Memories of the original stores at the West Manchester Mall
Commenter Frank Soyke provided me with a list that I’m sure will spark many memories. It relates to the West Manchester Mall, which opened in October 1981.
I’d love to hear more about just about any of these places. Some of these stores are still in business, but many are not or have moved!
Frank writes, “This is as close to the original lineup of stores that I remember… Some may have come later. Here goes: Gee Bee, Chick Fil A, Camelot Music, Deb shop, Fashion Bug, McCrory’s, Athlete’s Foot, Bavarian Pretzels, Empire China, Brothers Pizza, Aladdin’s Castle, Sbarro’s, Kids’ Point Of View, Plush N Stuff, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Foot Locker, Kay Jewelers, Thom McCann, People’s Drug, Hess’s, The Bon-Ton, The Gap, Benneton, Tyler’s, Friendly’s, McDonald’s, Wee Three Records (I worked there), Littman Jewelers, a bank (can’t remember the name, but it was right at the Gee Bee entrance), Orange Julius, Kaybee Toys, The Hub and a travel agency (also at the Gee Bee entrance next to the bank.) I’m sure I missed many others.”
I think that list is a great start! To date myself a little bit, one of my first jobs was at Sbarro’s when it was at what’s now the mall’s “orange entrance.” I worked there for several years in the mid- to late ’90s, and really enjoyed it, at least most of the time!
My only addition is I think that bank was a York Bank, which later became Allfirst, then M&T. I am vague on that, but at the time, our family banked with York Bank, and I think I remember going with Mom to do her business deposits there.
What do you guys remember?