May 2012 update: Blog post was originally published Sept. 2010. I could only recover two photos from 2010. The rest are from 2012. It looks like the Golden Valley Shopping Center got a paint job since I last visited, but other than that, it’s pretty much the same. Enjoy the updated photos!
Comin’ atcha from the 1950′s, a time when women actually stayed in the kitchen, is the Golden Valley Shopping Center. Built in the 1950′s, the Golden Valley Shopping Center was one of the Twin Cities’ first strip malls. Oddly enough, it’s still standing with most of its spaces rented out, despite all the redevelopment in this area off of Highway 55.
The architecture might say malt shoppes and saddle shoes, but the stores are your average 2010′s strip mall tenants.
Today’s tenants include:
Down in the Valley: A used CD store that I’ve never been in. Never mind the fact that I haven’t bought a CD since 2001 (Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers, if you must know), I won’t shop here because I feel like I need to drive a van with smoke coming through the windows and be a regular reader of the City Pages and not wash my hair in order to fit in at this place.
Curves for Women
Jimmy Johns: I had to shop here to get a Turkey Tom (hold the mayo) when I was here…their sandwich artists get a little too mayo-happy and they don’t offer a low-fat mayo option. The sandwich was fast, but I didn’t freak. It’s almost disturbing how fast they make the sandwiches. This place also seems to have a hipster attitude, with the dumb fake retro signs and loud music. It’s asandwich shop, why the need to be trendy? Anyway, at least I can leave here without an offensive smell absorbing in my clothes (Subway, I am looking at you).
Ace Hardware: How does this place stay in business? Ace is the Place for high prices.
Lui’s Chow Mien, a used sporting goods shop, an auto parts store and a few other forgettable tenants make the rest of the Golden Valley Shopping Center store lineup.
The only former tenant I know of was a Red Owl grocery store, and Schuler Shoes. Schuler Shoes only recently went out of business–it would’ve had to have been sometime this year.
Apparently, there was a movie theater around here and a few gas stations. You can see some old pictures on this PDF document from the City of Golden Valley. Don’t get too excited; it’s nothing worth peeing your pants over. The pictures are tiny, and you can’t see much. If you’re looking for some light reading material, feel free to read about the boring tax details and redevelopment history included in the document.
Lemme level with ‘ya–I don’t have much else to say about this mall. No memories getting pinned by a boy in the parking lot or having sex in the back of a ’57 Chevy outside the Red Owl while listening to Rock Around the Clock. Every time I drive by this place, I’m always amazed that something like this is still here without getting modernized. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad something like this is still here. It’s just odd that it IS here, ya know? I mean, it still has flags on the top of the building! After doing research on dead malls, I guess putting flags on the top of strip malls was a trend back in the day.
Most photos taken May 2012