Friday, February 09, 2007

Miracle Mile Shopping Center (Monroeville, PA)

Monroeville, Pennsylvania - circa late '50s

The Monroeville Shopping Center (not to be confused with the later Monroeville Mall), is featured in this vintage postcard I purchased last year. Stores visible are J.C. Penney, W.T. Grant, and Thom McCann Shoes, among others I can't quite make out.

I don't know much about this shopping center, other than the fact that it appears to be an open-air strip mall, and was located in Monroeville, PA, dating back to the 1950s. I have no idea whether it's still around anymore, and if so, what the name of the center is now. Was this the basis site for Monroeville Mall years later in 1969? Not really sure. The back of this card simply says: "The beautiful Monroeville Shopping Center". Guess I'll just leave it at that, too.

Edit: Updated post title to reflect that this is the Miracle Mile Shopping Center.

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Blogger SB said...

It has been known as Miracle Mile for at least the past 30 years. Here is a link to their website.

I managed a Famous Footwear in the center in the late 80's early 90's. At that time, it was one of the best of the chain in the Pittsburgh market. With the addition of DSW a few years ago, I think business at that location has sufferred.

Miracle Mile is a good place for off price retailing and has for the most part been able to maintain decent occupancy for most of its existance.

Fri Feb 09, 06:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking at the photo compared to the current store map, it looks like Kresge is now Marshalls, Grant's is now Old Navy, and (I think) JCPenney is now DSW. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.

Fri Feb 09, 05:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, the current plaza seems to have a few really big vacancies. Anyone know what they were?

Fri Feb 09, 05:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never mind, I found them. For the record, the vacancies were Media Play (which used to be something else, I think), Kids "R" Us (now Office Max), and TJ Maxx (now K & G Superstore).

Fri Feb 09, 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did this go from such stores as JC Penney and WT Grant to outlet places like K&G and Marshall's?

Sat Feb 10, 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The answer's simple, Didi - market trends change.

Sat Feb 10, 08:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the Monroeville Mall opened only a mile away, that's when all the mid-tier stores started moving out of Miracle Mile and to the mall. Keep in mind, Monroeville Mall was the big one in the area at the time, and has remained so to this day. There used to be a Service Merchandise where Media Play used to be.

Sun Feb 18, 02:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont forget.. there used to be a drive in movie theater there.

Tue Feb 20, 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It used to be a site of a Drive In called Miracle Mile Drive-In which was re-located to a neighboring community, Murrysville. In the early 1960's Santa Claus was delivered by a helicoptor to start the Christmas season. JC Penney's later re-located to the Monroeville Mall approx 2 miles away in 1968.

Fri Mar 30, 08:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miracle Mile opened in the mid-fifties. On the Monroeville Garden Cub site there are a number of photographs of the center from that era.

Thu May 17, 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Susi said...

Sorry- this is not the miracle mile! Click on the tag below the picture that says miracle mile. THAT'S the real one!

Sun Oct 24, 09:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There used to be a David Weiss Jewelers also in the Miracle Mile..I remember my Aunt driving my mom, my sister and me to see the new Miracle Mile. Wow, i am 69 now, i was very young when it opened..

Sat Mar 05, 03:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The postcard shown is actually of the Great Southern Shopping Center in Pittsburgh, PA which was owned by the same company that owned the Miracle Mile Town and Country Shopping Center in Monroeville, PA. This shopping center never had a W.T. Grant or a side set of stores.

A great URL that shows the grand opening can be found at:,1178274&dq=miracle+mile+shopping+center+g:locpittsburgh&hl=en

Sun Jan 29, 01:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the previous poster is correct. The postcard shows Great Southern Shopping Center in Bridgeville, PA. The JC Penney store was there until around 2002. It moved west to the new Mall at Robinson. The Penneys store was torn down and is now the site of an LA Fitness (this location was in the news a couple of years ago due to a tragic shooting) The rest of the center still stands though. There is an Altmeyers Home Store and a Big Lots in the Kresge location. And there is a Fantastic Sams, a vaccuum cleaner store and a Michaels Crafts over where W.T Grant was formerly. There is also a Dollar Tree, a Tuesday Morning, a TJ Maxx, Office Max and a beer store in this plaza, along with Chinese, Italian and Mexican restaurants.

Tue Feb 07, 04:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I have been trying to find a photo of this mall. Is it possible to get a scanned copy of the post card? My mom is 86 and used to work there at W T Grant Company. Email thanks

Fri Sep 26, 04:52:00 PM  
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Tue Mar 15, 03:25:00 AM  
Blogger pittsburgher said...

Thank you so much for verifying!!! I'm from Bridgeville PA & I immediately recognized this as Great Southern, or at least another shopping center very similar to GS, as most strips malls of that era had nearly identical layouts & some of the same stores. I am also somewhat familiar with the Monroeville area, & I instantly knew this wasn't Miracle Mile. I've been searching the 'net forever looking for an old photo of Great Southern, & I couldn't figure out why I kept getting hits on this image -- I finally took a closer look & now I know!!!

Tue Mar 15, 03:48:00 AM  
Blogger Anna Bella said...

I used to work at the David Weis Store in the 80s. I had to leave due to office politics and boredom. The store itself was beautiful and quite the clever concept. I had a full work out back in the day. Kept me fit!

Sat Mar 04, 08:12:00 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Me too, Anna Bella. There were a lot of lazy workers who sat around and let a few do all the work. Gossip was horrible. The company itself was good, and I loved my job too. But I had to go because of the bulk of the employees were just a group of nasty people.

Sat Apr 22, 12:38:00 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Me too, Anna Bella. There were a lot of lazy workers who sat around and let a few do all the work. Gossip was horrible. The company itself was good, and I loved my job too. But I had to go because of the bulk of the employees were just a group of nasty people.

Sat Apr 22, 12:40:00 AM  
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Fri Dec 08, 02:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a photo of Great Southern Shopping Center in Bridgeville....Very similar in design & layout.

Thu Feb 08, 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

I used to work at the David Weis in the 80s. Most employees stole from the company or didn’t pull their weight. Lazy. I left to purchase college. Terrible work environment.

Sun Mar 04, 03:59:00 PM  

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