Thursday, April 23, 2009

Shoreway Shopping Center: stand by for the wrecking bal!

Soon, the City of Sheffield Lake will begin to demolish a portion of the Shoreway Shopping Center. It's a good time to look back at its history.
   According to an article in the Lorain Journal, the $1,250,000 Shoreway Shopping Center originally opened on Thursday, October 2, 1958. Mayor Frank Duguid cut the ribbon as part of opening ceremonies. A fireworks display that evening was under the direction of Fire Chief Peter Cifranic.
   At the time of its opening, the shopping center housed 14 stores including a Foodtown grocery store, the first in the area. The store included a pie-making oven that allowed shoppers to watch the pies being baked.
   The climax of the grand opening festivities was an Ox Roast at the shopping center, sponsored by the Sheffield Lake Kiwanis Club on Oct. 9, 10 and 11.
   Sheffield Lake acquired the shopping center in 2008.

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