Yesterday and Today

Sun City shopping center sees many changes

By Bret McKeand
Posted 7/4/20

Plaza del Sol Shopping Center, located on the southeast corner of 107th and Peoria avenues, was built in the early-1960s to serve Sun City’s then-growing population, which at the time was expanding to the south.

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Yesterday and Today

Sun City shopping center sees many changes

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Plaza del Sol Shopping Center, located on the southeast corner of 107th and Peoria avenues, was built in the early-1960s to serve Sun City’s then-growing population, which at the time was expanding to the south.

When Sun City first opened in 1960, all homes, recreation facilities and the community’s first shopping center were located south of Grand Avenue. It wasn’t until 1970 that the Webb Corporation crossed over Grand Avenue to expand Sun City to the north.

Safeway, which already had a grocery store in the Grand Shopping Center, opened a second store in the Plaza del Sol Shopping Center. Through the years that building in the center has seen different tenants, including the Valley View Community Food Bank and an estate sale business.

Today, the Lutheran Thrift Store occupies the space where Safeway once existed and a Dollar General occupies the main space in the second building on the west end of the plaza. The structure  has been renovated and updated over the years, but still retains much of its original look.

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