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Do you remember the North Mall?

I posted a long, long time ago about the North Mall, where The Crossroads or Manchester Crossroads is now along Route 30.

Didn’t hear many memories about it at the time, but in later posts, including my big roundup of stores of the past, I got a bunch of comments.

Wanted to share a few, and see what else you remember.

First of all, for some neat photos of this area, check out The Exchange, where a bunch are posted, including the one I pulled to post here. (Thanks to Joe for suggesting that I mention this topic; it’s a good one.)

Reader Susan Forrey shared a LOT of great memories of this complex. She writes: “North Mall stores I can remember – There was a Marianne’s (woman’s dress shop); Bon-Ton was on the one end as an anchor and J.M. Fields was the other anchor. Mailmans went into the Bon-Ton spot when Bon-Ton left. There was a Thrift Drug Store, a tobacco shop, The Fashion Bug (girls clothing store), a 5&10 store – maybe G.C. Murphy – Orange Julius, a mattress/bedding shop at the J.M. Fields end; a Thom McCann shoe store, a Radio Shack store. That’s about all I can remember. My husband gave me another restaurant that is closed – Legore’s on West Market Street. Then a Robert Hall clothing store.”

That’s a great set of memories – I must have been there hundreds of times and I can only remember Orange Julius, Thom McCann, Thrift Drug and maybe, if I stretch, I can remember going in Marianne’s. That name sounds familiar.

Another reader, John Loeper, seconded one of Susan’s memories. He wrote: “The North Mall’s biggest store was J.M. Fields. Shopped there many times. Also, anybody remember the ‘Two Guys’ store down the road a bit?”

More on Two Guys to come in a future post, including some other reader comments – that’s just some food for thought to jog your memories some more about the North Mall. Anyone else have a mall story to share?

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