Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | December 11, 2015

Photographs of the Week. Woolco Cornwall and the Brookdale Mall

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Prior to the Brookdale Mall – 1960s.

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Ca. 1968, prior to the Rotary Circle flag pole and gardens.


Woolco opened at the Brookdale Mall, on August 28, 1968 and grew into one of the chain’s most successful stores.  It was acquired by WalMart in 1994.


Woolco, Cornwall, late 1960s.




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The Mall in 1988.

At one time the Brookdale Mall was the largest shopping centre in Cornwall complete with restaurants and movie theatres.  The Mall opened in 1968 and expanded in 1980 doubling the number of tenants from 20 to 40.

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Businesses that celebrated 25 years of business in the Mall in 1993 included Goddard Upper Valley Bookshop, He and She Hairstyling, Miss Cornwall Restaurant, the Squire Shop and Woolco.Brookdale Mall_Anniv Cake WM

Mall maintenance staff placed a mall anniversary cake in one of the mobile kiosks.

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Pete Valade began his Radio Shack career at the original Brookdale Mall location ca. 1981, later moving to the newer second Cornwall store location at the Cornwall Square.

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The above photo was taken in the stock room of Brookdale Mall’s Shopper’s Drug Mart store in the mid-1980s. Carole Parisien delivered a singing telegram to store receiver, Francis, on his birthday. The singing telegram business was Carole’s sideline; she worked for her parents at the mall’s Parisien Fashions. Some SDM co-workers look on.

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Western Days at the Brookdale Mall. Radio Shack’s Don Smith poses with Agnew Shoe store staff.

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Customer Laurie Saucier poses inside the Brookdale Mall ca. 1982.

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Some beef cake for the ladies – a mall employee and helpers stand guard during one of the mall’s annual Jelly Jump events. Mall customers and visitors could obtain sealed cards from merchants. A percentage of the cards were “winners” meaning that the recipient could “Jelly Jump” into a swimming pool full of refrigerated gelatin in search of a numbered puck which corresponded to one of several prizes. Doesn’t that sound like fun! Note the international food court to the left.

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Among those in the CJSS radio booth are Keith Clingen and mall manager Doe Dube.

Some of these photographs and documents are from the Archives of your Cornwall Community Museum and are available for viewing along with thousands of others during opening hours throughout the year. Many of the interior photos are from the albums of Don Smith.


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