The Way We Were: Remembering Allen Park, Sears

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The intersection of 15th Street and Walton Way housed the Sears building after it replaced Allen Park, where baseball was played.  FILE/STAFF
The intersection of 15th Street and Walton Way housed the Sears building after it replaced Allen Park, where baseball was played.

Last week we showed a photo of the Walton Way and 15th Street intersection in the 1960s as the area began to transition into a commercial center.

Here is how some of you remembered it and that intersection.


I remember going to the vegetable curb market with my parents in the 1950s, which was located on Walton Way near 15th Street. Miss Cheshire and, I think, her sister owned it. I remember the coin-changing device they wore on a belt. My grandfather owned a drug store on the corner of Walton Way and 15th in the 1930s.

Bobby Anderson


My grandfather, Dr. James Hammond Carmichael, graduated MCG in 1885. His office was above the pharmacy of his father-in-law, Felix Lake. This would be late 1800s. I grew up being told this is 15th and Walton Way.

Anne Sherman


I have fond memories of going to Sears with my parents and with my grandmother. When we got there, the first thing my father, brother and I did was head to the basement since that was where the sporting goods, tools and toys were and eventually video games as well.

One of my most vivid memories of it was when, on what seemed to be a typical visit, my father showed some interest in an Atari video game system that my brother and I had been begging for. It was about 1975 or 1976, I’m not sure exactly when. Out of the blue, he walks with us over to the Atari (or Sears VCS as Sears had re-branded it) and starts asking questions about it. We, of course, were excited by our father’s interest hoping it might lead to him buying it for us one day, so we eagerly supplied him with the information. He wanted to know if any games came with it, if it required any other accessories, etc.

Once we had explained all of that, he reached over and picked the box for the system up and told us to pick out one additional game each. We were in heaven. We wondered how this fantastical windfall had happened upon us. Why did Dad spontaneously decide to buy us an Atari?

We only found out later that he and mom had planned this and wanted to spring it on us in a special way. It certainly was as I never forgot it.

In my opinion, the Sears in the mall never matched up to the “massive” one at Walton Way and 15th. It had four huge levels, a large toy department, an impressive sporting goods and tool selection, and even a candy shop.

Another memory that stands out is the Krispy Kreme across from the Sears. I remember many visits there with the family as well as the one on 13th at Reynolds. Now we have to drive all the way out to Washington Road at I-20 to get them while they’re hot.

Barry Christian


When I was a teenager, I worked afternoons at a sporting goods store on 15th street across from Sears. A co-worker and I took turns every day to go to the candy counter at Sears and get our daily supply of their delicious chocolate-covered peanuts.

Dan Whitfield


I worked in the children’s department at Sears from 1965 until we moved to the mall – before retiring in 1992. Lots of fond memories and hard work!

Dot Girndt


Krispy Kreme donuts moved to the corner of WW and 15th from a shop near the S&S. Good coffee and good donuts. Not they are not good now.

Billy Jones

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Fiat_Lux 07/23/14 - 04:48 pm
That Krispy Kreme was a lifesaver

in the middle of looong night shifts in the MCG ER, especially on weekends after several traumas had gone through and off to surgery or elsewhere.

Those were happier days at MCG.

Magda1129 08/18/14 - 12:47 am
Long before Allen Park and Sears

I remember when Krispy Kreme was located on the north side of Walton Way, just west of 15th St, across from a Rexall Drug Store in the early 1950s. My grandmother liked their donuts, so Mother would often stop there on the way home with Granny after their weekly grocery shopping at the A&P uptown on Greene. I was charged with running in to get a box of a dozen piping hot glazed ones whose odor permeated the store as soon as you opened the door, since they were actually baked there. There was nothing fancy about that shop. There was a glass display case, register, clerk, and metal racks with trays of freshly baked and glazed donuts. A dozen cost 50 cents in those days, and that was still true in the sixties when our youth group sold them to raise money for our MYF summer trips at Trinity-on-the-Hill.

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