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A few more notes on what used to be where in York County’s shopping centers

One problem I have as I chronicle York County’s stores and restaurants of the past is that I remember WHAT used to be here a lot better than I remember WHERE it used to be!

A few commenters, though, have been great at helping me locate some businesses I couldn’t place.

Robert explains that “Two Guys Dept Store was the entire length from Old Country Buffet down to and including Tractor Supply” in the Northwest Plaza shopping center on Route 30. (Not to be confused with North Gate Plaza, even though they’re less than two miles apart on the same road.)

Anyway, Robert knew where Two Guys was because he worked there, ending as the automotive manager.

Another “employee memory” came from Susan Beaven. She writes, “I worked at Key Fashions in the North Mall. It was my first part-time job in high school. There was also Marianne’s clothing store, Shaffner’s jewelry and upscale clothing store. There was a gift shop at North Gate I believe called The Gate House.”

And commenter Ami adds, “There was definitely a Mailman’s at the Queensgate Shopping Center … located in the spot currently occupied by The Bon-Ton.”

Thank you all for shedding light on those. It is GREATLY appreciated! Maybe someday I’ll get real fancy and make a map. You know, in all my free time?

3 comments on “A few more notes on what used to be where in York County’s shopping centers

  1. I’m wondering if any of your readers remember The Bright Star Restaurant that was on the corner of Rt 30 and Roosevelt Ave (car dealership there now). I fondly remember that spot as where a lot of us hung out after a night of “clubbing”. After 2:00ish in the morning there were all kinds of characters (in various stages of sobriety LOL). I’m in my seventies now and that was when I was in my twenties but still have a lot of memories from that place. Thanks!!

  2. When I was a kid (70’s & 80’s), one of my favorite things to see was the display of Cadillacs at the multi-floor glass-paneled Cadillac dealership by the Queensgate mall, just down the street from McDonald’s. There was also a bank that was in the same area that was round and was lit by different colored lights at night. There was also the Delco Shopping Plaza, and it had a movie theater…I saw E.T. there in 1982. But my absolute favorite thing was driving with my parents at Christmas by the house on Country Club Rd., near Richland Ave., that one that had all the animated Christmas decorations, the Yes/No teeter totter, the snowman with his pipe that turned his head and Santa on his sleigh with the reindeer, with Rudolph and his red nose lit up. I went to Y.C.D.S., so I got to see it during the day too.

  3. WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER I ACTUALLY WORKED AT THE BRIGHT STAR RESTAURANT COOKED AND WASHED DISHES, IT WAS A HOT SPOT WHEN THE BARS CLOSED … PPL HAD THE MUNCHIES.. FOND MEMORIES..
    THIS IS NEW YEARS EVE 2020 AND I FOUND OUT THAT HAROLD “HAP” MILLER IS IN HOSPITAL IN TERMINAL CONDITION AND NOT LONG TO LIVE.. HE OWNED A RESTAURANT IN YORK CALLED “HAP” MILLERS RESTAURANT,,HAD GOOD FOLLOWING SO SORRY TO SEE HIM LEAVING US… GOD SPEED “HAP”…. AND ONE MORE PLACE I USED TO WORK AT WAS BENNIE’S RESTAURANT ON WEST MARKET STREET THEY HAD THE BEST CHERRY PIES….I AM 75 AND A LIFE LONG YORKER.. COOKED IN MAY PLACES IN YORK THAT ARE NOW GONE LIKE SWORD AND SHIELD,SPATAROS ON ROOSEVELT AVE. THE YORKTOWNE HOTEL SAN CARLOS, WHERE I COOKED WITH LARRY COPEHEAVER AND BOB BILL TUFAROLA … FOND MEMORIES,,,I ACTUALLY HONEYMOONED IN PLAYLAND EAST MKT STREET ALL WE COULD AFFORD LOL FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME ANYTIME…OR WE COULD MEET AT THE WHITE SWAN.. LOL

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