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Friday, March 4, 2011

Southside Plaza - 1960s

Here's a picture of a booming Southside Plaza in the late 1960s. Southside Plaza originally opened in 1957, just a year after Richmond's first suburban shopping center, Willow Lawn. It's had ups and downs over the years, including the loss of a lot of business to nearby Cloverleaf Mall when it opened in 1972. However, Southside Plaza still thrives today, and has even outlasted Cloverleaf Mall, which has closed, and will be demolished this Spring/Summer.

Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

12 comments:

  1. WOW - this amazing pic brings back my childhood. i spent many a happy day back in the mid-to-late '60s and early '70s with my family shopping at the old Southside Plaza. Would love to find other vintage photos of the Plaza - i grew up going on shopping excursions to those stores, eating at the S&W - and many a year visited that little hut in the corner to speak with the big fella from the North Pole. Fantastic memories! Thanks for posting!

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  2. was here in the 60s, but in the late 90s, early 00s, i was there almost everyday. i was also there frequently during the entire 90s. loved this place. still standing, but no where near the same, imo. i remember going with my grandma to woolworth, gc murphys, whitneys, from farm fresh to community pride, manhattan, k's, and so many others. wow.

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  3. You're welcome! Thanks to both of you for sharing your memories. I don't think I have too many other Southside Plaza pics, but I'll check.

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  4. I would like to locate a lee griffith who was a hair stylist at La Vogue in south side plaza in 1959. k9fritz1rpd@yahoo.com, first name unknown

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  5. The photographer would have been in front of Sears, with Sears on his right. Obviously Christmastime, since you can see Santa's little hut at the intersection of the two wings of the center. It was definitely taken in the 1960's, because it became part of the City on January 1, 1970, and that's a Chesterfield County police officer in the picture. It was an absolute traffic nightmare getting in and out of the place during those days. A 40 acre parking lot jammed full of cars going every which way.

    Sort of a historic fact was that the Southside Plaza ABC store (still there), was the first ABC store in Chesterfield County when it opened in 1957. And, like Willow Lawn, both centers were built about one or two blocks outside of the city limits (lower taxes, but close enough to pay Richmond to extend water and sewer lines), both were anchored by Giant Food stores (the Giant from D.C./Maryland), and both were developed by interests affiliated with the Cohen family that owned Giant at the time.

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  6. I am trying to compile a list of all the "original" stores, included in the "Plaza". I have 22 on my list at present, but I know there were more. Southside Plaza, was THE place to be! It was a big thing, for the kids growing up in Chesterfield County. I wish it could be restored to its original beauty! I am glad it is still there, though! I want it all back!

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  7. What a fantastic picture wish I could have seen it back in the day I do have a Fantastic business which is called Solange spa which is located at 601 East Southside Plaza right behind Radio Shack. Massages are starting at $25 for 1/2 hour and $40 for one hour. Stop by and see me or call 231 1799. Bring in class to the Plaza.

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    1. Supposed to be bringing class back to the plaza

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  8. I remeber going there with my grand parents. Then, in the early 70's my mom took me there to see RICKY NELSON AND THE STONE CANYON BAND. They played a free show in the parking lot. Does anyone know the exact date of this. Please let me know. joefjones@comcast.net

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    1. Ricky Nelson free concert with 1979 I was in 10th grade at Manchester High School I was there with my elbows on the stage

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  9. And other than RICKY NELSON, I remember meeting Sailor Bob there. I still have the photo he signed.

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