REDDING, Calif - The Redding Chamber of Commerce and Viva Redding Downtown celebrated the demolition of the old Dicker's Department store building with a wrecking ball party on Thursday.
Demolition on the building began around 10 in the morning.
But for many, this department store held a lot of sentimental value.
Dickers Department Store began as a part of the American dream.
Charles Malacky Dicker was born in 1903 in Ireland, and over the years he moved to Canada, then Oakland, California before receiving citizenship in 1940.
That’s when he began his family business.
"My dad actually started our business in 1943, when he received an offer from the man who owned the building in Redding. …. He called on my dad and offered him the 60-foot front, then later added three other 20 foot fronts," said Robert J. Dicker in an interview with Susan Luzier.
The family held on to that business location until the early 1970’s when Charles died , and his son Robert took over with a plan to expand, and create a Downtown Redding Mall.
"It was the biggest department store in the mall it was locally owned by the Dickers so it was a really neat thing it was a success story for the time, “ said Jay Thompson from the Shasta Historical Society.
The downtown construction began in 1972, with a ribbon cutting just a few months later.
Action News Now headed to the Shasta Historical Society and did some research on the years of success the business had and found one man who used to shop there.
"As a kid, I remember it being a hopping place to shop, and pick out the latest fashions, " said Jeremy Tuggle.
But after the creation of the Mt Shasta Mall and the freeway, it altered the patterns of the community and traffic in the downtown area began to decline.
"It was not meant to last I guess because the Mt. Shasta Mall came in, ” said Thompson.
Slowly the mall was torn down and the Dicker’s store was leased out to various businesses.
Until the last few years when it remained empty.
Now almost 50 years later that building is also being torn now.
"They were off and running and tore down quite a few buildings but now its come full circle, “ said Thompson
Now the City of Redding is hoping to replace that building with a four-story mixed-use apartment building.
The demolition will continue until the end of May, with reconstruction scheduled for June.
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