From the Archives: Parkway Plaza opened in 1972

Parkway Plaza opened in October 1972 as the first air-conditioned, enclosed shopping mall in San Diego County.It was a $30 million retail developme...

October 6, 2022
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Parkway Plaza opened in October 1972 as the first air-conditioned, enclosed shopping mall in San Diego County.It was a $30 million retail development on 80 acres in El Cajon. Its 'anchors' were a two-story, 285,000-square-foot Sears store and a 110,000-square-foot May Co. store. A hundred small retailers and a large Woolworth's store separated the two anchors.According to the center's administrators in 1972, the typical customer expected at the Parkway Plaza shopping center was 'a 27-year-old housewife with one child and a husband who earned about $11,000 a year.

Merrie Monteagudo