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Saturday, September 17, 2016

LEGENDARY COMMENTS BY GEORGE CHEVALLIER 9-17-16

          I recently had someone inquire about the stores in the old Salisbury Mall. It seems as if a lot of people grew up in the old Mall and have fond memories of it. They just can’t remember all the stores that were there. The stores were numbered according to a map of the entire Mall. The following may just bring back a memory or two. Some are still with us in other locations, some have faded into history. How many do you remember?

SALISBURY MALL - 1974
(Information from the1974 Salisbury City Directory and the old map)

 1. Hecht Co.                                                        31.
 2. Sears Roebuck & Co.                                      32. Radio Shack
                                                                             32A. Crafts International
 3. Pantry Pride                                                    33. Hooks Pastry Shop
 4. McCrory Variety Stores                                  34. Chester Uniforms
 5. Read Drug & Chemical Co.                            35. Buddy Dale Shops
 6. Lerner Shops                                                   36. Mall Barber Shop
 7. Sherwin-Williams                                           37.
 8. English’s Cafeteria                                         38. Cinecom Mall Cinema
 9. Dannemann’s                                                  39. Cinecom Mall Cinema
10. Ralph & Gaskill’s                                          40. Brooks Co.
                                                                             40A. General Nutrition Center
11. First National Bank                                        41. Salisbury Book Store
12. Kinney Shoes                                                 42. Richards Hair Fashions
13. Singer Co.                                                      43.
14.                                                                        44. Wig Haus of Maryland
15.                                                                        45. Wig Haus of Maryland
16. Holiday Shoes                                                46.
17.                                                                        47.
18. Hanover Shoes                                               48.
19. Barett Shoes                                                   49. W. J. Ahtes Real Estate
20. Carousel Shop                                                50. Aetna Life & Casualty Co.
21.Webster’s Menswear                                       51. Weight Watchers of Delmarva
22. Russell Stover Candies                                  52.
23. Parklane Hosiery                                            53.
24. Barclay’s Jewelers                                         54. J. R. Freeny II (insurance)
25. Card Mart                                                       55. Orange Julius
26. Phillipsborn                                                    56. Bresler’s 33 Flavors Ice Cream
27. Household Finance, Inc.
28.
29.
30. Buck’s Buster Brown                                     no # Bavarian Soft Pretzels
                                                                                        (kiosk in aisle)

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this.I can recall about 75%.I can also recall the huge piles of snow pushed up in the parking lot after the blizzards.That mall was an amazing place to go.

Anonymous said...

my dad used to by pipe tobacco at watson's smoke shop, i remember how good all that tobacco used to smell. and i just had to buy clothes at "the connection" because that was the cool place to shop, or so i thought at the time, seem's kind of silly now wanting to wear what everybody else was wearing. and what was the name of that record store? i can't believe i have forgotten it. oh yeah!!, camelot!! i still have the lynyrd skynyrd, molly hatchet and pink floyd albums i bought there.

Anonymous said...

I used to work at Camelot Records back then - 1976. My brother and I also worked at Tuerkes and Beckers Leather Goods. My dad helped manage Hess Apparel and I worked there on and off for several years. Randy Ashcraft was one of my co-workers then. I'll never forget "Stag Night".

Anonymous said...

I think in the early 80's there was a shop called O.C.Rags. Also didn't Hess Apparel & Benjamins have a location there? (either one or both, I'm not positive)

Anonymous said...

Hutzler's (later Peebles) & Casual Corner.

Anonymous said...

Friendly's was a great place to meet friends for a "friendly frank" with fries. we loved, loved, loved the old mall. wonderful memories there.

Anonymous said...

Merle Norman (cosmetics)

Anonymous said...

Hanburgers Fine Clothing from Baltimore, they left town when they said it cost TOOO much to ship all the way from Baltimore to Salisbury!

Anonymous said...

Jack's Religious Gift Shop was there and also a shop that sold cookies.

Anonymous said...

Orange Julius! Best bacon dogs on Earth!

Anonymous said...

I don't like malls , so I've only been there maybe 6 times. I've been to the new mall about the same.
I get nervous around people , George ,remember when Paul kicked the highest on the wall?
Mary Ann and Peggy used to visit the malls , I'd rather be hunting.

Anonymous said...

9:32-I don't recall a Watson Smoke House in the mall.I just remember the one downtown.I saw my very first wireless phone in the mall in 1971,but it was in a briefcase.No one believed me when I told them.

Cyndi Layfield said...

I used to work at B Green Warehouse Food Market in the old mall and my sister worked at Brooks and my mom worked at McCroys kitchen they sold the best club sandwiches around!!

Anonymous said...

i just remembered another place called "the baked potato", you'd get baked potato's and you could put all kinds of good stuff on them but i don't think it was there for very long,in the early 80's.

Anonymous said...

I didn't see Langraul's on the list. The movie theatre, the hair salon beside the barbershop. Mitchell's Martial Arts

Anonymous said...

Dead memories. Just like the City of Salisbury. A dying city. Memories don't pay the bills for all of the people who lost their jobs working at the old Salisbury mall. Just old dead memories.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe no one has mentioned Alladin's Castle.

Anonymous said...

There were no bars that sold beer. That's why I didn't go there much. Heck, come to think of it, there wasn't even a HOOTERS.

Anonymous said...

This post clearly states 1974,meaning that the listed stores were there in 1974.Some were there before and did not make it to 1974 and some didn't come along until later.I recall watching the Home Alone movie in the mall cinema,and that movie didn't come out until 1990 or so.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there also a Vernon Powell shoe store on one of the corners in the mall, I can't remember which one.

Great job, I loved that mall. The Christmas decorations, it was great! A real down home feeling. The "new" mall lacks all the warmth the old mall had in my opinion. I hate the traffic pattern getting to the mall and would rather go to Annapolis than this mall in Salisbury.

Anonymous said...

Lad and lassie, kids clothing, the connection, jones craft, tonys pizza. fashion bug vernon powell

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the memories.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
i just remembered another place called "the baked potato", you'd get baked potato's and you could put all kinds of good stuff on them but i don't think it was there for very long,in the early 80's.

November 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I dated a girl that worked there and the stuffed potatoes were actually good. It was a small store at one of the entrances and you're right, it didn't stay there long.

Anonymous said...


Earring Tree
Swiss Colony
La Salon

Anonymous said...

I had a drug store out back. lol

Anonymous said...

I moved here in 2002. When did the mall close? Interesting the fond memories folks have.

Anonymous said...

Lad & Lassie was downtown

Anonymous said...

There was a food store like Food Lion , can't remember the name.

Anonymous said...

Bunch of old farts that have failed to make any new memories so they live in distant past.

Anonymous said...

How boring, glad I was born after the old mall closed. 1974 must have been a really sucky year.

Anonymous said...

Pantry Pride was the original grocery store

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there a Buster Brown?

Anonymous said...

Food Depot was the grocery store.