That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

May 23, 2005

Saturday Night At The ‘Kar Show!

Filed under: dead stores — Anita @ 3:42 am

During my years I lived in Hampton, VA (1983 [the year I was born] to 2000) there was this shopping center about 15 minutes away from our house. I think the name of this place was Langley Plaza. It’s anchors were Ames and Be-Lo. And the rest were just dog groomers, hair salons, a karate studio and I think there was a pet store. When Ames closed in December of 1989 or January of 1990, this place died. I don’t remember many details, but I know thae the “Ames” sign stayed on the store for almost ten years! I know the Bi-Lo pulled out some time in the mid 1990’s.

This place stayed dead (with just the pet groomer and the hair salon and the karate studio, I think) until 1999 when some people finally came in there and re did the place. It was finished in 2001, and the former Ames was a Food Lion (ugggh—I hate Food Lion, they’re every where out in my parts, and that makes me so angry), and a Sally Beauty Supply was built, and some cheapo clothes store was built. If you passed by there now you would have no clue that this place was a rat hole just seven years ago.

Which brings me to the title of this entry. When this shopping center was a rathole, these kids would do Car Shows in the parking lot on Satuday nights. Around this time I was going a tutor for homework help, and the tutors neice was telling us how this guy came up to her one night and told her “You want to go with me Saturday Night To The ‘Kar Show?” in this Bostonian accent. They did these car shows at the Langley Square shopping center until it was redone. I think the cops had to go by there a lot those Saturday nights.

I don’t know what ever happend to my tutor or her niece, but “Saturday night at the car show” will always live on with me. It was one of our little inside jokes.

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1 Comment »

  1. Interesting. The high school kids used to have Kar Shows in the old Rocky Mount Shoppers Morld parking lot when I was younger.

    Comment by Steven Swain — May 23, 2005 @ 7:01 am | Reply


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