A pre-construction view of the 2-level G.C. Murphy 5 & 10, at the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Broad Street. The area in the foreground became a fountain court in the completed mall.
Photo from the George C. Crout Collection, courtesy of the Middletown Public Library


Heavy construction along Central Avenue, August 1973. Shopping at any stores that remained in business along the Avenue had become quite treacherous. Longtime downtown merchants, such as The Joy Shop, John Ross Company and S.S. Kresge, had gone bust by this time.
Photo from the George C. Crout Collection, courtesy of the Middletown Public Library


A sign, at the future southeast (Verity Parkway) entrance, proclaiming Middletown's up-and-coming urban renewal mall project.
Photo from the George C. Crout Collection, courtesy of the Middletown Public Library