That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

August 16, 2017

about images

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anita @ 12:38 pm

Hi,

So photobucket has pretty much stopped being a photo sharing site, and any photos i posted on my blog for the past 12 years that was uploaded to photobucket, no longer show up here.

I’m working on it very slowly by uploading those old images to Flickr or just here on WordPress. It’s going to take a long time though :/

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)//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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.

[…]

“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.”

[…]

“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.

April 19, 2017

At Home opens in old Hills building

Filed under: Hampton,then & now — Anita @ 9:53 am

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PLANO, Texas, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Specialty retailer brings on-trend furniture and accessories for any style or budget

At Home Group Inc. (NYSE: HOME) will open its new Hampton location today, Wednesday, April 19, at 1072 W. Mercury Blvd. in the Riverdale Plaza Shopping Center.

The 91,000-square-foot home decor superstore, the sixth in Virginia, will offer more than 50,000 home decor items from furniture, rugs, art and housewares to tabletop, patio and seasonal items.

“We offer the widest selection of home decor items to fit any budget or style, from boho to luxe, modern to traditional,” said Constance Williams, At Home store director. “We welcome everyone to explore the store and find decorating inspiration to turn any house into a home.”

Shoppers will find new design ideas throughout the store, with room vignettes that are continually updated to showcase new trends and seasonal items. More than 400 new products are brought in each week to provide fresh inspiration.

Grand opening events include a ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m., Friday, April 28, with the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, followed by mystery gift card giveaways to the first 50 people in line during the grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 29.

The new retail destination brings 25 jobs to Hampton.


Old Riverdale Shopping Center, Hampton, VA

(my photo)

I am so excited that a store took a chance on opening in the old Hills building which was abandoned for 20 years. Hills closed in January of 1997.

January 3, 2017

New (ish) website for NetCenter (the old Newmarket Fair Mall)

Filed under: newmarket fair mall,Uncategorized — Anita @ 1:21 pm

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There’s a small photo gallery on the site, which is nice because the majority of the people who read this site haven’t been inside the depths of the old mall since the mid 1990s.

 

Also, apparently there’s a coffee and panini shop inside?

November 5, 2016

Chesapeake Square mall once was hailed as an economic savior. What happened? | Consumer & Retail | pilotonline.com

Filed under: Macys,other malls — Anita @ 7:20 pm

57cb3f94cbac8-imageOnce hailed as the Western Branch borough’s economic savior, the mall has become one of its biggest concerns. What happened? A $73 million “commercial mortgage-backed security” loan, taken out during

Source: Chesapeake Square mall once was hailed as an economic savior. What happened? | Consumer & Retail | pilotonline.com
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April 30, 2016

That time Michaels didn’t get that I was teasing them on facebook

Filed under: what — Anita @ 9:48 pm

I saw something on the Michaels Crafts Facebook page and I referred to it as “Basic”, as in something with no creativity.

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…. Michaels liked it.

April 29, 2016

2 pics of the closed Macys in Hampton

Filed under: "coliseum mall",dead stores,Hampton — Anita @ 9:56 pm

A comment I screened last night with inaccurate information about the Peninsula Town Center reminded me that I forgot to post these. I took these almost a month ago. I went to buy a pair of shoes at Sneakers in the Town Center and rolled by Macys to take two last shots:
Macys, Hampton, VA Closed March 2016

The person who made the inaccurate comment thought that this was a brand new building, it’s not — It was built as a Thalhimers in the early 1970s.

Macys, Hampton, VA, Closed

I just read rhat First Watch, a brunch kind of place is planning on opening soon at the town center. Noodles and Co. is coming soon as well.

April 27, 2016

Midnight trip to dead mall (Dan Bell video)

Filed under: other malls — Anita @ 10:08 pm


I love the random guy they find who was having a cig and a beer at the dead mall at midnight. Don’t we all want to be that guy. 

April 4, 2016

Haunting photos of dead malls in Ohio – Business Insider

Filed under: other malls,Uncategorized — Anita @ 9:57 pm

(I love that this person’s graffiti tag is “potato :)” )

The ruins of the Rolling Acres Mall have been overtaken by foliage. “You can feel the memories,” the photographer says.

Source: Haunting photos of dead malls in Ohio – Business Insider

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