"Rocket City", Alabama's HEART OF HUNTSVILLE MALL is dedicated on November 1, 1961. Officiating at the ribbon-cutting is US Senator John Sparkman (D), William P. Engel, of the Engert Corporation, and Huntsville Mayor R.B. Searey.
Photo from http://www.cbcworldwide.com
Huntsville's first two shopping malls were small community-class centers, which were situated adjacent to one another in the southwestern quadrant of the downtown area. Originally open-air, they were hastily roofed-in as a reaction to the opening of the city's first interior mall, in 1966.
HEART OF HUNTSVILLE MALL TENANTS 1966:
SEARS (with freestanding Auto Center) / F.W. WOOLWORTH 5 & 10 (with luncheonette) / MULKEY & JACKSON Supermarket / LIGGETT REXALL (with luncheonette) / Allstate Insurance Company / Baker's Shoes / Bell Brothers Shoes / Bill's men's wear / Brother & Sister Children's Shop / Catha's Toy & Hobby Center / Ed's men's wear / Ellen's Cleaners / Happy House Cards / Hinkle's Barber Shop / Household Finance Corporation / Ladies Bazaar / Mazer's for Modern Huntsville Furniture / Melody Music Center / National Key Company / Nita's Beauty Salon / Ready's Bakery / Three Sisters ladies' wear / Zale's Jewelers
DUNNAVANT'S MALL TENANTS 1966:
DUNNAVANT'S / PROPST DRUGS / Bartons Candy Shop / Caprice Coiffures by Brenda / Clark's Barber Shop / E Z Delicatessen / Maurice's Dress Shop / Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio / People's National Bank of Huntsville / Twenty-Eight Minute Ultra Clean / The Book Shop