That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

June 25, 2005


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  1. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, check out Southgate Mall in Elizabeth City.
    It’s an approximately 250k sq foot local mall, and I can’t tell whether it could be classified as normal or on the way to ‘sick’. Anchors are Belk, JCPenney and Goody’s, if the latter can be even considered one… 🙂

    Comment by Andrew — April 17, 2008 @ 11:32 pm | Reply

  2. Hi! I’ve been a lurker on your blog for a few years now. So weird to find someone else from Hampton Roads who is as into dead malls as I am. There are three very small dead malls I was wondering if you knew about:

    The first is the outlet mall in Toano (right north of Williamsburg) that recently closed. Apparently they’re tearing it down to build a Harris Teeter. Last time I was in there was 2009/2010 when I knew a photographer who had a studio in there, they gave it to him rent free in exchange for doing their website. It was pretty dead by that point but for some reason held on for another four years or so with only one or two stores and no visitors. It’s weird because Thomas Nelson was really near by and you’d think they could have gotten a lot of people in there if they had anything decent.

    The second was a very small mall that was located next to the BJ’s on Virginia Beach Blvd. The shopping center is called Birchwood, but where there is now some kind of craft store and a big box store of some kind (it frequently changes hands) there was an enclosed mall. I remember they had several athletic wear stores and I think a small location of a now-defunct department store which was the anchor. That space is now a Burlington Coat Factory and I think that predated the mall being closed though the location now may be larger. This mall must’ve closed down around 2001 or earlier; I was a kid at the time but we shopped at BJ’s all the time and sometimes went in the mall; I think towards the later days they had a nail salon which survived the transition from a mall to a normal shopping center.

    The third is a small enclosed mall at Ward’s Corner in Norfolk. I think I might’ve gone there once or twice as a kid; it was only a few stores and maybe a fast food place with no anchor store. I have basically no memories of this one but was wondering if perhaps someone else might remember it better than I do.

    I love your blog and have a great day!

    Comment by LadyTudorRose — May 5, 2015 @ 2:34 am | Reply

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