What West Jackson shopping center was once home to a drive-in Shoney’s? That would be Westland Plaza. Built in 1957, Westland Plaza was the 77,000 square foot home to retail stores such as McRae’s Department Store and Woolworth’s as well as two (yes, 2) grocery stores–Kroger and Jitney Jungle. A litany of other stores and local merchants were located throughout the development. The shopping center also featured a gigantic Christmas tree in its parking lot every holiday season.
In 2000, the center’s owners, Sterling Properties, renovated Westland Plaza’s facade with an investment of $2 million and a $183,500 facade grant from the City of Jackson. Today, the center features retailers such as McDade’s, Walgreen’s, Baskin Robbins, and Kool Smiles.
NOTE: A special thank you goes to Jimmy Flint for allowing us to use the above photo. The Westland Plaza Shoney’s Drive-In was built by Flint Brothers Construction Company. Thanks again Jimmy!