New Climate-Controlled

Pyramid Mall opens Aug. 21

11 Stores scheduled for eventual occupancy

Leader-Herald/Harold F. Laird

Construction of the Pyramid Mall under way in Johnstown.

August 2, 1972

The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN -- With 11 stores slated for eventual occupancy, Pyramid Mall, the city's new climate-controlled shopping center on the Arterial Highway, will open on Monday, Aug. 21.

Six of the 11 stores, including the mall's main unit, White-Modell Department Store, will be ready for the Aug. 21 grand opening.

Three others, including a Loblaw's Supermarket, will open on about Sept. 1. Two small stores in the complex remain to be leased, but these are expected to be signed up in the near future.

The Pyramid Mall is a development by the Pyramid Companies of Syracuse, which are constructing the shopping center and will own and manage the complex.

According to a spokesman for the developers, Pyramid Companies have several shopping malls under way including one just started in Saratoga Springs and another in Oneonta at about the same stage as the Johnstown center.

He noted that the construction firm takes about 90 days to build a mall of this type, and the Johnstown project is right on schedule. Use of pre-cast concrete panels for the exterior expedites the construction work.

In addition to White-Modell, five other stores will open their doors on Aug. 21.

They will include a 15,000-square foot Fay's Drug store and five boutique-type shops handling fabrics, photography supplies and equipment, lunches and candy.

The five boutique shops, containing about 600 square feet each, will be announced soon.