By Marie-Beth Wright
Special to TC Media—St. John’s
“The Royal Stores in the Avalon Mall?” you ask. Yes, it existed on the right side of the lower corridor, as you walk towards, Woolco, er, Walmart, whoops, I mean, Sears.
If you are aged 30 or younger, you may be unaware that for each storefront you pass or eagerly enter during an afternoon at “da Mall,” there are the ghosts of its predecessors. The new coffee shop, Starbucks, in the revamped Pasta Plus site, originally housed a laundromat and Top Tone Cleaners. Bentley, on the corner, hides the phantom of a long-ago store, Chez Margot. Macy’s gift store was Melanie Lynn’s current space, next to Fredelle’s Shoes. Oh, and did I mention that Woolco, the anchor store of “$1.44 Day” fame, did car repairs in its attached garage?