Vintage Point: Farmington’s first mall

Farmington’s first strip mall outside the downtown was the Bel-Aire Shopping Center at the southwest corner of Orchard Lake and 10 Mile, which opened in July 1959. This photo is from the Farmington Enterprise; the caption notes that the center has parking for 350 cars and provides the “heavily built-up communities around it” with five different stores.

Vintage Point Bel Aire Shopping Center

Historic photo from the Farmington Community Library Heritage Room. Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor. More at

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