Miller Hill Mall Turns 40

Crowds fill Duluth’s Miller Hill Mall during its official grand opening on July 25, 1973. (News Tribune file photo)

As featured on the front page of the Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 News Tribune, Duluth’s Miller Hill Mall is turning 40 years old this year. The mall opened in stages, with the “official” grand opening in July 1973.

The mall has been featured in a number of past Attic posts, including several with photos from its opening year. Here are links to those posts:

Montgomery Ward store at the Miller Hill Mall, 1973

J.C. Penney store at the Miller Hill Mall, 1973 (Part 1)

J.C. Penney store at the Miller Hill Mall, 1973 (Part 2)

The buffeteria was one of the most popular places in the Montgomery Ward store at the Miller Hill Mall when this photo was taken in July 1973, four months after the store opened. (News Tribune file photo)

Here’s one more mall-related post:

Aerial view from 1979

And here are images of a couple articles from the mall’s grand opening (one article “jumps” to a second image); click on the images for a larger version:

Share your memories of the mall by posting a comment…

9 Responses

  1. Lianne

    My boss Debbie, the store manager at Schmitt Music, has worked at the mall since the day it opened. She served ice cream for a while, then got a job at Schmitt Music in 1974. She’s still there, come say hello!

  2. Katie Altrichter

    It’s so much fun to have come full circle from my Assistant Manager days in the 1990’s at Capezio, The Buckle, and County Seat. I couldn’t be more proud to be the General Manager of Mill Hill Mall today. We’ve made several improvements and added many new stores over the last two years and the TLC will continue as we make strides to make Miller Hill an even nicer place to shop!

  3. Jen

    The Miller Hill Mall is the entire reason my family calls the Northland “home”. In 1973, my father was asked to leave the Twin Cities to open the Robert Hall Clothing store at the new mall in Duluth. (It was the first store one the right of the main entrance – it has since been occupied by other businesses including the movie theater and Little Angie’s). While he left that business in 1975, my parents did not leave the area. They stayed to raise their family and now a third generation calls the Northland “home”.

  4. Cindy

    My first job in high school was working at Hickory Farms Of Ohio when the mall opened. I got the job because I walked in and shook hands with the person who would be my future boss. It took a bus transfer downtown to get there. It was pretty exciting being in the mall before the crowds were allowed in! (We still haven’t had rib eye steaks as great as the ones at Robin Hood!!!)

  5. Kathi

    It was a BIG deal going up to “The Miller Hill Mall” from Superior. If you were going, you’d ask others if they wanted to ride up there too. Loved all the stores; Monkey Wards (Montgomery Wards), JC Penney and Glass Block were the anchor stores. Then all the fun stores in the actual mall like Maurices, the 2 or 3 different shoe stores, Aladdin’s Castle, Helzberg Jewelery, Spencer Gifts, so many I can’t remember. Karmel Korn and Hickory Farmsin the middle of the corridor. There was a really good bakery in the mall, walking towards Montgomery Wards on the left. Wasn’t there a restaurant called Robin Hood?? I think they expenaded it in 1983, maybe that included Sears at the far end. We would take the bus too, catching it at the Globe News on Tower, being dropped off at Glass Block downtown, then transfering up to the mall. Great memory.

  6. Ann

    I remember my grandparents taking my cousin and me to the Mall to see wrestlers from All Star Wrestling. I’m not sure if it was for the grand opening, but somewhere around that time. The wrestling ring might have been in front of Glass Block. My grandparents got autographs of Bill Robinson and Jim Brunzell for us. I think Vern Gagne was there, too.

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