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The History of Uptown

Updated: Jun 29, 2018

Uptown Center has been around for decades – over six to be exact. And in the 60+ years that Shreveport dwellers have been frequenting the shops and eateries residing in Uptown Center, it’s morphed, grown, and expanded into one of the most timeless staples on Line Avenue.

But Uptown didn’t become a historic, successful center overnight – it was once just an idea waiting to be created, developed, and nurtured into what we know it to be today. It’s grown with the lives of South Highlands, Pierremont, and surrounding communities, creating a home for histories and stories of its own.

It all started in 1955, when the Pierremont neighborhood was thriving and expanding with the times. Brothers William and Samuel Weiner, a team of architects, partnered with Wile and Lewis Levy, owners of Levy’s Department store, to develop what would become the new modern shopping center – an innovation of its time.

Sandwiched between then Big Chain Grocery and Cafeteria and Levy’s Department Store, lived local businesses that drove the economic growth of the Shreveport area.

Among some of Uptown’s first tenants were Uptown Barber Shop, Southern Gift and Fashion, and still at Uptown today – King Hardware. Can you imagine all the stories and histories they've collected?

Now, for over 63 years Uptown has been a staple in Shreveport’s history, connecting us to the past and remaining up-to-date with the changing demands. Now housing an extensive list of local shops, restaurants, service providers, and more, Uptown has remained rooted in Shreveport’s story and will continue to support the local economy for years to come.

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