I was born in 1970, around the time the mall was built. My grandparents would always tell me about going downtown to go shopping. when I was a kid, most of the stores had moved to the mall, and there was not many left in downtown Saginaw. I do remember shopping as a little kid at one store downtown that had that old school elevator with the metal cage and an operator to take you up or down, but I don’t remember the name or location of the store. I came across this photo of J C Penny on Washington and it hit me like a ton of bricks when I saw the building in the photo. looking at the building now, there still is the black granite and glass windows and doors, like the J C Penny I remember at Green Acres Plaza on State Street. It’s hard for me to imagine what downtown was like before the mall was built.
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