SPRINGDALE PLAZA originated with a large strip complex of fifty stores and services, which was anchored by Mobile-based Gayfer's. In this circa-1963 site plan, it has just gained freeway friendly status; this from a newly-opened section of Interstate 65.
By 1974, the PLAZA had been expanded with a fully-enclosed East Wing (indicated in gray). This addition was done as a keeping-up measure with BEL AIR MALL, which was now across the road. The SPRINGDALE Montgomery Ward was built with 2 floors. The first comprised a 120,500 square foot sales floor, the second was a partial level devoted to storage and offices.
In the mid-1980s, Mississippi's McRae's chain opened a SPRINGDALE store (by the time this photo was taken, it had been rebranded by Belk).
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By 1989, the new McRae's and an expanded Gayfer's were connected with a West Wing (shown in gray). The GLA of SPRINGDALE MALL now stood at 926,000 square feet, with a compliment of eighty stores and services.