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1960 - Northside Shopping Center a month after opening when Sears Northside opened on April 20th

NW 79 Street and 27 Avenue, Dade County, Florida

The view is looking directly west and depicts a jam-packed parking lot full of thousands of cars, presumably for the grand opening of Sears.

Northside Shopping Center opened a month before on March 16, 1960. Sears, Roebuck & Company was by far the largest tenant in the shopping center and I worked there part-time from November 1965 to May 1966 and again from November 1970 to January 1973. Northside was the closest shopping center with a major anchor store for many Hialeah residents and we no longer had to travel to downtown, Sears or Jordan Marsh on Biscayne Boulevard, the Little River area or Biscayne Shopping Center. While the Palm Springs Village Shopping Center opened in the same year it lacked a major department store though it did have a Neisner's and a G. C. Murphy.

Northside was an open-air shopping center with walkways and landscaped patios separating the rows of stores. It was very popular through the 1960's and started going downhill in the late 60's/early 70's, especially after Sears opened a new store at the new Westland Mall in 1972.

The vacant area to the west along 79th Street was later occupied by a large Woolco discount store.

From my friend Jeff Levine:

A far cry from its present state, the list of familiar and quality stores was enough to make any family hop into their sedan to shop or just window shop. This is the list of the original tenants of Northside Shopping Center:

Abbott Hobbies
Albert's Barber Shop
Atlantic Photo Supply
Baker's Qualicraft Shoes
Beauty Fair
Beneficial Finance Co.
Billet Doux
Biscayne Federal Savings and Loan Association
Butler's Shoes
Crosby Jewelers
Family Shoe Service
5-7-9 Shops
Dr. Gardner (Optometrist)
Hattie Gorné Coiffeurs
Grable's Bakery
Grand Union
Harvest House Cafeteria
The Hub
S.S. Kresge
Kween Kotton Shops
Lerner Shops
Lila May Shops
Thom McAn Shoes
Mt.Vernon Coffee Shoppe (opened April 20th)
National Bank of Commerce
National Shirt Shops
New French Benzol Cleaners
Northside Children's Center
Northside Maternity Shop
Northside Music Center
Northside Travel Agency
Royal Palm Clothes
Rumpus Room
Sandrell's, Inc.
Saron Costume Jewelry
Schiff Shoes
Sears, Roebuck and Company (opened April 20th)
Singer Sewing Center
Sylvia's Lingeria and Corsetry
Three Sisters
Tooley-Myron Studios
Vogue of Mmiami
Walgreen Drugs
F.W. Woolworth Co.
The Allen Morris Company
Northside Center, Inc.

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Page Whatley 01-Feb-2011 23:12
Hi, I grew up right down the street. our family lived there from 57-74. I spend many a day at that shopping center and catching snakes in that big lot (cow pasture) It was a great place to grow up. I knew almost everyone in those houses. Thanks so much for posting it. Page Whatley