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  • Saturday, September 24, 2005

    Defunct Peoria, IL Businesses From the 1970's & 1980's

    Chad's Crispy Chicken (Lincoln Ave. & Laramie Ave area across from Madison Park as well as Sterling Ave. by Northwoods Mall & Westlake0

    Eric's Great Steaks (University Ave. near the old K-Mart location)

    Miracle Mart (home improvement store near the old K-mart on Glen Ave.)

    Green Drugs - On Glen Ave by Miracle Mart

    Belscot (Belscott?) - Department store near the location of Walmart on University

    A & P Grocery Store - Next to Green Drugs at the intersection of University and Glen, this site (with some remodeling) would later be the Outlet Clothing Store, an Osco, and finally a Salvation Army Thrift Store location today.

    Barnaby's Restaurant - Pioneer Park on University

    Pantera's Pizza - Pioneer Park off University

    Banana's - long-defunct bar that went into the old Pantera's location, it would later be Jimmy the Saint's and then a relocated Webb's pub)

    Famous Recipe Fried Chicken (various locations)

    Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips (University Ave.)

    Mister Donut (numrous locations)

    Del-Farm (grocery store near Glen & War Memorial)

    Randall's (grocery store in West Lake)

    Farrell's (ice cream restaurant in Northwoods Mall)

    Garcia's (pizza restaurant in Northwoods Mall)

    Nino's Steakhouse (metro centre)

    Venture (department store on Sheridan across from Sheridan Village)

    Lum's (restaurant with numerous locations - the Sheridan Village location would later house a Lou Malnati's pizzeria then Coconuts Music & Video shop)

    Kresge (various locations including downtown and Sheridan Village)

    Thompson's (grocery store chain with various locations including University, Sheridan, & Knoxville)

    Betas to the Max (1980's video store specializing in Beta tapes)

    Fogler's Variety (Knoxville) and Prospect Variety (Sterling) - Variety stores, mostly toys.

    Fox Theater (on Brandywine near Northwoods Mall)

    Beverly Theatre (Knoxville & McClure)

    Palace Theater (Main Street)

    Mr. Steak (Scenic Dr. across from Northwoods Mall)

    Chi-Chi's Mexican Restaurant (near Westlake & Northwoods Mall)

    Dixie Manor (restaurant on Glen in Rolling Acres)

    Bishop's Buffet (downtown on Washington near the old Sears location)

    Chantilly Lace (oldies dance club on University in Pioneer Park)

    Orange Julius (restaurant in Northwoods Mall)

    The Skewer Inn (restaurant in Northwoods Mall did not survive a 1983 botulism outbreak)

    Murphy's Mart & Murray's (department stores with various locations including near University & War Memorial and Water Street near downtown)

    John Bee (grocery store, various locations)

    Ben Schartz (grocery store on Sheridan)


    Blogger patti said...

    Couple others: Arlin's I think was where WMBD is right now and ARDAN"s you needed a card to show to get in and it was kind of where Blockbusters on Univertsity. Spartan's was around the location of Hobby Lobby. These do go back to the '60's early 70's. They were all department stores.

    6:43 PM  
    Blogger debbie said...

    big johns bbq, ponderosa, bonanza, burlington coat factory, poison apple, second chance, cohens, foxmoor . . .what was the name of the bar inside northwoods mall for a while?

    3:20 PM  
    Blogger bourmb said...

    Bar in NW Mall: Diamond Daves

    6:25 PM  
    Blogger Kim Kouski said...

    Oh my!! I remember most of the places on the list, mostly the Palace Theater where my friend and I stood in line for 3 hours to see the second Star Wars movie. i also remember Prospect Variety, where my dad took me when he wanted me to 'be quiet.' LOL!! great memories.

    4:32 PM  
    Blogger Unknown said...

    The first bar in NW mall was called the Art Gallery

    5:19 PM  
    Blogger 1968flh said...

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    5:42 PM  
    Blogger 1968flh said...

    Green Drugstore had a good fountain - cherry cola my fav. I was a stock boy at Miracle Mart from 66-68. What a fun place to work. Mr. Griminger was my last boss. Phone a Feast was a cool eatery, and so was the Chad's on Main St. - fish and chicken. Moved to Denver in '84 and Shakey's was in business for a few years out here. Yummy potato slices were a good side to a good pizza. Ah, the days of old.

    5:48 PM  
    Blogger Captain P Funk said...

    Bar in the Mall was the Art Gallery. Suzy Boggus used to play there

    12:31 PM  
    Blogger Mark Williams said...

    How about Murray's, Grants, The Midget Studio, Jokers Wild, Showbiz, K's Merchandise, Dodd's bakery, The Orange Bowl, Thumpers, KC Legends, the Fox Theatre, and John Bees.

    10:34 AM  
    Blogger vicknparadise said...

    Phar Mor, Cardinal's Roost, Cock-doodle-doo, Leonardo's,

    7:29 AM  
    Blogger Dennis S Hood said...

    I was Manager of the downtown Woolworth's store from 1973 to 1975. Although I actually lived in Morton, I loved downtown Peoria, all the people and the girls that worked so faithfully at the store. I was later transferred to Keokuk IA but have never forgotten Peoria.

    4:47 PM  
    Blogger Dennis S Hood said...

    I was Manager of the downtown Woolworth's store from 1973 to 1975. Although I actually lived in Morton, I loved downtown Peoria, all the people and the girls that worked so faithfully at the store. I was later transferred to Keokuk IA but have never forgotten Peoria.

    4:48 PM  
    Blogger NSS said...

    What was the gift store on Galena Road? I think it was something like Back Door store????

    6:02 PM  
    Blogger Chad Rickey said...

    Bishop's buffet

    6:04 PM  
    Blogger Robert Davis JR said...

    Chads also had a place on Main. Between Steak n shake and Sheridan Liqueurs.

    6:31 PM  
    Blogger John Hahn said...

    The art gallery

    4:42 AM  
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    4:43 AM  
    Blogger John Hahn said...

    Sons of Britches, the book emporium, orange Julius, red carpet convenience store on Big Hollow road. National food

    4:48 AM  
    Blogger David E. said...

    Schradsky's Men's wear at Sheridan Village.

    5:57 AM  
    Blogger David E. said...

    Boar's Head Restaurant on N. Knoxville, Co-Op Tapes and Records, Main Street and near Venture.

    6:00 AM  
    Blogger Timothy Dill said...

    A few additions:1)You were right at first it was Belscot with one "t" 2) Del-Farm (grocery store near Glen & War Memorial) started out as National Foods then became DelFarm 3) Fox Theatre was only a single screen theatre and was torn down and replaced with the Draw Bridge Restaurant. Later, near the same site they built a Cheddars Restaurant (Gourmet Burgers) 4) Dixie Manor (restaurant on Glen in Rolling Acres) was originally a freestanding wood frame structure much closer to Glen Ave and called Dixie Cafe. It was torn down and replaced with the brick structure people recognize as Dixie Manor The Gift Box was also part of that group of stores, a little toy and sundry store popular mostly for it's candy counter. 5) And finally Ben Schwartz has a "w" in the name, probably just a typo. I worked at Ben Schwartz for probably ten years then moved out of state. I'd love to know what happened to the business. Ben's son Joel Schwartz and son-n-law Joe Lebau ran it when I worked there. Another not mentioned was Haberkorn Ace Hardware. Paul Haberkorn started the Ace Hardware first on McClure Ave in the old Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store. It's still an Ace Hardware under different ownership now. Paul later sold that store to his son-in-law Lisenby Ace when he moved the store to the location on North Knoxville into the old Ben Schwartz Grocery Store Building which was originally a SuperValu store and is now I think a furniture store. Meanwhile, the flagship Ben Schwartz Store on North Sheridan is torn down and is now a Walgreens. Thanks, Tim (

    9:10 PM  
    Blogger Timothy Dill said...

    The first comment mentions Spartan Store. Spartan was a K-Mart style store that later became Belscot and much later Widmers Office Supplies and Thompson's Food Basket. Burlington Coat Factory remodeled the building that was originally the Sealtest Dairy Plant of all things.

    9:21 PM  
    Blogger Normgriffin79 said...

    Children's Palace was a wonderful store as a kid with bright colors and toys to the ceiling. Located where Office Max and a Bookstore are now across from the old Venture or more recently former Kmart. Also miss Garcia's Pizza in Northwoods mall and Aladdan's Castle Video Game Arcade

    2:58 AM  
    Blogger Peter M. Fitzpatrick said...

    had some wonderful times in downtown Peoria when growing up, going from the original Bergners, where the warm air vents would woosh up from the floor grails at the entry during winter. Then across to the Carson Pirie Scott, to the downstairs toy store in Grants, then to Hobby Models to buy a plastic model airplane kit. Midget Studios sold liquor-flavored candies and if you needed a new cheap paperback, the Book Emporium was a warm and inviting place to get one. The mall began to spell doom for downtown businesses, and the only place today that evokes those days when I visit, is the downtown Jim's Steakhouse during Christmas time.

    10:46 AM  
    Blogger Paul Mihelic said...

    Anyone else remember Playback the electronic playground

    12:39 PM  
    Blogger Robert Conger said...

    There used to be an Australian themed steak house in West Lake Shopping Center similar to the Outback Restaurant on Brandywine, now also closed. Anyone remember its name?

    6:47 PM  

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