That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

August 18, 2005

How? Or Why?

Filed under: franklin,store profiles — Anita @ 10:01 pm


Why on EARTH is Roses still in business?!? This store has to be the most junkiest, poorest department store I’ve ever been in. This place is worse than KMart! I think they’re only in VA and NC, though. I think there are only 5 or 6 Roses left in VA. I could be wrong though.

Do they even have a website??!? From a quick Google search, I don’t think they do.

I remember growing up in Hampton, VA in the early 1990’s and a brand new Roses was built about 15 minutes away from my house, and my parents and I went there all the time, and I mean this place was pretty nice, I remember it even having a nice arts and crafts section.

It only lived about 2 1/2 years, closing in the summer of 1994. Now its West, a telemarketing place that employed half of the students at my alma mater; Kecoughtan High School in their school years.



  1. Roses has a market: aspirational shoppers from Dollar General. LOL

    Comment by Steven Swain — August 20, 2005 @ 4:16 am | Reply

  2. I’ve always enjoyed Roses. They recently opened a new one here in Greensboro. Unfortunately it’s not up to my personal “Code of Retail Expectations”.

    Comment by Billy — August 29, 2005 @ 10:14 pm | Reply

  3. Out west check out a place called Pamida …I swear, they are real. I grew up with Rose’s also …can’t believe they are hanging on. I’ve started collecting photos of old churches in and around Romania if anyone wants a look :

    Comment by todd — January 30, 2006 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

  4. Your mystery store in downtown Franklin was built in a trademark style used by Colonial Stores, the Norfolk – Atlanta based grocers. Their pylon buildings were built only between 1952 and 1955, and as far as I remember, the only other one in Tidewater was at Langley Circle in Hampton. I have grand opening photos.
    On another subject, Roses was a proud southern retailer until Wal-Mart came along. Founded in 1915 as a 5&10, they were located on main streets throughout North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina primarily until their first discount store opened in Spartanburg in 1960s. Growing up in Tidewater in the 1960s, Roses had the largest number of locations of any discounter and was the place to shop. Sadly, the company was “wal-marted” in the 1990s and has found a new niche to survive.
    Wayne Henderson, historian, Kernersville, NC

    Comment by Wayne Henderson — October 13, 2007 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  5. Roses has over 100 stores. They are a division of Variety Wholsale Co. (which does have a website). The store that you remember went bankrupt because they were not profitable. 100 over their stores were purchased by Variety Wholsale, which now runs them at a profit.

    Comment by David Jackson — December 20, 2008 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  6. Roses is still around in Chesapeake. I have fond memories of the one my great-grandmother took me to in Virginia Beach (in the shopping center with A&P Supermarket, Peoples, and High’s Ice Cream) when I was super young. I will never forget “Horsie”, the trusty yellow mechanical steed that stood outside awaiting to be fed quarters. The toy isles where all the jigsaw puzzles, generic Barbies, and Micro Machines seemed to all be thrown together into piles of junk to sort through. Jelly shoes and Tinkerbell cosmetics. Yet I am willing to leave those cherished memories in the past where they belong and also pose the question: How the hell are they still open?

    Comment by ellez — August 13, 2009 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

    • Ellez,
      you’re goin back if youre talking about ‘Peoples Drug’ & ‘Highs Ice Cream’ at Haygood shopping center.. that was the mid 80s right?
      That Roses that was tucked in the center of that shopping center limped all thru the 90s & early 21st century, finally closing in 06.

      Comment by H. Smith — September 23, 2009 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

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