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, the complex has just achieved freeway-friendly status, with a newly-opened section of Interstate 65.

In 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 was comprised of 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.
Photo from http://www.flickr.com

By 1989, the new McRae's and an expanded Gayfer's were connected with an enclosed 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.