One person?s history is another person?s ? favourite historic shopping centre. The most popular post on the entire Cornwall Community Museum website deals with Woolco and the former Brookdale Mall.
Then& Now by DonSmit h
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Woolco opened at the Brookdale Mall on August 28, 1968 and grew into one of the chain?s most successful stores. The store was acquired by WalMart in 1994. Desiring to split off from the mall, Walmart obtained permission from the mall owners to build a new structure (now the home of Lowe?s) and to demolish the former Woolco section of the mall. Ultimately this led to the demolition of much of the original mall and the transformation of the property into a power centre. Much has changed in the neighbourhood, from the landscaping of the traffic
circle to the increase in nearby development. Many will fondly recall Woolco?s $1.44 Days and the mall?s annual Jelly Jump event. Who wouldn?t want to dive into a swimming pool filled with chilled gelatin in search of a numbered puck ? in front of hundreds of onlookers? The above photo to the left was taken in the stock room of Brookdale Mall?s Shopper?s Drug Mart store in the mid-1980s. Carole Parisien delivered a singing telegram to store receiver, Francois, on his birthday. The singing telegram business was Carole?s sideline; she worked for her parents at the mall?s Parisien Fashions. Some SDM co-workers look on. Aerial photo courtesy of the SD&G Historical Society; interior photos courtesy of Don Smith.
Nat s t o host Skil l s Compet it ion, First Responders Night The Cornwal l Nat ional s wil l host an inaugural Skil l s Compet it ion on Tuesday, March 21 at t he Benson Cent re. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Pad 1. The Nationals will showcase their talents and will be joined by local first responders from the fire, police, and paramedic hockey teams. Once again, the Federal Hockey League team will take this opportunity to raise funds and awareness for a pair of great charities. The Nationals will support Crohn?s and Colitis Canada as well as Cystic Fibrosis Canada. The event will be free to fans of all ages, with a donation to these two worthy charities. A 50/ 50 draw and raffles will also help supplement the team?s fundraising efforts. More information will soon be available with regards to some very special guests. Events will include: shooting accuracy, shootout, passing challenge, hardest shot as well as fastest skater. FI R S T R E S P O N D E R N I G H T : The Nat ional s wil l be dedicat ing t heir game on Friday, March 24 (vs. Berl in) t o al l l ocal First Responders. This game will help raise awareness to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and raise funds for the Champlain East branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. The game will be dedicated to local police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and even tow truck drivers who selflessly put themselves on the front lines every day to help save lives. Nationals players will be sporting promotional jerseys, which will be auctioned off. There will also be a silent auction as well as the Rotary Club of Cornwall 50/ 50.
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