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Golden Point

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Golden Point buildings had a distinctive 21 foot tall golden tower. The chain was founded in 1958 with its headquarters in Chicago, IL. The first location was built in Highland, IN. There were at least eighty locations nationwide with eight Golden Points in the Chicago area. Other locations were built in Colorado, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and possibly other states. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

former Golden Point
Orlando, FL
former Golden Point
Hampton, VA
This Golden Point in Orlando is now Station 441, a bar and check cashing place. It was still a Golden Point until at least 1970. For more, see this website. [map]

This Golden Point in Hampton now houses Arnell's Barber & Hair Styling. This building was moved a few hundred yards back from its original location. City records indicate that this was a Gibson's at one time. I don't know which restaurant occupied the building first. [map]

The Gibson's chain was based in Bethesda, MD. There must have been some relationship between Golden Point and Gibson's since the companies' building styles were so similar. By 1963, Gibson's had locations in Wilmington, DE; Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA; Norfolk, VA; Roanoke, VA; and Washington, DC.

former Golden Point
Warren, OH
This Golden Point has been converted into the Mayfair Laundromat which is now part of a strip mall. The sign still retains the original shape. The original orange color is showing through the peeling paint. One of the "wings" of the original building is visible from the back. [map]

Murray's Market
Petersburg, VA
Records show that Murray's Market was built originally as a Gibson's. These photos are from 2005 and 2009. The building was vacant in 2015. [first three photos thanks Robby Delius] [map]

former Golden Point
Brooklyn, OH
This former Golden Point was built in the 1960s. It housed "PDQ Hamburgers" from 1965-1975. It was occupied by Pat's Brooklyn Cleaners until 2015. The building now houses the Golden Pyramid jewelry store. [map]

former Golden Point [gone]
Elyria, OH
former Golden Point
Dayton, OH
This former Golden Point in Elyria peeked out from the top of the Cabana restaurant which was closed when these photos were taken in 2009. The building was still vacant in 2013. It had been demolished by 2016. For more, see this website.

This former Golden Point in Dayton is now occupied by Shield's BBQ. For more, see this website. [map]

former Golden Point [gone]
Painesville, OH
This former Golden Point housed the Pizza Parlor from around 1977 until 2013. These photos are from 2010. The building was still there in 2013 but gone by 2015.

former Golden Point
Lockland, OH
This former Golden Point now houses Little Learners. [map]

former Golden Point [gone]
Grand Island, NE

This Golden Point was home to Randy's Auto Sales, a used car dealer, when these photos were taken. It was one of the most intact Golden Points that I have seen. It even had what appeared to be the original blue canopy in front of the building. In 2006, there was talk of demolishing the building for road widening. Sure enough, in 2008, it was gone and Randy's had a new building. For more, see this website.

former Golden Point
Beloit, WI

This former Golden Point was built in 1958 as was one of the earliest locations. The building now houses the Circus Drive-in. I don't know if the double canopy was original. For more, see this website. [map]

former Golden Point [gone]
Aurora, CO

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2012:
This former Golden Point housed Country Liquor in 2008. The building appeared to be vacant in 2012. By 2015, the building had been demolished.

former Golden Point
Denver, CO
The former Golden Point now houses the China Bowl Chinese restaurant. [map]

There was also a Golden Point in Boulder, CO at one time.

former Golden Point
Oklahoma City, OK
At some point later on, this former Golden Point housed a Ku-Ku Drive-in. The pole sign is a match for the location in Miami, OK. This Oklahoma City location now houses a now houses T.J.'s Seafood. [map]

former Golden Point
Warr Acres, OK
This former Golden Point houses A Plus Motors North when these photos were taken in 2011. By 2014, the building housed Payless Auto Sales. The roof bears a scar from where the steeple was removed. [map]

former Golden Point
Lansing, MI
This former Golden Point was built in 1959. The building housed D&D Automotive, a used car dealership, when these photos were taken in 2011. By 2015, the building had been painted blue and red and was housing Fast Finance Auto Sales. [map]

Subway
Independence, MO
This Subway location is a former Golden Point. This photo shows the wing-like structure on the side of this building which was unique to this chain. [map]

More Golden Points:
Chicago area [gone]
Mount Prospect, IL [first location in Chicago area, opened 1958; gone]
Rockford, IL [gone]
Cleveland, OH [gone]
Cleveland, OH [gone]
Longview, TX: 1, 2 [gone]

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