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Northside Shopping Center

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I recently passed by Northside Shopping Center in Winston-Salem and I'm curious about what it used to be like before the current era. Former anchors, notable stores, when it opened, things like that.

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Northside was the first shopping center in Winston Salem. It had a Roses, Mayberry Ice Cream Shoppe, Joyce and Royal Men Shop, Jewel Box, a clothing store, and lots of smaller shops. I think it opened somewhere in the 1960s and was a middle-class shopping center. As you can tell, it isn't the same today. :(

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It seems to be holding its own, though not grandly, these days. The location is still good, even if the tenant mix is a little less special.

I suspect there was a Thalhimers there at some point. Seems like all the shopping centers in Winston had one. ;)

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My father used to work just north of this shopping center and we would stop there frequently when we would go to his office to pick up his check. Northside was one of the places to be at the time, unfortunately North Winston didn't pick up after the shopping center was built and it fell into decline. I'll have to talk to some of my relatives about past tenants. I know there used to be a Northwestern Bank which eventually turned into NCNB. It was somewhere near a corner. I also remember a wig shop. That's all I can remember at the moment though....

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the only decent store at northside is Foot Locker. im still shocked that they decided to open a store there.

i think northside had a Maxway back in the 80's?

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the only decent store at northside is Foot Locker. im still shocked that they decided to open a store there.

i think northside had a Maxway back in the 80's?

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1964 tenant list from a directory of shopping centers I own:

A&P Supermarket

Farmers Dairy Bar (later Mayberry)

Rose's

NCNB

Kay Jewelry

Northside Beauty Salon

Preston Studio

Robert's Mens

Northside Barber

Cohen-Robins Appliances

Eckerd

Kinney Shoes

Thom McAn

W.T. Grant

Colonial Supermarket

Knight Television

The Youth Center

Royal-Green Menswear

Northside Amoco

Pfaff's

Old Home Bakery

Ashburn Stationery

Gold Bond Trading Stamp Center

Homemaker Shoppe

Northside Laundry & Cleaners

Northside Shoe Repair

Piedmont Federal Savings & Loan

Pinnix Upholstery

Ruff's Florist

Staley's Northside Restaurant

Vogue Fashions

1972 tenants from city directory:

One Hour Martinizing

Ray's Kingburger

Staley's Northside Restaurant

Northside American (Amoco)

Paul Rose (Rose's attempt at a more upscale junior department store)

Piedmont Federal Savinsg & Loan

ABC Store

Big Star Supermarket

Northside Laundry & Cleaners

Western Auto

W.T. Grant

Eckerd

Kinney Shoes

Thom McAn

Robin's Womens Clothing

Pizza Villa

Northside Shoe Repair

Northside Bowling Lanes

Northside Barber

Sherwin-Williams Paint

Northside Beauty Salon

Dero's paint & Decorating

Kay Jewelers

Mister Hi Style

NCNB

Trans World Imports

Medical Offices

Rose's

Allied Radio Shop

Ashburn Stationer

Arcade Fashion Shop

Mayberry Ice Cream

Piecegoods Shop

The Youth Center

Joyce & Royal Mens & Boyswear

Dewey's Bakery

A&P Supermarket

Northside opened 30 October 1958.

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Thanks Otherstream! I was certain that Thalhimers was at Northside, but I guess it wasn't. Didn't know about the Paul Rose either.

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Thruway Shopping Center, the original (north) portion, was the first shopping center in W-S in the late 1950's about 5-7 years before Northside.

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Thruway is really cool. It's the only one of Winston's early shopping centers that is still attracting the same audience it did when it opened.

That's not to disparage Northside though. Northside isn't the novelty it once was, but it seems to be holding its own in that neighborehhod.

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Thanks Otherstream! I was certain that Thalhimers was at Northside, but I guess it wasn't. Didn't know about the Paul Rose either.

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Winston-Salem shopping centers and anchors, 1964, from "Directory of Shopping Centers", National Reseach Bureau:

Giant Discount Center

Address: 3800 Reynolda Road

Open: 1963

Anchor: Giant Food

Northside Shopping Center

Address: 3547 N. Patterson Ave.

Open: 1958

Anchors: A&P, Rose's, Eckerd, W.T. Grant, Colonial

Parkway Plaza

Address: 1221 Corporation Parkway

Open: 1960

Anchors: Kroger, Eckerd, Woolworth's, Food Fair, K&W Cafeteria, Grant's, Collins Dept. Store, Thalhimer's

Reynolda Manor

Address: Reynolda at Fairlawn

Open: 1963

Anchors: Spainhour's Dept. Store, Colonial, Eckerd, Grant's, Reynolda Manor Cafeteria, Winn-Dixie

Robinhood Road Shopping Center/Sherwood Plaza

Address: Robinhood at Peace Haven

Open: 1961

Anchors: Food Fair, A&P, Kress, Patterson Drugs, Peebles Dept. Store

Thruway Shopping Center

Address: 300 S. Stratford Rd.

Open: 1955

Anchors: Food Fair, Woolworth's, Eckerd, Davis Dept Store, Winn-Dixie, Thalhimer's, Rose's

West Salem Shopping Center

Address: Academy and Peters Creek

No further details in the book, although I know it opened with an A&P.

There was also a listing for a proposed "Grandview Mall", with no address. It was to have been a small enclosed mall with an A&P as anchor, which was to have opened in 1964. I have a feeling it never came to pass.

Maybe if I feel especially motivated, I'll do the Greensboro listings soon as well.

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I didn't realize Grant's had that many locations in Winston-Salem, and that Woolworth's had so few.

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