounds like that was a discount department store back in the 60s and 70s. I got confused here.

Wed Jul 11, 02:58:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Strip malls like this remind me of the days my mother used to stop at the Kresge store at this large strip mall called Fox Point Shopping Center (The pylon read Fox Point Mall) in Neenah WI. That place, considering how young I was at the time (4-6 yr old) was big and was an 'L-shaped' strip. I still recall many of its tenants as well..nearly 25-30 total, Kresge, JCPenney and Pick n' Save Warehouse Foods among them being the anchors.

By the late 1970s, SS Kresge Co stores that still existed just became "KRESGE" during its final years in business (probably '77, when Kresge Co. rebranded to K-mart Corp., to '87), so read out the large all-caps triple-stroked neon sign above the only Kresge I ever went that very same mall.

Keith I noticed in some of your strip mall features, Kresge / Woolworth, Kresge / WT Grant, or Woolworth / WT Grant, existed in the SAME mall. Talk about competition even back then, not just today with Wal*Mart vs Target!

I'm sure though, the stores all differentiated enough from each other, despite overlap in some in-store departments, where they were all serviceable in some way.

Nice to read (in the article you also linked to in a previous post) that this strip mall has weathered the changes and is still thriving today. That is rare among huge strip malls like this.

Sat Jul 14, 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember going to this shopping mall when I was six years old to pick up my mother from the grocery store about 1962. Used to live in Monroeville. Interesting

Sat Nov 28, 06:18:00 AM  
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Tue Mar 15, 03:37:00 AM  
Blogger pittsburgher said...

Miracle Mile in Monroeville is/was very similar to Great Southern in Bridgeville. Both built within a year of each other & both boasting some of the same stores, I can see why photos of the two are often mixed up & misindentified online. As a matter of fact, at first glance I almost thought this was Great Southern, but for the fact that at GSSC, The Sun Drug was further down to the left of Kresge along the main strip....

Tue Mar 15, 03:40:00 AM  
Blogger Batya Medad said...

It looks just like the Lake Success shopping center on Long Island, but different store names. I bet they all had the same architect.

Mon Apr 16, 04:04:00 PM  

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