That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

March 30, 2006

Microfilm Photocopy Scans Of Newmarket North / Newmarket Fair Mall

Filed under: newmarket fair mall,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 2:37 am

I got these at the Newport News public library main branch in February when I was doing research on a speech about the mall for my public speaking class:


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{Opening day tease ad that was in the newspaper leading up to the day the mall opened.}


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{Newmarket North Mall’s original logo.}


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{B. Dalton Bookseller advertisement. At the time of opening, Newmarket had two bookstores; a Waldenbooks (stayed open until 1995) and a B.Dalton (stayed open until 1991 I believe)}

Most of these are kinda big for a blog, so here are the links to them:

Sneak Preview of the mall a couple of days before it opened in March of 1975

Interior shot of the upper level of the mall

An original floor plan to the mall

Miller & Rhoads moving ad (M&R was in the shopping center across from Newmarket originally

Upperlevel Sears entrance. As of 2006, it still looks like this. (Sears owns their own building, so it did not move out when Netcenter took over the mall.)

The day I went to get these microfilm scans, I also went to Sears and I went upstairs to the plus size department and you can still see in the mall and it was funny to see people working at desks instead of stores.

Poor quality image of the upper level of the mall

Better quality image of the upper level of the mall. In this pic you can see the B. Dalton

Miller & Rhoads interior shot. M&R closed in 1990, and now Verizon owns the building.

I drove around to the Verizon building 2 months ago and you can see the labelscar from M&R still.

1990 remodel (November 11, 1990 Daily Press)

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Mall Manager Deborah Moreau in front of the new skylights.
This is a photocopy from a newspaper article the Newport News main library had. I wish I could’ve taken a picture of this pic in color. Deborah was wearing all turquoise, and turquoise was one of the mall’s new colors. She dressed like the mall! As you can see, the mall’s xmas decorations were up aleready. I think by 1995, they stopped putting them up.

The OMGZ glass enclosed elevator, I’ve only ridden on this 2 times maybe? The last time I did was in 2002 when I went to Verizon for a job fair.

The unfinished food court that was basically a flop


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The scary merrygoround. All those horses looked so angry. I always had a hard time getting on the horses. This one time when I was about 9, I was wearing a pair of shorts, and I got on the merrygoround with my mom’s help, and my legs stuck to the horse. I think I screamed as I was trying to get off of it. Mom yelled at me the whole way home I think.

1994 How’s Newmarket Fairing? Article

By 1994 the mall was dead:

Scan of Daily Press headline

Empty Stride Ride Bootery shoestore. My parents would take me here for my shoes growing up.

More microfilm scans here.



  1. From the 4/6/06 Daily Press: According to our archives, Newmarket North opened in 1975. In 1989, Goodman Segar Hogan bought the property and began a two-year, $9 million renovation and expansion project. In 1990, when the renovation was nearly complete, the mall was renamed “Newmarket Fair.” In 2000, Washington, D.C.-based companies NetCenter Partners and Hampton Partners purchased the 900,000-square-foot property on 53 acres and converted it into a business center with supporting retail, personal services and food service amenities called NetCenter.

    Comment by silverblue — April 6, 2006 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  2. […] mall — Anita @ 7:16 am I recently brought back out the few Newmarket North/Newmarket Fair microfilm scans I could get back in January of 2006 for a paper I’m working on. I forgot I had a somewhat […]

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  4. i remember they would have a haunted house upstairs during the Halloween season at newmarket north.It was pretty scary

    Comment by LON — May 20, 2012 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

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