October 19, 1961

Apache Plaza Shopping Center opens to the public at noon! The mall opened amidst much fanfare, including then Governor Elmer Anderson's entrance by helicopter. It was unlike anything St. Anthony Village had seen before (or since). For the years that followed it truly was the "Center of the Community.'

Below is a slightly colorized version of a full-page newspaper ad announcing Apache's Grand Opening (courtesy Apache Plaza).

Check out these vintage ads promoting Apache's 10/19/61 Grand Opening:

Jerry's Bakery

Flagg Bros Shoes

G.C. Murphy Co.

Waldorf Cleaners

Ben Franklin


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