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Old 06-02-2010, 04:28 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The mall also had a "sidewalk" sale every Sunday. Except, it was more like a flea market with outsiders coming in and selling their used stuff. Bought a lot of stamps from an old man out there. I think many if these people actually started the antique flea market-like shop in the old furniture store across the parking lot from the mall.
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:35 PM
 
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Does anyone remember the dime store in Colonies North mall? It was Winn's, I believe. That's when you could actually walk inside the small mall and end up in handy Andy on the other end.
Yes, I remember the Winn's store at Colonies North. It was at the Wurzbach end of the mall. It was there until about 1993. I also remember Whole Foods debuted in San Antonio at the former Colonies North Handy Andy location. They later moved to the Quarry Marketplace.
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:41 PM
 
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Wow, that's cool that somebody else remembers it. I remember getting Icee's there at the Winn's. I think there was a pet store store that sold lots of tropical fish in there, too... maybe. That Handy Andy gave me my first legit job after I stopped working at Bluebonnet Ranch at Huebner and Fredericksburg Rd. behind the cemetary. Now there's an apartment complex or something back there.

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Old 06-02-2010, 06:00 PM
 
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Default Yep, I remember the Colonies North Mall,

In fact I worked at the self-serve shoe store in the mall part-time when I was a kid, stocking the racks. I believe it was called shoe town.
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Does anyone remember the dime store in Colonies North mall? It was Winn's, I believe. That's when you could actually walk inside the small mall and end up in handy Andy on the other end.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:34 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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In fact I worked at the self-serve shoe store in the mall part-time when I was a kid, stocking the racks. I believe it was called shoe town.
Back in 1971, I was assistant manager of the Cinematex (later Colonies North) Theatre at Colonies North Mall. The theatre did TERRIBLE business from the day it opened. When the Academy Award nominations came out, Santikos knew "Patton" was going to run away with most of the awards, and booked it into virtually all his theatres. We ended up with "Airport". Fortunately, we were the ONLY theatre running "Airport". We had our first sell out of that 504 seat theatre. We were feeling good, when a small fire broke out in the shoe store next door. We had to evacuate the theatre, and refund the ticket money! The Cinematex lasted only a few months after that. We closed, but Santikos took over the theatre in the summer of 1972, changing the name to the Colonies North.

The theatre NEVER did the business it should have. Santikos' deep pockets kept it alive longer than the patronage could have. It was one of my favorite theatres to see a show. It had a stage, the screen was curtained, and everything but the projection room was outfitted with the best equipment. It was the last single screen theatre built in San Antonio.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles California
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Back in 1971, I was assistant manager of the Cinematex (later Colonies North) Theatre at Colonies North Mall. The theatre did TERRIBLE business from the day it opened. When the Academy Award nominations came out, Santikos knew "Patton" was going to run away with most of the awards, and booked it into virtually all his theatres. We ended up with "Airport". Fortunately, we were the ONLY theatre running "Airport". We had our first sell out of that 504 seat theatre. We were feeling good, when a small fire broke out in the shoe store next door. We had to evacuate the theatre, and refund the ticket money! The Cinematex lasted only a few months after that. We closed, but Santikos took over the theatre in the summer of 1972, changing the name to the Colonies North.

The theatre NEVER did the business it should have. Santikos' deep pockets kept it alive longer than the patronage could have. It was one of my favorite theatres to see a show. It had a stage, the screen was curtained, and everything but the projection room was outfitted with the best equipment. It was the last single screen theatre built in San Antonio.
where was/is "colonies north" mall?
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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where was/is "colonies north" mall?
It's off of Wurzbach Rd near I-10. There's a Big Lots in it now and a chinese buffet. It is across the street from what used to be an Albertsons grocery.
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:34 PM
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I went to that mall a bunch in the early-mid seventies. I always got a strange feeling when I was inside. Can't explain it.
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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I remember the colonies when u could walk in the mall, it was the late 80's and winns and handy andy were still there.
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Old 06-03-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I remember the colonies when u could walk in the mall, it was the late 80's and winns and handy andy were still there.


There was also Sommers Drug Store, a barber shop, a Christian Science reading room,and other businesses that came and went.

Today the mall also sports an Office Depot, and an Auto Zone.
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