Like many a mid-century mall, NORMANDY replaced a shuttered drive-in. The Normandy Outdoor Theatre, seen here, was in operation between 1949 and 1964.
Photo from http://drive-ins.com/pictures / Rocco Santuzzi
A bit of confusion surrounds the history of NORMANDY MALL. It has been said that it was in business as early as 1963. However, a 1963 aerial view shows a twin drive-in theater still occupying the site. It is for certain that Montgomery Ward was originally a stand-alone store, with the mall added at a later date. From all appearances, Ward's was open by 1965, with NORMANDY MALL being officially dedicated in late 1970.
NORMANDY MALL TENANTS 1971:
WOOLCO (with Red Coach Grill) / P.H. ROSE (ROSES) variety store / FOOD FAIR supermaket (outparcel) / Bernard Wigs / Bresler's 33 Flavors Ice Cream / Burger Chef / City-Wide Distribution / Cleveland Fabrics / Eckerd Drugs (outparcel) / Endicott-Johnson Shoes / Federal Bake Shop / Florida Optical / Howard Clothes / Hallmark Cards / J.J. Newberry 5 & 10 (with luncheonette) / Kay Jewelers / Kinney Shoes / Loft's Candies / Mangels ladies' wear / National Shirt Shops / Normandy Blue & Gold Theatres / Orange Julius / Parklane Hosiery / Regis Hairstylists / Schwobilt Clothes / Singer Sewing Center / Walgreen Drug