Jun 26, 2024

Just Listen To The Music Of The Traffic In The City

Hazleton Shopping Center
Broad Street - Hazleton, PA  (1960)
The ground broke on this retail center in downtown Hazleton on September 11th, 1956 and was completed and open the following year.  By the time this photo was taken in the 1960's, the businesses in this strip mall included Sears, McCrory's, Acme Supermarket, Hazleton National Bank, J.S. Raub Shoes, Jacob's Candy Store, and Rea & Derrick Drugstore where my grandmother worked when I was a kid.  Most of these places were still in business when I was growing up in the 80's.  The shopping center is still there, but it doesn't look too much like this these days. [source: Rotogravure: A Hazleton History]