Midland History: This is What Used To Be At The Intersection of Wadley and Midkiff
Newcomers to town are sometimes curious about what used to be in the places they know now, and since I have lived here all my life, I am here to tell you what used to be in the areas you know now.
The intersection of Wadley and Midkiff has seen some changes over the years, the San Miguel Square Shopping center has been there since the 70's along with its sister shopping center on the opposite corner, the Imperial Shopping Center.
The other areas have seen some changes, where H-E-B currently sits used to be a Piggly Wiggly back in the 70's but when Piggly Wiggly left the area, the building that the Piggly Wiggly vacated later became Kittiwake Furniture in the 80's.
There was a small shopping center that branched off from the Ski Skeller Sports that was built in the early 80's as well.
Kittiwake Furniture closed in the early 90's and the building was vacant for a few years until H-E-B bought the building and demolished it to build the current H-E-B that is there now.
The Starbucks on the corner of the H-E-B lot used to be a Taco Bell when the Mexican restaurant bought up all the former Taco Villa locations to demolish the old Taco Villa buildings and build brand new Taco Bell restaurants.
Last but not least on that same corner where Pinkie's is now used to be a Friend's Convenience store with Shell gasoline.
Now on the northwest corner where the AT&T store is now, that used to be a Gulf service station in the 70's and reverted to a Chevron station.
The northeast corner where Kent Kwik is now has been a Texaco station back as far as I can remember.
On the southeast corner where Walgreens is located used to be a Exxon station and after that closed down the last thing I remember being there before the old Exxon building was demolished was a hot tub store.
Whataburger has always been a Whataburger since it was built in the 80's.
So that is the history of the corner of Midkiff and Wadley as far back as I can remember.