Farewell, Valley View Center: 15 things we'll remember about you

As Valley View Center continues its long goodbye , it might feel like a little piece of your childhood is slipping away. Demolition has started on the once-bustling mall, which was built in 1973 in North Dallas.

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1973- An aerial view

This aerial view was shot May 19, 1973. Be sure to look for the Sanger-Harris department store.

1978- When the Christmas shopping kickoff looked like this


On Nov. 24, 1978, shoppers packed the food court at Valley View.

1982- If you waited patiently at Jarman, you could go to Baskin-Robbins

In 1982, Valley View featured Jarman, Bombay Company, Baskin Robbins, Burger Express and more.

1983- Stopping at the counter here

In 1983, Bloomingdale's in Valley View had a diner.

1984- Sassy mannequins at the Sears store

The mannequins struck serious poses at the entrance to Sears in Valley View in 1984.

1985- When you could finally shop there on Sundays

In 1985, a sign at Valley View reminded shoppers about the new Sunday hours. That's the year when Gov. Mark White approved a repeal of the blue law, which banned selling 42 categories of merchandise on consecutive Saturdays and Sundays (this pretty much amounted to a Sunday shopping ban).

1993- These outfits were in a fashion show

Was that guy wearing shorts over sweatpants? Whatever was happening, the models were happy at the Fashion Focus '93 Show and Luncheon held at the Foley's Valley View store in 1993.

1997- That time they had the world's largest popcorn ball


Amanda Adams got a little help from her big brother Kyle Adams to place some popcorn onto the world's largest popcorn ball. The ball was at Valley View for area boy scouts and cub scouts to add to it. Dallas was one of 50 stops in the U.S. and Canada. At this point the ball is estimated to weigh 6,000 pounds.

1997- That red-and-white floor at Gadzooks


In 1997, Sarah Fitzgerald and Paige DeWees, both 15, got help from sales associate Andrea Jackson,16, while shopping at Gadzooks store at Valley View in Dallas.

1998- When your mom called the babysitter for more shopping time, but you weren't even mad because you knew she went to KB Toys

(Left to right) Carlene Knebel waited while friend Kathy Fox spoke to their babysitter on her phone at Valley View Center. The were asking the sitter for more time in order to complete their search for gifts.

2003- Playing at the Dallas Children's Museum on the second floor

In 2003, Koreyci Barreto, a student a Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts danced with children at the Dallas Children's Museum at Valley View Center mall. Barreto was teaching the children African dances as part of the museum's Wonderful Wednesday progra

2004- Back-to-school fashion looked like this

Left to right: Miguel Vasquez, Yordanos Melake, Fifi Russom, Sofia Russom, Chelse Ross and Courtne Ross were among the subjects of a back-to-school photo roundup in 2004.

2004- When the AMC theater was new


In 2004, participants in Mrs. G's Book Club from "The Dallas Morning News" prepared to watch the movie "Ella Enchanted", which was a book club selection, at the new AMC theater.

2008- Telling Santa how old you were

In 2008, Brayden Kaplan, 4, visited with Santa the weekend before Thanksgiving.

2016- The mural on the old Sanger-Harris building

In 2016, Phil Ritter took pictures of the mural designed by architect Brenda Stubel on the old Sanger-Harris building at Valley View.

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