The original WHITTWOOD CENTER, a year and some months after its November 1956 opening. At the time, there was only one anchor, a dry goods only J.C. Penney. A Von's grocery stood at the southeast end of the complex. The mall was obviously built with plenty of room for future expansion...an open space at the southwest corner would eventually be filled with an expanded fifth store block.
In late 1973, the retail hub was still open-air, but several modifications had been made. The Broadway was dedicated in 1961. 2 years later, the incomplete southwest store block (shown in dark gray) was finished, filling out the basic footprint of the structure. At the time of this plan, a new -full-line- J.C. Penney had just opened its doors.
WHITTWOOD CENTER TENANTS 1973:
THE BROADWAY (with Chafing Dish restaurant, Broadway Beauty Salon and outparcel Tire Center) / J.C. PENNEY (with Coffee Shop, Beauty Salon and outparcel Auto Center ) / MEYERS BROTHERS / SAV-ON DRUG / DESMOND'S / VON'S supermarket (outparcel) / W.T. GRANT / Alroe, Incorporated ladies' wear / Anita Shops ladies' wear / Bank of America (outparcel) / Beal's Furniture / Book Fair Stationers / C.H. Baker Shoes / Comar Children's Shoes / Conlin Brothers Sporting Goods / Craig Richard, Limited men's wear / Daniel's Jewelers / De Marc's Shoes / Docktor Pet Center / Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour (outparcel) / Gallenkamp Shoes / Guilotti Brothers optometrists / Helen's Wigs & Beauty Supply / House of Fabrics / House of Tailoring / Jacques & Victor Hair Stylists / Jolly Roger restaurant / Judy's ladies' wear / Kusel's Food To Go / Lawson's Jewelers / Leed's Shoes / Monica's ladies' wear / Moran Drapery Stores / Petite Sophistocate ladies' wear / Pier One Imports (outparcel) / Prince & Princess children's wear / Raelon's Gifts & Cameras / Security Pacific Bank / See's Candies / Singer Sewing Center / The Modern Woman ladies' wear / Thom McAn Shoes / Vauple's Whittwood men's wear / Vicki's Toy Town / Youth Town children's wear / Wetherby-Kayser Shoes / Whittwood Jewelers / Whittwood Music / Whittwood Theatre (outparcel) / Wonder Shops ladies' wear
An interior view of the east section of the enclosed mall.
Photo from www.mitchglaser.com