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1960 - Sears Service Station at Northside Shopping Center, Miami

1960 - Sears Service Station at Northside Shopping Center, Miami

Northside Shopping Center, Miami, Florida

This Sears service station and tire center were located in the northwest corner of NW 27th Avenue and 79th Street in the southeast corner of the Northside Shopping Center. This view is looking west with 79th Street on the left. According to George W. Young, retired from the tire business, this Sears tire center sold more tires than anyone in Dade County at the time.

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jmore 18-Jul-2013 08:20
wallgreen pharmacy seats on that land
and royal castle is still there on the sw
corner of 79 st nw 27 ave
Don Boyd23-Mar-2013 16:06
I appreciate everyone who has posted their comments here and I encourage more folks to post too.

Pamela, thank you for the update on the animals still being there. I may go over there and try to get some photos of them for John and others viewing the site. I took some photos of the center a year or two ago but I didn't get out of my car.

john owens 23-Mar-2013 03:30
Does anyone have a picture of the cement turtles at northside shopping center. I played on those back in the 60s. If anyone does PLEASE send it to me. John, thank you.
pamela davis watson 21-Jun-2011 11:30
it was cool reading the posting. I currently live down the street from northside. The cement animals are still there....imagine how many little hands and feet have been all over those cement animals from 1960 till 2011. As a matter of fact, i saw some kids playing on top of the know the one with the long neck..they now have the blow up jump house and slides inside the rest area where the where the cement animals are. Northisde has truly come back to the way Royal Castle is still across the street. Amazing I was born 1965 and i remember my mom buying my first "white jumper gym suite for PE class" from sears.
Guest 13-Dec-2010 12:42
My parents had a restaurant in North Side ,,,it was DinnerMaid,,,those were the good ole days,,,:)
Guest 01-Sep-2010 00:20
I bought many tires here in the 60s and 70s. The service was great.
Frank 02-Jun-2010 19:37
I grew up not far from Northside.Shopping center. In fact my mother worked for the Sears in N.S not much after they opened that store. This brings back many memories. I can't tell you how many times we bought gas and tires at this same location.

From 1960 until the mid 70's we lived there. I remember Funland park across NW 79th Street and the old Royal Castle hamburgers. Now that I found this site I'll be checking back often. I'm now located in NC.
Don Boyd15-Feb-2009 06:45
Jerry, Guest, Billy and Guest: thank you for posting some great memories below. I worked part-time on the second floor of Sears in Customer Service in 1965/66 and again from 1970 to the end of 1972 and I had forgotten about that part of Sears across the walkway and also the plant section out across the west parking lot.

I too remember when Northside opened and it was the "in" place to shop for a lot of us in the northern half of the county. We no longer traveled from Hialeah to the Little River area, the Biscayne Shopping Center or downtown to shop. I had also forgotten about the concrete animals for the kids to climb on - thanks for that memory.

jerry pastore 15-Feb-2009 03:34
my mother worked at the lunch counter of woolworthsfor many years.i grew up around that shopping center, often doing my homework in a booth waiting for her to get off work.i remember walking down to kresges and looking at the teen beat magazines about the beatles, rolling stones ,hermans hermits etc.saw some of my first movies at the old 79st. drive-in, first elvis movie(girls girls girls) first james bond movie (dr, no)and psyco, locked my bathroom door for years whenever i took a shower. remember hales health food store ,friends father owned it.sears was always the place to be on saturday, lots of people watching. then head over to the tv section to watch baseball on the color tv"s
Guest 24-Jan-2008 23:41
Sears was the dominant presence at Northside. They were split into four parts: the service station by 27th Ave, the huge main store, the smaller store across the corridor which featured pets and toys, and across the parking lot was the Sears plant nursery. Each year as holidays approached, the toys were moved to the upstairs of the main store. Going up the escalator to the 2nd floor of that Sears was like the stairway to Heaven: you keep rising up and suddenly you're there: the slot cars zooming about, the GI Joes, the hustle-and-bustle. Right beside it was the electronics department, where we bought a tiny portable B&W Sears tv.

It was around '68 that they added the theater, way over to the north (it started out as one screen, and later split into two). That's where we saw "2001 - A Space Odyssey."

In the '60s into the early '70s, Northside was a wonderful place to be a child. Of those cement animal statues, my favorite was the turtle between Walgreens and Kresge's (previously Western Auto). Perfect for climbing and sitting.

Northside's jingle during the '69 Dolphin games on WIOD was "At Northside, every day's a great day... At Northside, shop the easy way". --X1
Guest 21-Jun-2007 21:45
this shopping center had large cement animals all around it that me and my sister would crawl all over while my parents would shop
Guest 19-May-2007 13:48
I remember when Northside was the best shopping center