Premier Retail Location Since 1950 • West Erie Plaza

Back in the day, the West Erie Plaza has welcomed celebrities like William Bendix and Burt Lancaster. Keeping its traditional class and pizzazz, we're bringing back it's unique potential in the new WEP retail center. The new, old West Erie Plaza is cultivating a prosperous future for all to enjoy.

1949

Deeds show plaza development starting.

1950

West Erie Plaza is completed

October 1950

Confirmed original tenant: The Winter Co.

“Erie’s great piano, television and appliance store.”

1951
January 1951

Confirmed original tenant: United Hardware and Supply Co.

1953

Dipson’s Plaza Cinema opens

With a seating capacity of around 1,000, the theater boasted an art deco design with a grand staircase, tapestry, marble lined walls and a partial mezzanine giving it the status of “Movie Palace.”

1955

G.C. Murphy Co. opens

G.C. Murphy Co. opens its first shopping center locations in the West Erie Plaza, Erie, Pa and Brentwood-Whitehall Shopping Center, near Pittsburgh.

Early tenant Halle Brother’s joins WEP

1962

Loblaw’s Grocery joins the plaza

1967

Construction begins on the Boston Store

This building is now the former Gabriel Brother's building.

1968

Boston Store opens in the West Erie Plaza; Expansion on the Halle Brother’s building is done.

1971
1980

The Plaza Theater is converted into a four-screen cinema.

2008
December 23rd, 2008

The West Erie Plaza Theater closes as a first-run movie theater.

The last showing was “Yes Man” staring Jim Carey

2012
May 1st, 2012

VCG Properties, LLC purchased the West Erie Plaza

2013
March 2013

Hertel & Brown Physical & Aquatic Therapy joins the Plaza

First tenant to be signed by VCG Properties was Hertel & Brown Physical & Aquatic Therapy.

Partial redevelopment starts near the north end of the main strip.

Partial redevelopment starts near the north end of the main strip giving new store fronts to Dairy Queen and Hertel & Brown. This work was the first significant investment into the strip in approximately 30 years.

Jimmy Johns joins the West Erie Plaza

2014
February 2014

Hertel & Brown Physical & Aquatic Therapy opens.

December 2014

Erie Bank joins the West Erie Plaza

2015
January 2015

Demolition begins on North end of the main strip

June 2015

Redevelopment starts on the rest of the main strip.