Uptown Plaza

Welcome to Uptown Plaza

The rebirth of an icon. Built in 1955 and artfully restored more than six decades later, Uptown Plaza combines mid-century modern charm with an irresistible mix of the best local and national retailers and restaurants. Anchoring the gateway to North Central Phoenix's historic core, Uptown Plaza endures with marquee shops and restaurants for the whole family.

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Christmas at the Plaza | 12.18.21

Uptown Plaza is getting in the holiday spirit with their Christmas at the Plaza celebration on Saturday, December 18 from 10 am – 1 pm. Shoppers can enjoy hot cocoa and apple cider from AJ’s while children can make fun holiday crafts in the courtyard. Dickens Carolers will also be walking throughout the plaza singing holiday favorites. Sweatshop on Central will be hosting a yoga class at 10:30 am in the courtyard. Donations to participate in the class will be…

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The History


Created by Del Webb, the legendary developer behind Sun City and the legendary Flamingo Las Vegas resort, Uptown Plaza was an instant Valley landmark when it opened on September 25, 1955. As the first shopping center outside of downtown Phoenix, Uptown Plaza included cutting-edge amenities such as complimentary on-site parking, sleek air-conditioned and glass-fronted retail stores, and neon-lit cursive signage above each store that stayed lit until 11 pm nightly.

Original tenants include Piggly-Wiggly supermarket, Bostrom’s department store, Jerand’s of Arizona fine fashions and Porters apparel, as well as restaurants such as the mid-century modern gem, Helsing’s Coffee Shop, and the super-swank fine dining establishment, Navarre’s.