That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

January 29, 2006

Every Fur Must Go…To The Thrift Store 10 Years Later

Filed under: dead chains,newmarket fair mall,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 10:18 pm

Every Fur Must Go…To The Thrift Store 10 Years Later
Originally uploaded by Look In The Tunk.

This is one of the old Miller & Rhoads ads I found in newspapers my dad kept from the 1980’s. I took this back in March of last year when I started to do research on Newmarket North/Newmarket Fair mall.

High Schoolers Will Take Pictures Of The Entrance Sign For Eons

Filed under: store profiles — Anita @ 10:13 pm

There’s finally a replacement for the empty barely built KMart in the Power Plant in Hampton, VA:

Page 1, Page 2.

Unfortunately, the building is too big and BJ’s has to tear it down before they start building.

January 20, 2006

The Real Risk? The Celing Caving In

Filed under: dead stores — Anita @ 4:11 am

I wrote Joy Buchanan over at The Daily Press (Hampton Roads’ newspaper) early last week about the the Toys R Us in Hampton, VA closing, and an article was finally written about it Tuesday:,0,1898130.story?coll=dp-business-localheads

Toys ‘R’ Us closing Hampton store, 74 others

The local location will end its sale Saturday and close its doors in early February.


January 17 2006

HAMPTON — The Toys “R” Us store on Mercury Boulevard will end its liquidation sale Saturday and the store will close in February.

The location is one of 75 Toys “R” Us stores in the United States that will close permanently, while 12 other locations will convert to Babies “R” Us stores, according to an SEC filing dated Jan. 9.

The company, which became private last year, said the closings were the result of a comprehensive review and evaluation of the American stores over the past few months. But the company identified “principal challenges and risks” to the company as increased competition from discount retailers Wal-Mart and Target, declining video game sales in the stores and increased competition with specialty retailers such as Electronics Boutique and Gamestop.

The employees at the Hampton location were notified in December that the store would close, but the company didn’t announce the closings until last week. The Hampton store began its sale after Christmas.

The four other Hampton Roads locations – Newport News, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach – will remain open. The Hampton store’s 29 employees are moving to other locations, including the Newport News store on Jefferson Avenue, or receiving severance packages, said Kathleen Waugh, a company spokeswoman.

A yellow banner announcing the sale hangs over the Hampton store’s logo on the front of the building. Many of the windows are taped over with signs announcing markdowns of up to 70 percent. By Monday, the remaining inventory had been put in the front of the store, leaving the aisles and shelves in the rear empty and blocked by yellow caution tape.

A recorded message blared over the intercom system, announcing that the fixtures were on sale. Bikes, stuffed animals, candy, videos and electronics, including video game console accessories, were marked down 50 percent or more. Signs also warned shoppers that the store no longer honors coupons or promotional ads because of the large discounts.

The liquidation will cost the company about $155 million, including $45 million lost to inventory markdowns and fees, according to the filing. The closures are also expected to eliminate 3,000 jobs nationwide.

Copyright © 2006, Daily Press


I wonder why the sale is ending Saturday, but the actual store isn’t closing until February. I guess because of the fixture sale. Too bad all they are really selling is cash registers and shelves. I want a shopping cart or the aforementioned doormat.

January 15, 2006

Untitled #4

Filed under: store profiles — Anita @ 2:52 am

Yesterday’s Find Of The Day on has Geoffrey and Baby Gee from Toys R Us in it!

January 13, 2006

Toys R Us Going Out Of Business Sale (Hampton, VA)

Filed under: dead stores — Anita @ 8:21 pm

Toys R Us Going Out Of Business (Hampton, VA)

The Toys R Us in Hampton, VA that I lived in until I was 10 is going out of business along with 70-something other locations.

This store is in pretty poor shape (it’s been a Toys R Us since either the late 70’s or early 1980’s) but I always held my breath every time Toys R Us did a massive closing, but this one just didn’t make it this time.

Toys R Us Going Out Of Business (Hampton, VA)

Geoffrey telling us where to put the carts at for the last time.

Toys R Us Going Out Of Business (Hampton, VA)

A busted up plastic cart (most of the carts in the store were the old timey metal kind) sitting next to the store. Mom and I always parked on the side of the store. I still remember every detail when we parked and walked up the sidewalk to the store.

Toys R Us Going Out Of Business (Hampton, VA)

This broke my heart the most. When I was little mom and dad would take me here about 3 times a month, we’d always drive to the back of the store to get out of the shopping center, and I always looked to see if the big Toys R Us truck with Geoffrey painted on it was there. ‘Cause Geoffrey was my freakin’ idol growing up.

I almost cried when I saw it was still parked back there.

Toys R Us Going Out Of Business Sale (Hampton, VA)

The anc-ient Hampton Plaza sign advertising Toys R Us as its main anchor. You know, I highly doubt that something will take this buildings place once it closes shop next week. (the signs on the windows said, “Last 10 Days!”)

And this was the last thing I’ll ever buy from the Hampton Toys R Us, a sunbleached Frank Grimes Simpsons playset:


The fixtures were also for sale in the store, and I asked if I could buy the doormat with Geoffrey on it, but the manager said it was not for sale because the store’s name was on it. I think some of the workers (who were in surprisingly good spirits, they must of gotten a great severance plan) really wanted me to buy it. There was even one guy who worked there who was riding a bike around the store. I wish I could’ve gotten a pic of that! As I was driving away from the store I waved “bye bye” to it and this woman crossing the street probably saw me and thought I was batshit insane.

January 10, 2006

Book Haven Going Out Of Business Sale (Franklin, VA)

Filed under: dead stores,franklin — Anita @ 2:05 am

Book Haven Going Out Of Business Sale (Franklin, VA)
Originally uploaded by Look In The Tunk.

No wonder this place is going out of business, its out in the middle of nowhere. The only way I found it today was when I drove around the the back of this shopping center in town.

It seemed to have a following though, judging by the books on the shelves this place has had to be here for fifteen years or more.

January 8, 2006

Angry Man Build Mall Soon To Be Dead Mall With Retro Wards

Filed under: — Anita @ 8:19 am

Oh my god, I just got this e-mail in my inbox, so funny (ok, at least to me):

NAME: Grafwritah (.com)
EMAIL: grafwritah@—–

Subject: A pic…
Mall(s): Regency Mall / Augusta GA
Message Type: Submission Existing

This is nothing exciting in regards to mall architecture but something perhaps
you could add “just because”. Besides, it puts a face with one of the masters
of mall creation.

And I’d say you’re researching, no?


That is a link but I don’t know that you will be able to pull it from that. If
you can’t, I can send it to you if you want it.

PIC: Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. at Regency Mall Opening Photograph
This 7.7″ by 10” (19.8 by 25.4 cm) image depicts Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. The
photograph was taken at the grand opening of the Regency Mall in Augusta,
Georgia in 1978. DeBartolo was a Youngstown business leader who amassed one of
the nation’s largest business conglomerates. He constructed the early malls and
shopping centers in the suburbs around Youngstown, to which some attribute the
demise of downtown Youngstown. Twice Forbes magazine named him the wealthiest
man in Ohio.

Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. in the Smokey Hollow section of Youngstown, Ohio. His
father, Anthony Paonessa, an immigrant from Bari, Italy, died two months before
he was born. In 1914, his stepfather Michael DeBartolo started a construction
company in Youngstown, where Edward worked from an early age. He graduated from
South High School in Youngstown in 1927 and from the University of Notre Dame
in 1932 with a degree in civil engineering. In 1935, he began building a series
of innovative single-family residences in a Youngstown suburb. After serving in
the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, he married Marie Patricia
Montani and founded the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation. By 1949, the company
built the first shopping plaza in the greater Youngstown area, the Belmont
Avenue Shopping Center. Boardman Plaza, an Austintown shopping center, and
Southern Park Mall followed. DeBartolo also developed properties in Pittsburgh
and Akron. In 1976 he opened the world’s largest mall at Richmond Park, near

In 1987 DeBartolo bought the Higbee Company for $165 million and Federal
Department Stores, Inc. a year later. In 1994, the DeBartolo real estate
investment trust, DeBartolo Realty Corp. made its debut on the New York Stock
Exchange. Edward DeBartolo also owned sports venues and teams, starting with
Thistledown racetrack near Cleveland in 1959. Balmoral, outside Chicago, and
Louisiana Downs in Shreveport followed. The company added the Pittsburgh Civic
Arena, three professional sports teams in Pittsburgh, the San Francisco 49ers,
and 52 video game parlors.

Collection Name:
Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. Photograph Collection
Business and Labor; Shopping centers; Stores & shops; Rites & ceremonies;
DeBartolo, Edward J.
Youngstown (Ohio); Mahoning County (Ohio); Augusta (Georgia)
Online access is provided for research purposes only.
For more information, duplication requests, or to see the item or full
collection in its original (non-digital) format, please contact the
contributing institution. Contact information is provided below.
Contributor: Youngstown State University Archives & Special Collections
One Youngstown Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555
(330) 941-3487
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