That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

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

February 2, 2016

Kroger to anchor $60M renovation of Hampton shopping center

Filed under: dead stores,Hampton — Anita @ 11:56 am

I just found this out while dillydallying on the Daily Press’ webpage. It’s a miracle, you guys, a miracle.  This place has been dead since ’99:

 

One of the oldest shopping centers in Hampton’s Coliseum Central District is set for a $60 million overhaul pending the final sale of the property.

Hampton development officials announced plans Monday to redevelop the Riverdale Plaza Shopping Center, which includes plans for a new 123,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace grocery store to help anchor the project.

At Home, a national home décor and furniture store based in Plano, Texas, is also set to anchor the retail center at 1072 W. Mercury Blvd. with a 91,000-square-foot store, company officials announced last week.

Augusta, Ga.-based Southeastern Development Associates would maintain and manage the retail center once the sale of the property closes, said Southeastern Development Associates President Mark Senn.

Senn said officials plan to rename the aging center Riverpointe.

All parties involved in the final transaction, including Kroger, had not reached a final agreement on the property sale by press time Monday evening.

 

 

January 6, 2016

Macys at old Coliseum Mall Location to Close

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anita @ 8:26 pm

Macys at the former Coliseum Mall

(2007)

This didn’t surprise me at all. It’s an old location, the parking lot is never busy on Saturdays, and the store didn’t have a MAC counter.

Macys, Hampton, VA
(2010)

Gigantor Hecht's (Coliseum Mall, Hampton, VA)

(2005)

I’ve never shopped in this Macys. I go to the one in Colonial Heights for the Calvin Klein plus size dress selection, or the one in Newport News for their MAC counter.

Macys closing at the old Coliseum Mall

Macy’s plans to close three stores in Hampton Roads, including its store at Peninsula Town Center, by early spring, the company announced today.

The closure of the 173,000-square-foot store at Peninsula Town Center will affect 109 employees, according to a Wednesday news release.

The closure of stores at Military Circle Mall in Norfolk and Chesapeake Square in Chesapeake will affect 164 employees, according to the announcement.

Macy’s said it closed four stores last year and plans to close 36 more stores, including six in Virginia, over the next few months. Final clearance sales at those stores begin Jan. 11.

About 3,000 positions will be affected nationwide, the company reported.

Other stores closing in Virginia are: Virginia Center Commons in Glen Allen and the main store and furniture store in Regency Square in Richmond.

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(2010)

I’ve been to Regency Square a few times, their makeup department is upstairs which is strange. Several of my dreams have taken place up there.

January 2, 2016

2015 in review

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anita @ 1:38 pm

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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