Before the Napa Premium Outlets, the commercial parcel on Freeway Drive was known as the Napa Valley Shopping Center.
Over the years, tenants at the Napa Valley Shopping Center included the Allen & Benedict furniture store, Colonial Saddle Shop, Clark’s ACE Hardware, Crocker Bank (where the GAP is now), Fujiya restaurant, Devine Paint Center, Sundown Video, Sunset Auto Supply, a Purity market, Carriage House knit fabrics, Ken’s Family Billiards, a barber shop and others.
These photos are from a 1980s- and 90s-era scrapbook belonging to Jeff Doran, one of the former owners of Allen & Benedict furniture store. In 1960s, the longtime Napa furniture store relocated from downtown to the mall on Freeway Drive.
In the 1990s, the owners of the proposed Factory Stores complex bought the Napa Valley Shopping Center. The furniture store and most other businesses relocated or closed. Most of the mall was demolished. The Factory Stores opened in 1995. Later the mall was renamed the Napa Premium Outlets.
-- Jennifer Huffman, Napa Valley Register business editor