WESTerday Trivia Answer: Westland Plaza

Shoney's Drive-In at Westland Plaza (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Flint)

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!

7 Comments on WESTerday Trivia Answer: Westland Plaza

  1. Anyone remember a lawn and garden shop at Westland? I can’t remember the name of it.

  2. Such a drastic change there over the years for the worse. I remember the big Christmas tree being lit up every year. I remember going in the Woolworth’s with Mawmaw. They even had a nice deli bar in there with bar stools. I grew up in the Georgetown District, Huron Street from 1975 till 1989. And yes I am white, but that is another story for another day.

  3. Lloyd Blackmon // January 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm // Reply

    Anyone remember the name of the fish market located in Westland Plaza.. It was in a separate building and I believe there was a pizza restaurant in the same building.

  4. I remember when SKY KING came to westland plaza

  5. I was searching for the name of the fish market when I found this page. It was called something like Castigliola, or something similar. Very clean place as I remember as a kid.

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