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Looking Back: More on Valley North Mall

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The Valley North Shopping Center has certainly brought back lots of memories for many of you!

I want to thank everyone for your phone calls, email and online posts sharing your recollections of the mall.

If you missed it, check out Looking Back: Valley North Mall, from Aug. 9; and Valley North Mall: Shopping Center First Opened 46 Years Ago, from Aug. 17.

It was apparent that the Karmel Korn and Hol'n One Donut shops were the top spots for many of you seeking a special treat and the Mandarin was a great place to grab a meal, while others recalled a favorite clothing store such as Robinson's, the Anita Shop or the Tree House.

And most everyone remembered the Pizza Inn!

We also shouldn't forget some of the local businesses that were involved in the construction and furnishing of Valley North. They included Norris Floor Coverings, Brownson Lumber Co., Consolidated TV Cable Co., J.N. Vail Co. Roofing and Sheet Metal, Graves & Burke Inc. Excavation, Morrill Asphalt Paving Co., Columbia Concrete Pipe Co., and the list goes on.

H. Halvorson, Inc., was the general contractor and Fraley & Leighton was the architectural firm.

I'd like to take this time to spotlight just a couple of more stores from the mall that I didn't mention the first time:


After 17 years in the clothing business, Bob Olson (at right, in the photo) decided it was time to open a store of his own.

The idea became reality with the opening of the Town Squire men's store at Valley North. Olson was in partnership with Dr. E.V. Hansen.

Featured men's apparel lines included Duncan Park, Jayson and Bently.

Olson picked a slogan for the store that he believed best represented its early American decor and the clothing.

"Fashion in a traditional setting," he said. "This is a good description of the place."

The back section of the store, decorated with a colonial brick fireplace, had an accessories section which he said was the "most complete in Wenatchee."

Allen Jones (at left, in the photo), assisted Olson in managing the store.


One of the most complete coin-operated laundries in Wenatchee opened in advance of the official start of Valley North and proved to be an early success.

The Valley North Laundercenter was owned by John Parkhill and managed by Carl Spurgeon (in the photo).

The facility featured 16 double-load washing machines, six single-load machines and one 30-pound capacity washer for bed spreads and sleeping bags. There were also 10 dryers and a spin dryer — to dry clothes without heat.

Thanks for the memories of Valley North, everyone, and please keep sharing!