A lot of stores and services have changed at NORTHGATE CENTER by 1972, but only a small section of new space (shown in medium gray) has been added. The Kresge 5 & dime location was taken by the T G & Y chain in September 1970. Forty-nine tenants are in operation at the complex.


NORTHGATE CENTER TENANTS 1972:

POPULAR DRY GOODS / J.C. PENNEY / SAFEWAY supermarket / T G & Y 5 & 10 (with luncheonette) / Aaronson Brothers / Allied Finance Corporation / American Furniture Company / American Handicraft / Baker's Shoes / C.J.C. Enterprises / Charles Craven, Attorney at Law / Chez Patrice Beauty Salon / Cook Sporting Goods / Cox's Bakery / Discount Photo Express / El Paso County Tax Office / El Paso Times / El Paso Herald-Post / First Savings & Loan / Frank's Lock & Key / Gilbert's Fashion Apparel / Glass Apparel / Gunning Casteel Rexall Drug (with luncheonette) / H & R Block / Household Finance Corporation / Humble Oil Company / Jif-E Mart / Key Realty / Lerner Shops / Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio / Paul's Barber Shop / Perry's Laundry & Cleaners / Richard Burgess Branch Library / Northgate Chevron (outparcel) / Northgate Community Hall / Northgate Florist / Northgate Theatre (single screen outparcel) / Public Utilities Payment Office / Radio Shack / Rayburn's / Shain's Quality Jewelers / Sherwin-Williams Paints / Sweetbriar Shop / T-Bird Station & Car Wash (outparcel) / The Card Nook / Texas State Optical / Thom McAn Shoes / Toy Kingdom / US Post Office / White Stores / Wigg's Appliance  


El Paso's Popular Dry Goods chain folded in late 1995. The building at NORTHGATE...make that NORTHPARK...was repurposed as the Furr's Emporium supermarket seen here. It was shuttered in the summer of 2001.
Photo from www.loopnet.com


Speeding ahead through time, we have a circa-2010 site plan of El Paso's first shopping mall. By this time, it had gone through reinventions as NORTHPARK MALL and NORTHGATE MALL. Whatever new name was bequeathed failed to hide that fact that it had deteriorated into a vacant hulk. It would be given its final reinvention -with a wrecking ball- in late 2011.