It took nineteen years for the Franklin Park Mall to go from idea to reality before it finally opened in July, 1971.
A spectacular fire in May of 1975 brought down the Tiedtke’s building at Summit and Adams. But what brought Tiedtke’s, the business, down?
On the same day in 1972, two Toledo institutions announce plans to close their venerable doors.
Home to several landmark Toledo businesses in its 50-year heyday, The Colony Shopping Center was also know to catch on fire – a lot. Finally in 2013, what was left of The Colony was torn down.
When it comes to retail in Toledo, the Franklin Park Mall churns on like a juggernaut, The Andersons is a powerhouse, Southwyck is gone entirely, but Westgate is a shadow of its former self.
Long before Franklin Park, there was Franklin Ice Cream.
A kid growing up in the Toledo’s Old Orchard neighborhood – and probably a wider area – in the 60s and 70s could find no better place in the world than Kenwood Pharmacy.