That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

June 25, 2005


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June 23, 2005

Hills & Farmer Jack (abandoned 1997 & 1998)

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Super Fresh/Farmer Jack, Hampton, VA (Closed 1999)//

On my birthday this past Monday a friend and I went to go shopping in one of my childhood shopping centers – Riverdale Shopping Center in Hampton, VA. It’s two (out of three) anchors were still vacant, and they’ve been for almost 10 years!

The Hills closed first in January of 1997 when I was in the 8th grade and 13 years old. I recently gave an article about the store closing and a photo of the building in its Hills days to the man who runs the Two days after that article was ran in the paper, the store was closed. They didn’t even have a going out of business sale.

Super Fresh/Farmer Jack, Hampton, VA (Closed 1999)//

Super Fresh/Farmer Jack Hampton, VA closed since 1999.//

The Farmer Jack was next to go in 1998. From as long as I can remember to 1997, the store was a Super Fresh, but in the late 1990’s the Super Freshes out here were transformed into Farmer Jacks. They were only open for a year, and all the Farmer Jacks in the area were shut down. It’s a shame another grocery store hasn’t moved in, I mean its a pretty funky looking building.

//edit, 2020//

A Kroger is on the land this building once stood on.

June 8, 2005

Howard Johnsons Restaurant (closed 1980–replaced?) Newport News, VA

Filed under: dead stores,store profiles — Anita @ 2:27 am

I became a tad bit interested in the dying Howard Johnsons restaurants when Brian Florence from brought it up in the deadmalls blog. So I went to to find out more, and lo and behold, I had been passing by a closed Howard Johnsons this whole time. (I wrote about it last month)

So last Friday I decided to do a drive-by. (and yes, whenever I see the phrase “drive by” I think of Chester from Sifl & Olly too) Oh, oh man! Check it out:

China Buffet (former Howard Johnsons)

Golden City (Former Howard Johnsons)

I sent these photos to the man who runs Orange Roof, Rich and he was kind enough to put them on his site. Yay!

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