THE TRADEWINDS SHOPPING CENTER OF HANOVER PARK

The year 1968 was a big one for Hanover Park.  Anne Fox School opened.  A new fire station on Maple Street opened.  And, commercially speaking, the village’s largest business venture opened as the Tradewinds Shopping Center.

In 1967 3H Building Corporation purchased the Melvin Lichthardt farm that stood at the northeast corner of Irving Park and Barrington Roads.  [From Camelot to Metropolis, Ralph Feeley, 1976]  Development began shortly thereafter, and in 1968 the $3.5 million,  200,000 square foot shopping center opened.  [Chain Store Age]

It wasn’t until 1969 that Dominick’s and Zayre, the two large anchors, opened.  Zayre opened October 8 in 80,000 square feet while Dominicks, with Bob Johnson as the manager, opened December 13 in a 30,000 square foot store that eventually expanded to 65,000 square feet.

The ad for Dominicks described it as “a truly modern and beautiful food store that was created and designed to make shopping an adventure, a pleasurable experience, the last word in exceptional convenience.”  Given away that day were 40 bushels of groceries, gifts, balloons, piggy banks, and aprons and nylons for the ladies.

The shopping center really came into its own on July 6, 1973 (per commenter Dan, below) when the Tradewinds Cinema I and II opened as twin theaters. During those intervening years between 1968 and 1973, the shopping center had boomed with the following stores:

  • Walgreens
  • Peter Pan Cleaners
  • Hanover Park Interior Lighting
  • Hanover Fabrics (November 1970)
  • Lincoln Realty
  • Tri-Village Realty

Outbuildings in the shopping center included the First State Bank & Trust Company of Hanover Park and, more popularly, the St. George and The Dragon restaurant.  This was the third restaurant in the old English-themed chain that featured pickles and peanuts at every table.

The shopping center eventually included the Hanover Park branch of the Schaumburg Township District Library, Ames and later Value City Furniture that took over the Zayre space, Rahl Jewelers, Hallmark and Radio Shack.

Unfortunately, during the first decade of the 2000’s the shopping center began to decline.  Dominick’s pulled out sometime between 2002 and 2005.  The theaters also closed during this time period.  Then, in a double whammy in 2006, the library moved to its new branch on Irving Park Road and Menards purchased the entire shopping center property for about $9 million in preparation for their new store that stands there today.

This perpetually busy corner, with the Tradewinds Shopping Center as its anchor, was a go-to spot for anyone living in Hanover Park for many years.  Many stores came and went over the years besides those listed above.  Can you help complete the list?  Send in your comments or email me at the address below and I’ll add them as they come in.  Thanking you in advance for your inclusions!

Businesses in the Tradewinds Shopping Center:

  • Allied Electronics
  • Ames
  • Blockbuster Video in the outlot on the corner
  • B. Dalton bookstore in the Library location before the library
  • Collin’s Fireplace and Patio
  • Corky’s lunch counter in the Walgreens
  • Dominick’s
  • First State Bank & Trust Company of Hanover Park
  • Full House (formerly St. George and The Dragon)
  • Hair Cuttery
  • Hallmark
  • Hanover Fabrics
  • Hanover Park Interior Lighting
  • Hit or Miss
  • Just Jeans
  • Leslie’s Pool Supplies
  • Lincoln Realty
  • Peter Pan Cleaners
  • Rahl Jewelers
  • Rent-A-Center
  • St. George and The Dragon
  • Star Cleaners
  • Swanson’s Crafts and Hobbies (Jack Swanson, proprietor)
  • Three Flags Restaurant
  • Toni’s Conversation Clothes
  • Tri-Village Realty
  • Value City Furniture
  • Walgreens
  • Zayre

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
jrozek@stdl.org

[The photos were taken by the library prior to the Hanover Park branch moving into the shopping center in 1993.]

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11 Responses to “THE TRADEWINDS SHOPPING CENTER OF HANOVER PARK”

  1. Dan Says:

    My family frequented this center in the 1980s so I remember a few details and have researched a few more.

    The theater opened on July 6th, 1973. It was demolished in early 2006. From what I remember, it was a super small theater.

    I also remember there being a Hallmark, Rent-a-center, a jeweler and a barber shop. I did read somewhere too that the Walgreens at this location had a lunch counter. The restaurant on the outlet was a Blockbuster Video at the end. I think it might have been a Ground Round before that.

    The Hanover branch was actually a B. Dalton bookstore prior to it becoming a library.

    The Zayre turned into an Ames around 1988 when Ames bought Zayre after bankruptcy.

    This was a great article. I’d love to see a similar one on Barrington Square. I always viewed the two centers as very similar… both had Dominick’s and Walgreens stores, movie theaters, and a department store.

  2. Kassie Says:

    There was a restaurant named Corkys I believe.

  3. Dan Says:

    Yes, Corky’s was the name of the restaurant operated by Walgreens, and was named after company president C.R. (Cork) Walgreen III.

    To add some more details, Zayre opened in Tradewinds on October 8th, 1969.

  4. Jane Says:

    Thank you very much for the additions to the blog posting! I have begun a list of businesses and added the information about the date the theater opened. That definitely adds to the history of the Tradewinds Shopping Center.

    I was delighted to do this blog posting when I unearthed the photos of the shopping center. Does anyone have photos of Barrington Square I might be able to use to center around a blog posting?

    I have done a posting on Flip Side Records that was in Barrington Square but, unfortunately, could not include a photo of the store–or the mall. I’ll see what I can track down too, regarding photos of the mall.

    Jane Rozek
    Local History Librarian
    Schaumburg Township District Library
    jrozek@stdl.org

  5. Dan Says:

    I have a picture of FlipSide I found somewhere online and also there is a picture of the interior of the Barrington Square theater on cinematrasures.org.

    Jane, I have a few pictures of Barrington Square of the Menards and also during the demolition of the Menards store.

    Some more additions to the Tradewinds store list: Collins Fireplace & Patio, Leslie’s Pool Supplies, Hair Cuttery, Hit or Miss, and Star Cleaners.

  6. Julie Vanderwest Rowland Says:

    After St. George and the Dragon, I believe the restaurant became Full House. Not Ground Round. Went there often! ♣♦♠♥

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you for the clarification Julie! I’ve added it to the blog posting.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  7. Joan Beauprez Says:

    I remember a small shop of woman’s clothing & another store where I bought craft items & miniatures for doll houses. The names escape me.

  8. Joan Beauprez Says:

    Jane, at the Roselle History Museum, we have a 1978-79 Telephone Directory which includes Hanover Park. I found ” Toni’s Conversation Clothes “, the shop I remember. ” Swanson’s Crafts & Hobbies ” could be the other name I’m looking for. We also have a 1987 Directory.

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you for the additions Joan! I looked up Swanson’s Crafts & Hobbies in the Newspaper Archive and found that, yes, they were located in the Tradewinds Shopping Center. The proprietor was Jack Swanson.

      I will definitely keep in mind that the Roselle History Museum has a phone book from the 1970s. We are severely lacking phone books from the 1960s through the 1970s. I keep my eye out for any from that time period but they are scarce.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library
      jrozek@stdl.org

  9. Pete Says:

    There was a Just Jeans store, Rahl Jewlers, Three Flags Restaurant, Hallmark, Allied Electronics/Radio Shack, TCBY, Hanover Park State Bank had a storefront before the bank was built, a men’s suit store all were in Tradewinds at one point.

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