A site plan of the circa-'71 retail hub. The original 75,000 square foot SEMINOLE CENTER, completed in November 1965, is indicated in black. The enclosed SEMINOLE MALL, housing 340,000 leasable square feet, is shown in gray. It was dedicated in February 1970.


SEMINOLE MALL TENANTS 1971:

WOOLCO (with Red Coach Grill) / J. BYRON / BELLAS-HESS / PUBLIX supermarket / DRIFTWOOD CAFETERIA / J.G. McCRORY 5 & 10 (with luncheonette) / Ace Hardware / Bailey Jewelers / Barbor Gourmet Foods / Bill Schoof Realty / Center Electronics / Colony Shop / Consumer Finance / Deco Paints / Dipper Dan Ice Cream Shoppe / Esquire Barber Shop / Fifth Avenue Card Shop / Florida Shoe Service / Frank's Stag Shop / Fremacs For Men / Fugazi Travel Service / Funding Corporation of America / Gallenkamp Shoes / General Nutrition Center / Gilberg's Fabrics / Goody's Shoes / Gordon's Jewelers / Grant's Bakery / Hearing Aid Service / Import World / Leeds Jet Shoes / Loft's Candies / Newell's Music / One Hour Martinizing / Orange Julius / Oriental Shops / Parklane Hosiery / Perm Town / Phillip's Coiffures / Royce Shoes / Seminole Coin Laundry / Seminole Community Room / Seminole Mall 1 & 2 Cinemas / Seminole Optical / Smoker's Paradise / Snak Shack / Squire Formalwear / State Farm Insurance / Stuarts Ready-To-Wear For Ladies / The Golden Closet ladies' wear / The Juice Bug / Trans-Pacific Imports / Vogue Shops of Jacksonville / Western Auto


Zooming forward in time over 30 years, we see the SEMINOLE MALL of the 21st Century. Naturally, anchors and inline stores have changed since the 1971 plan. The Woolco space was taken by Kmart in 1992. J. Byron's became a Bealls in 1999. Ross Dress For Less assumed the old McCrory 5 & 10 spot in 2003. Even with these -and other- new stores, the complex was in a downward spiral.


The official logo of the shopping hub, circa-2013.
Graphic from www.seminole-mall.com


A circa-2007 photo of SEMINOLE MALL. This shows the Main Entrance, built as part of a 1991 remodeling. At a late 2013 meeting of the Seminole City Council, the mall was officially designated a "blighted and contaminated site". A wrecking ball renovation was certain to follow...
Photo from http://www.rmcpg.com