That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

March 13, 2021

Three purposed plans for MacArthur Center (Norfolk, VA)

Filed under: deadmalls — Anita @ 9:39 pm

Keep in mind, these are just “we’re thinking about it” plans. I didn’t even realize that the place was becoming a dead mall until Nordstrom moved out a year and a half ago.

https://archive.is/oyG6K — I don’t like the misleading title that it may hit the wrecking ball. I really think that idea will be the absolute last resort. The one that seems the most feasible (to me!) would be the offices on the first floor/stores on the second floor.

https://archive.is/7znRi — this article is from wvec, the local station in Norfolk.

I haven’t been to the mall since December of 2019. I noticed that the Dillards there sells vintage used Louis Vuitton purses. That’s interesting.

/edit, 4/6/2021/

There was a false post on a real estate site this weekend stating that the mall was up for sale. It’s not for sale.

December 9, 2020

424. Black Friday though the years (Hampton/Newport News, VA), part 2, 1990-1999 (crosspost from my “history” blog)

A reminder of the movers and shakers and failures of the retail landscape of Hampton and Newport News back then: 

Coliseum Mall

Newmarket North / Newmarket Fair Mall 

Patrick Henry Mal

Bart is the star of 1990′s coverage. My mom loved Everything’s a $1.00 back then. It felt like we were at the Newmarket location every weekend when I was in the first grade. I found a copy of the Simpsons Christmas book there. K&K Toys was an unfortunate name for a store. 

Oh boy, this is the beginning of the end of Newmarket Fair Mall (formerly known as Newmarket North). They had just finished 10 months of remodeling, just to have several stores leave after their leases expired, and one of the anchor stores, Miller & Rhoads closed the year before. This is the final time in Daily Press history that Newmarket Fair Mall is mentioned in Black Friday coverage. 

1991

The Fisher-Price Game table! With the commercial where the boys played games on the table all day and half the night! 

This was the first year that Kmart decided to be redic. and stay open on Thanksgiving. My mom and I were there that day! This was the thanksgiving that my dad was out to sea, and mom decided that we would just eat at Piccadilly Cafeteria at Coliseum Mall that day and hit KMart later to pick up Home Alone on VHS. 

Note that Newmarket Fair wasn’t mentioned! 

President Bush bought some Reeboks and slime for the grandkids. 

1992

1992′s coverage was sparse. Rollerblade dolls were hot. 

1993

Roses got a shout out. This was right before they turned into a dump. Still a dump in 2020! Newmarket Fair which was one foot in the grave at this point, only receiving a quick Sears mention. Above is a Proffitt’s ad from 1996 that shows what the Cracker Jack sale was all about. Proffitt’s didn’t last long at Coliseum, closed in 1997 and then Dillard’s moved in. 

1994

This was the first year my paper went to WalMart, which is strange considering WalMart opened around 1991 in Hampton. Took them three years to get there. Maybe the Newport News location was new in 1994. There was a $139 VCR on sale at WalMart if you got there at six am. 

The Cracker Jack promo was back at Proffitt’s. I forgot that they had two separate stores in Coliseum Mall, because they took over the old Children’s Palace and Hess’s store. So if you needed women’s clothes and men’s clothes, you had to go clear across the mall for the men’s clothes.  

Our Super KMart got a mention too. 

1995 

1995 feels like the first year that the discount stores beat the malls in popularity on Black Friday.  Hills, which had just opened in Hampton was the the star in 1995. By January of 1997, they were toast. The store stayed vacant from 1997-2017 when an At Home store finally moved in. 

My mom and I actually went to Coliseum Mall on Black Friday that year. The first time I had ever been to the stores that day. I don’t remember it being that crazy.

1995 was also the last year someone said they were excited to go to Montgomery Ward. 

1996

Aw, weeks before Hills closed, and months after we got our first Target. Brenda forgot her shoes! Jeanie got her Tickle Me Elmo! Internet greetings at Patrick Henry Mall! People fought over a dinky gift bag at Target!: 

1997

Daily Press didn’t have the 1997 newspaper.

I saved this paper when I was 15! I’m surprised Montgomery Ward carried Furby. 

1999

Barely any mall coverage in 1999, mostly focusing on stores like Toys R Us and the guy who hoarded all those monitors at CompUSA. Check out Carol and her walkie talkie! 

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December 7, 2020

424. Black Friday though the years (Hampton/Newport News, VA), part 1, 1980-1989 [crosspost]

(cross post from my “history” blog)

I know everything is going wrong right now, and I know, priorities, but sometimes I really just miss going to the store. I didn’t do Black Friday in person this year, due to the obvious. I only went grocery shopping for my mom on Black Friday this year. 

(Woolco, 1980 or 1981) 

So beginning with the parade on Thanksgiving, I hopped on ProQuest and began looking at my local newspapers for their Black Friday coverage in the 80s and 90s. 

I’ll try and set up the retail landscape of the area to the best of my ability and using my retail blog for assistance. Here’s all my information about Newmarket North / Newmarket Fair Mall. It started dying in 1989 when local retailer Miller & Rhoads shut down. By 1994 it was pretty much toast other than Sears, and around 1997, the former anchor stores were renovated into offices. Now the mall is all offices, except for the empty Sears which closed in 2018 and was one of the last locations in the state, and the Piccadilly cafeteria. 

Coliseum Mall was the mall in the area until about 2003? when Burlington Coat Factory moved in at the old Montgomery Wards, and Dillards moved out. After that, things went downhill fast, and by 2007 the mall was town down, and was rebuilt into an open air shopping area with apartments and a big Target and a rebuilt JCPenney. 

1980

Shopping was “fast and furious” at Newmarket by 11am. The stores opened at … 8am. Toys R Us and Lionel Playworld were new to the area. 

1981

This is the only photo I’ve seen of this JCPenney location that was almost across the street from Newmarket North Mall, at the Newmarket South Shopping Center. I was surprised that it was still open in 1981, considering that Coliseum Mall had a giant JCPenney just a five minute drive away. 

1982

Five people had to direct traffic at Coliseum Mall! 

Unfortunately, ProQuest did not have the 1983 paper. Which I’m so mad about because I was born in 1983. 

1984

Back when there was traffic on Mercury Blvd. Also, can’t you imagine a giant six kid family coming out of that giant van in the parking lot?

1985

1985′s coverage was half-rear ended. It’s truly bizarre to me to picture Newmarket North being busy. By the time my first real memories begin in 1988, 1989, I never remembered the mall being “busy”. 

1986

Okay, so I had no clue that Sears was still selling real fur coats in their stores in 1986. I didn’t think Sears old fur coats all, even in the catalogs at this point. Miller & Rhoads had an on site fur vault at their Newmarket location. I wonder why those ladies weren’t picketing that.

1987

How could I forget 1987?! That was the year that the next town over, Newport News got their own mall: Patrick Henry Mall. Although in the beginning things seemed awfully slow according to this article.

Check out the Fisher Price vacuum cleaner a couple is buying at the Children’s Palace toy store at Coliseum Mall. I had one of those! 

1988

As I said earlier, my earliest memories begin in 1988, 1989. My parents did NOT go to Coliseum Mall back then, citing that it was always so crowded. So I have no memories of that mall until the mid 90s.

Nintendo Computer Games

1989

Wendy just wanted the 106 fm Wild Money Man. 

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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.

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