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Old 05-12-2011, 10:35 PM
 
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That was it! Smugglers Inn! I worked at Diamond's in the shoe dept in about '74 I think...I remember they gave S&H Greenstamps. Wasn't Miracle Mile a delicatessen? Was Brother's Hoffbrau in Park Central too? Can't remember. I know back in the late '60's I used to have a fabulous corn beef on rye w/ swiss and mustard and horseradish with a crisp pickle. Was that Miracle Mile? I've never had as good a cornbeef sandwich since...well maybe in NY but I paid $15 for the sandwich and good as it might be it wasn't worth that much.
It seems to me at Park Central Mall, Brothers Hoffbrau had a restaurant (next to Jutenhoops) at the south end of the mall. The restaurant at that end was either Guggy's or Brookshires, and later JCPenney would fill up that entire south strip.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:41 PM
 
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Here is the Sahara, later Ramada being built about 1955. Up and down, that's Phoenix downtown, you would think they could use run down areas for new buildings. I don't know about finding out about condemned properties, lots of times there is an auction for fixtures at first. I recall the Fleming building was torn down before anyone realized it, what a loss that was. This entire block along with three others were once owned by Hattie Mosher who lost the whole thing protesting property taxes. No one helped her. She also owned several buildings on Washington Street. She lived in the basement of an old vacant hotel with one light bulb.
When I was little, my mother and grandmother would talk about Hattie, walking the streets of Phoenix in her dressed to the nines clothes. Everyone knew of Hattie, she was a Phoenix legend.
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:19 AM
 
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It was indeed Vinton Manor. My high school friend's grandparents owned the motel and she and sisters worked there after school. I always give a big thanks to Ron Heberlee for the wonderful photo site at Acmeron. When I look at this photograph, I see the Firestone Building south of Osborn on the East side of Central...and the vacant lot just to the south of it. Later that lot would become the Southern AZ Bank Building which then became the home for Surety Savings and Loan where I worked. Just north of Firestone was a title company. Oh this brings back such memories. Thanks for the photo post.
I have that postcard so I made a better scan. It isn't very sharp because it is a screened lithograph.

How do you remember Phoenix? Stories from long time residents...-vinton.jpg
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Cache, OK (AZ Native)
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I have that postcard so I made a better scan. It isn't very sharp because it is a screened lithograph.

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The blue building (GB) is the very epitome of "modern" 1960s high-rise architecture. 40 miles south of me in Wichita Falls, TX is a near-replica. Looks cheesy now but as a kid the Central corridor was pretty impressive.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:11 AM
 
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the blue building (gb) is the very epitome of "modern" 1960s high-rise architecture. 40 miles south of me in wichita falls, tx is a near-replica. Looks cheesy now but as a kid the central corridor was pretty impressive.
How do you remember Phoenix? Stories from long time residents...-vinton2.jpg
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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Default Stores in June 1977

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The grocery stores were different too. There was Alpha Beta, Lucky's, and later came Smitty's and Fred Meyer. I think Alpha Beta later became ABCO, but I'm having trouble recalling the other chains in the area at the time.
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Smitty's was here before you were (1964). Some of the ABCO stores became Desert Market. There were still some AJ Bayless stores around in 1984, I think. Smith's and Albertson's had not arrived yet. Basha's, Fry's and Safeway were here in those days.
If any one is curious.

I compiled some stats from ads in the old newspapers from June of 1977.
Google News Archive Search

Store Name (## of locations that were listed in the Valley)

Grocery Stores
A&G (9) Bi-Lo, Madison Pay'N Takit, etc…
A.J. Bayless (32) *
Alpha Beta (13)
Bashas (19 )
Fry's (23)
Furr's (8)
Low Cost Discount Markets (15)
Lucky (17)
Neb's (2)
Safeway (??) ad but no locations
Smitty's (10)
Tang's (3)
Drug Stores
Revco (??) ad but no locations
Skaggs (15)
Super X (25)
Thrifty (20)
Walgreens (20)
Other
Angels (5)
Appliance TV City (4)
Brookshires (4)
Cancellation Shoes (5)
Carpetime (4)
FedMart ( 4 )
Globe (3)
JC Penny (4)
K-Mart (9)
LaBelle's (2)
Levitz (2)
Minuteman (1)
O'Malleys BMC(5)
Paddock Pools (5)
Southwest Savings (15)
the Warehouse (1)
Wards ( 4 )
Woolco ( 5 )
Yates (3)
Yellowfront (20)
* in June 1989 Bayless announced it would sell it's remaining 10 stores.

I worked at Fry's & AJ Bayless back in 1963 & 1964
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Maricopa County, AZ
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If any one is curious.

I compiled some stats from ads in the old newspapers from June of 1977.
Google News Archive Search

Store Name (## of locations that were listed in the Valley)

Grocery Stores
A&G (9) Bi-Lo, Madison Pay'N Takit, etc…
A.J. Bayless (32) *
Alpha Beta (13)
Bashas (19 )
Fry's (23)
Furr's (8)
Low Cost Discount Markets (15)
Lucky (17)
Neb's (2)
Safeway (??) ad but no locations
Smitty's (10)
Tang's (3)
Drug Stores
Revco (??) ad but no locations
Skaggs (15)
Super X (25)
Thrifty (20)
Walgreens (20)
Other
Angels (5)
Appliance TV City (4)
Brookshires (4)
Cancellation Shoes (5)
Carpetime (4)
FedMart ( 4 )
Globe (3)
JC Penny (4)
K-Mart (9)
LaBelle's (2)
Levitz (2)
Minuteman (1)
O'Malleys BMC(5)
Paddock Pools (5)
Southwest Savings (15)
the Warehouse (1)
Wards ( 4 )
Woolco ( 5 )
Yates (3)
Yellowfront (20)
* in June 1989 Bayless announced it would sell it's remaining 10 stores.

I worked at Fry's & AJ Bayless back in 1963 & 1964
Revco took over the Ryan-Evans Drug Store chain, I believe.

While the list is not absolute, I noticed El Rancho Super Markets missing.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:33 PM
 
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Default oops. sorry.

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You can see the fence where Penney's is about to be built.



Washington and 4th Ave in 1958.

This is 2nd Street and Washington. I see a Chrysler 300, powerful car but maintenance problems.

Dang! How could I get that so screwed up? Thanks Roosevelt.
We can always count on you.
Im going to to bang my head on the wall now.
Back later.

Embarrassed Willie.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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Default 3300 N. Central

Then & Now.
Just a few minor changes.

Simpler times.
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Cache, OK (AZ Native)
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What was the blue building in the postcard with "GB" as the name. Asked a Xavier grad (school visible in the distance) but she didn't know.
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