That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

October 14, 2005

All Yellow. All Commuter.

Filed under: patrick henry mall — Anita @ 2:15 am

Patrick Henry Mall’s renovation is coming along swimmingly:

{I took these in September}

The Soon To Be New Again Patrick Henry Mall
{That’s the entrance I usually use}

All Yellow. All Commuter.

Here’s a pic I took in June of the renovatons the old Dillard’s Mens and Children’s Department:

Former Dillards Mens and Kids department. (moved and gutted 2005) [Patrick Henry Mall, Newport News, VA]

Here’s a really bad pic I took in August of one of the entrances:

Patrick Henry's Remodel

It’s Worse Now

Filed under: "coliseum mall",,J.C. Penney — Anita @ 1:21 am

Now I have known Brian at for about six months now. Little did I know he had crappy photos of one of my dead malls; Coliseum Mall in Hampton, VA. I asked him if I could have them and he said yes.

Here is his story on why they look so bad:

I had a digital camera that crapped out . I couldn’t download the pics off the camera, so I took pics of them on the crappy display screen on the camera, then brought the camera back. It was a 1 MP camera from target I got on clearance for $16.

These are from May of 2002:

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{this is Wards that isn’t there anymore, a Burlington Coat Factory is where Wards was, and the stores next to it are now Barnes and Noble and Steve and Barry’s}

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{this is practically the only time that I’ve seen a “modern” Wards fixture in a dead mall. Most dead malls that had Wards were using the 70’s or 80’s signs until Wards went bankrupt. I also forgot about the ghetto painted palmtrees they had up when Wards closed}

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–My “main” Coliseum Mall blog entry.

Robots To Clean Rooms With

Filed under: commercials — Anita @ 1:19 am

I found a BEST store ad on

I saw that robot in the ad at a thrift store in 2001, and I almost bought him. One half of me wishes I did, but the other half doesn’t. He’d be in storage right now anyway.

October 9, 2005

Newmarket Fair Mall Santa! (1989)

Filed under: Christmas,newmarket fair mall — Anita @ 8:46 pm

Newmarket Fair Mall Santa! (1989)
Originally uploaded by Look In The Tunk.

There’s this website/blog called Santa & Me and I sent it along to the guy who works on the site.

I was six in the photo. I remember my dad took me that night to see Santa while mom went Christmas shopping at Sears—this was back when Newmarket actually had stores, you know?

When the mall got remodeled in 1990, the “Santa Wonderland” (it wasn’t called that, but that’s what I’ll call it) had like these 40 foot wooden turquoise and teal solders, and like an 18 foot tall teddy bear. I wish I had photos of it.

Where VA Diner Signs Come To Die

Filed under: signs — Anita @ 7:36 pm

Where VA Diner Signs Come To Die
Originally uploaded by Look In The Tunk.

This garage was next to my old house in Wakefield where the VA Diner packing plant is. It’s the parking sign for the Virginia Diner, a very popular eatery for tourists.

I swear this sign had just been taken down within the last year, but dad says its an old sign.

I took that pic back in May.

October 3, 2005

Mobil Gas Station (closed Oct. 2005) Franklin, VA

Filed under: dead stores,franklin — Anita @ 12:27 am

Grew Legs And Left

I swear I saw this place open Friday when I passed by it, and it was closed Saturday morning.

I also spotted a newly renovated Shell station in Suffolk, VA that had recently closed, its gas pumps taken out.

///edit — October 9, 2005///

Apparently the people who own this gas station is changing it over to a Sunoco. It will open early next year. If I can remember, I’ll take pics during the changeover.

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