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Trenholm Plaza, then and .. then: 1964, 1970   16 comments

Posted at 2:02 am in business

As usual, I got to the library about 5 minutes before closing time, and was trying to look up several things. One of them was old City Directory listings for Trenholm Plaza. In the event, I got two, one for 1964, when I would have been three years old, and perhaps dimly conscious that we were going to the same places a lot, and one from 1970 when I would have been nine years old, and looking forward to Western Auto visits to window shop at all the "hobby batteries" and bicycles.

I'm pretty sure Trenholm Plaza was a golf course not too many years before 1964, so that wave of stores is probably pretty close to the original list:

While many of those stores lasted for years, the USPO is the only original tenant left.

There are a lot of hold-overs in 1970, but a good bit of turnover as well:

Interestingly (to me), I can't for the life of me recall a Gene's Pig 'n Chick in Trenholm Plaza at all, and I would have thought it would have stuck in my mind. I don't recall those dentists either, and in fact am a little surprised by seeing non-retail there.

Of these TP stores, I've done closings for:

A&P (sort of)

Edisto Farms Dairy

Liggett Rexal

Standard (Federal)

Tapps Twig (sort of)

UPDATE 11 October 2013: Look at this great 1979 picture of Trenholm Plaza. Be sure to zoom all the way in, and pan around. Thanks to commenter Dennis for finding this!

Written by ted on November 2nd, 2010

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  1. Dr. Salter was my dentist when I was a kid. I started seeing him around 1982-1983, but by then he had moved behind Trenholm Plaza to Monckton Blvd. His office is still there, and I thought his son had taken over, but the current listings are for Richard Salter Jr, so it may be his grandson? Dr. Salter was fairly old when I was going there nearly 30 years ago...

    Weston

    2 Nov 10 at 7:27 am

  2. Edens and Avant completed a facelift on Trenholm Plaza recently but a lot of the details were never clear to me except for the article I've linked to...

    Andrew

    2 Nov 10 at 3:38 pm

  3. Interesting. Of course it wasn't a "win/win" for the businesses forced out..

    ted

    2 Nov 10 at 4:02 pm

  4. I think the dentists were in a seperate building next to Standard Savings. I don't recall the Pig & Chick either, but I don't see Ponderosa Steak House listed. Wonder if it could have been a 'doing buisness as" or D.B.A. situation?

    Tom

    2 Nov 10 at 5:27 pm

  5. I thought the Trenholm Plaza remodel was going to add a multi stories to the building where Hooligans is.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    2 Nov 10 at 6:40 pm

  6. Thanks for the article. I could never remember the name of the delicatessen, but I remember that it had good pastrami sandwiches.

    Jim

    2 Nov 10 at 9:46 pm

  7. @Tom: I think Ponderosa came in after 1964 and burned down before 1970. It was more or less where Chipolte is.

    @CDG: The article Andrew linked mentions that the original plan was to tear down the Holligan's wing and build new, but that got deep-sixed by the arrival of the economic collapse and they opted to re-model instead.

    ted

    2 Nov 10 at 10:11 pm

  8. Three of the stores have the letters 'clo' after them. Anyone know what this stands for?

    Terry Edwards

    4 Nov 10 at 2:38 am

  9. It appears to me that if a store's name does not make obvious what it sells, they put a short description in lower case after the name, Ie: "Jorj Galleries art gallery", or "Rose's Stores Inc dept store"

    My assumption is that "clo" would be "clothing".

    ted

    4 Nov 10 at 2:48 am

  10. I just noticed the old alpine and sunset prefixes on some of the telephone numbers in the 1964 directory. That takes me back.

    Jim

    4 Nov 10 at 7:50 pm

  11. Take a look here and here to see the old prefixes fully deployed.

    ted

    4 Nov 10 at 8:49 pm

  12. I found some old stationery of my grandfather's that showed his telephone number as 4-3539. Later it became AL4-3539.

    Jim

    6 Nov 10 at 5:41 pm

  13. Dr. Salter's office was in that same out-parcel where Humphries' Barber Shop, the book store and Ed. Robinson was.
    Mt father worked at Humphrise from about 1964-1972 when we moved to Chapin and he opened his own shop. Dad has the chair, either right by the window, or the next one in, not entirely sure

    Jim R

    13 Feb 12 at 10:21 pm

  14. Loved buying shoe's at Garber's- you always got a silver shoe with candy and a whistle. Tapp's Twig (CLO for clothing) was opened late on Thursday and I would plead with my mother to take me shopping there on Thursday night!
    Have two scars from the A&P. Had my first grade b-day party at the Editsto Ice cream ( I remember my ballerina cake) and
    my first checking account was at Standard Savings and Loan.
    Yes, TP is a different place, sans the post office

    eleanor boyd

    10 Aug 12 at 2:40 pm

  15. The Forest Acres Post Office is the only original tenant at Trenholm Plaza

    Andrew

    10 Aug 12 at 7:57 pm

  16. Folks, check out this great 1979 picture Dennis found!

    Be sure to zoom all the way in and pan around.

    ted

    10 Oct 13 at 11:37 pm

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