That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

September 10, 2020

I just wanted to archive the Travis Scott [Cactus Jack] x McDonalds collection.

Filed under: fewd,McDonalds — Anita @ 9:01 am

May 10, 2020

Escalator Accident at Newmarket North Mall, May 8, 1989

Filed under: newmarket fair mall — Anita @ 12:09 pm

I’m absolutely terrified of escalators. I don’t like the “up” escalator, because you’re going high up in the air, under no control of your own, you worry about falling over the side, even if you know you’re far too big to fall over the side. The “down” one scares me even more, seeing those all those little teeth on the edge of the stairs, ready to stab your body if you stumble while getting on the step. I know, I still have the scar on my knee from when I stumbled getting on a stair at the old Sears at the old Newmarket Fair Mall in ‘99.

Speaking of Newmarket, this is where this entry started. During this quarantine, I’ve been working on reviving this website. I have access to Proquest from the Newport News Library, so I’ve been getting newspaper articles about my two dead malls in the town I grew up in. I found one article about Newmarket that made me incredibly sad, realizing that I had walked by the site where a girl was killed because she was playing on an escalator so many times growing up.

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May 6, 2020

Thalhimers Coliseum Mall location grand opening, 10-17-1977

Filed under: "coliseum mall",dead chains — Anita @ 12:38 am

thalhimers announcement at Coliseum Mall, 1 12 1977

Announcement, 1/12/1977

Thalhimers Grand Opening, 10-17-1977, Coliseum Mall, Hampton, VA

They got it 💯!

thalhimeres grand opening 7 10-18-1977

Hold up, they had tarantulas? You could buy a dog at Thalhimers?

Giant ads under the cut:

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April 28, 2020

“Lord & Taylor quietly deleted its Instagram and Twitter accounts amid reports the department store is eyeing bankruptcy options”

Filed under: potential dead chains — Anita @ 11:22 pm

(business insider article)

Lord & Taylor appears to have quietly deleted its Instagram and Twitter accounts, less than a week after reports surfaced that the retailer is considering filing for bankruptcy.

The retailer’s accounts on these two platforms seem to have completely disappeared and were inaccessible on Monday afternoon. While its Facebook page remains active, its last post — a promotion for pajamas — was shared one month ago on March 27. While it was not immediately clear when the accounts were deleted or the reason for going dark, historically such moves point to a period of significant transition for a company or may indicate the possibility of liquidation.

I went on their website, and noticed that they were suddenly having a friends and family sale. Hmm?

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April 26, 2020

wvec Coliseum Mall last day report, 1/14/2007

Filed under: "coliseum mall" — Anita @ 11:27 pm

April 25, 2020

Coliseum Mall Photos, October 2006

Filed under: "coliseum mall",Uncategorized — Anita @ 6:19 pm

So There's Only Like 100 Parking Spots Left

I remember this day, dad took me to LensCrafters to get new lenses. There was probably about 100 parking spots left at the main entrance?

Macys (Coliseum Mall)

Hecht’s had just received its Macy’s sign.

Macys (Coliseum Mall)

I miss this building so much. Macys closed in 2017, and was town down a short time later. There’s an Element motel and a Floor and Decor on the land now.

 

April 20, 2020

Newmarket Opening Day Articles Updated

Filed under: newmarket fair mall — Anita @ 12:16 am

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I updated a thirteen year old post this weekend. With clearer images and easier to read articles.

April 18, 2020

Coliseum Mall Original Plans, July 9, 1970

Filed under: "coliseum mall" — Anita @ 10:21 pm

two years later, construction finally started:

May 8, 2017

So I just found out the Kmart in Hampton closed … last year

Filed under: dead stores,Hampton,Kmart — Anita @ 8:24 pm

I completely missed the bus on this one. And this was a big one! I’ve been really out of the loop lately with my Hampton stuff. I rarely go out there these days.

This is really spergy, but for years I’ve had this dream where I’m driving down Mercury Blvd, and I look over and Kmart is gone, and I’m like “wha?”. Turns out it happened for real today. It’s been closed for almost a year, I completely missed the article on Daily Press (.pdf).
KMart (Hampton, VA 1988)

This is a pic my mom took back in 1988. This was back when the marchers for the Christmas parade would meet up at KMart. Now everybody just marches through the Peninsula Town Center.

April 26, 2017

Old Peanut Patch store to be demolished (tidewater news, April 19, 2017)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anita @ 1:19 pm

I was wondering what was missing on the way to work the other day.

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(source)

COURTLAND
The old Peanut Patch store across the street from the post office on Main Street in Courtland will be demolished this Saturday beginning at 7 a.m., according to Anthony Martinette, the building’s current owner.

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“I wish I could have saved the building but it’s not repairable because of water damage,” he said. “Hopefully the post office will move there and have more parking; they have no parking where they’re at.”

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“The furniture maker back then was also the undertaker; he made wooden coffins and they were stored upstairs and carried down that wide staircase,” said Judy Riddick, the owner of The Peanut Patch Gift Shoppe, which she and her husband, Bob, operated out of the building from 1973 to 1994 before moving the business to its current location next to the Dairy Queen on U.S. Route 58.

She added that the building was once adjacent to several connected storefronts that stretched all the way to Main Street’s intersection with the railroad tracks, some of which included a general store, a billiard room and a fish market.

Martinette said that he has arranged for Bryant Excavations of Smithfield to conduct the demolition and Crowder and White Contracting, located on General Thomas Highway, to haul away the debris. He added that he has encountered no resistance to his plans to demolish the building.

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