This sad little strip mall is all but abandoned, save for the for-profit college holding down the fort. Today it looks more like an abandoned office park, but back in the day, this was all retail. There’s not a whole lot goin’ on here.
This strip mall was built in 1986, coinciding with the opening of the Target store located in the back of this strip mall. Next door, there is soon-to-be-closed Best Buy (soon as in this week — and yes, Dumpy Strip Malls is on it!). Across the street lies Davanni’s Pizza and the Big Lots/Slumberland combo (the old Kmart – check out the post here).
Back in the day, Brookview Plaza did hold a few tenants, but it always seemed had a vacant spot or two. This strip mall never did quite catch on.
It used to be a brick structure with blue accents until it was remodeled in 2003. Whoever did the remodeling decided to take a shortcut and not bother with the side of the building:
Some of the tenants I remember:
F&M: This opened in March 1990. At one point in the late 80′s/early ’90s, there seemed to be a boom of giant drugstores. Drug Emporium and F&M were the major players in Minnesota (maybe there were more chains? I don’t know. I was like 11. Brooklyn Park/Center was my entire world). These super drugstores were larger than a Walgreens but smaller than a Target. I loved both of these stores, especially as I grew into my later teen years and had my own money from my McDonalds job and became interested in makeup. Both of these stores had a great selection of makeup and it was cheaper than buying it elsewhere. Like many teen girls, I’d spend some of my hard-earned McMoney on drugstore makeup and would spend hours carefully applying it to my face. Of course, all that hard work would no doubt melt off my face later on that day in the heat of the McDonald’s grill area, as I staged trays of Big Macs and Arch Deluxes for the dinner rush. By the end of my shift, I looked like the Dark Knight version of the Joker.
They also offered an extensive movie theater candy selection for $1/box. I’d always buy a box of Milk Duds, even though 9 times out of ten, the chocolate would be half-melted and stuck to the box and I’d have to spank the bottom to get it out.
This F&M store went out of business sometime in the mid ’90s. Then, I believe Office Max moved into the old F&M space, although my memory could be wrong. They both might’ve occupied space in this mall at the same time.
Drug Emporium was located over in the nearby Brookdale Square shopping center and hung on until 2001, when Snyders Drug bought the chain and shut down all stores.
Designer Depot: This clothing store didn’t last long — maybe a few months. It opened when the strip mall opened in 1986. I believe it was an off-price retailer, resembling a TJ Maxx/Marshalls. I’ll be shocked if someone else remembers it. I’m surprised *I* even remember it, being that I was only 7 or 8 when it was around. I remember it because my mom bought me a pair of pink Moon Boots there, which to every ’80s child, is clearly a defining moment in life.
Shop NBC: A call center for this Eden Prairie-based home shopping channel was located in this strip mall for several years. So if you ever ordered a Lady Di doll, a tunic-and-leggings set or some semi-precious, multi-faceted costume jewelry set you saw on a cable TV shopping channel, your call could’ve been routed to an agent working at this strip mall. Fascinating.
Brown College: The Brooklyn Center campus of this for-profit school is currently located in this strip mall.
Other than that, I can’t remember anything else. Have you got any dirt on this strip mall?
Photos taken June 2012: