That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

February 25, 2007

Newmarket North Mall Original Tenant List (1975)

Filed under: newmarket fair mall,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 7:16 am

Newmarket North/Newmarket Fair Mall floorplans

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 complete list (albeit in pieces so I can’t just you know scan it) of the original tenants on opening day (March 26, 1975). Here is the best copy I have of the directory.

(the number corresponding with the store is what space they were in in the mall)

Women’s Wear

Casual Corner -75

Foxmoor Casuals – 18

Frederick’s of Hollywood -89

Hanna’s – 96 (I believe that Hanna’s moved from Newmarket South Shopping Center along with Miller & Rhoads)

Joseph R. Harris -62

Kanter’s – 31

Lerner Shops – 44

Susie’s Casuals -5


Butler Shoes – 8

Hofheimers – 94

Kinney Shoes – 6

Thom McAn -19 (this place was here until about 1995)

Men’s Wear

Country Legend – 92

Stiches – 47 (I had an unused notebook that was a Stiches giveaway from the 80’s that I found at the old Salvation Army on Mercury Blvd a few years ago, but its in storage now)


Barclay & Sons – 66 (this was still open in the mid 90’s)

D. P. Paul – 95

Gordon’s – 36

Treasure Chest – 11

Weisfield’s – 42


O’Neill’s Card Shop – 29


Baskin Robbin’s 31 Flavors Ice Cream – 34 (Lasted until about 1995)

Chick-fil-a – 33 (I think this place lasted until the late 1990’s)

Fanny Farmer – 51

General Nutrition Center – 102 (I remember going in here with my mom in 1994)

Hickory Farms-46 (closed in about 1994-ish)

Orange Julius – 73

Morrison’s Cafeteria – 54 (this place is still open but changed hands to Piccaddily in the late 1990’s)

Morrow’s Nut House – 37

Sal’s Italian Restaurant – 81 (I think my folks and I ate here when I was about 5 years old in 1989 if in fact this place was still open in 1989)

Household & Dry Goods

Singer – 45

So-Fro Fabrics – 99

Seasonal & Miscellaneous

B. Dalton Bookseller – 64

Lowrey Organ Center – 28

Nautilus – 23

Parklane Hosiery – 10 (we used to buy my pantyhose for my dance outfits here when I was 5, 6 years old in 1989, 1990)

Pearle Optical – 13

Things Remembered – 69

Tinder Box – 71

Toy City – 65

WaldenBooks – 16 (left in about 1995, 1996 sometime around then)

Wide World of Music – 17


Newmarket North 4 Theaters – 39 (this place had to leave after 1992, ’cause in late 1992 I saw Home Alone 2 Lost In New York at this theatere)

And of course the original and only anchors the mall ever had Sears, Leggett, and Miller & Rhoads, which in 2007 are Sears, Northrop Grumman, and Verizon, and of course the mall is now Netcenter. A lot of the stores are now Amsec (my dad works for Amsec, but I don’t think he ever has to go to the Netcenter location) I keep on forgetting to mention that if you drive by the old M&R building you can still see Miller & Rhoads’s labelscar, I’ve just never been able to get a photo because Verizon employees are always standing outside.



  1. Don’t forget Cargo furniture which was just down from Sears, past the hallway to go to Morrison’s. McDonalds restaurant (left) and Deb’s (right side) were down by Miller and Rhodes. I wish I could remember the pet stores name, it was located next to the video arcade location (near Sears).

    Comment by Urban Cowboy — July 10, 2007 @ 9:46 am | Reply

  2. Doctor pet center.

    Comment by Bob — September 30, 2008 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  3. others there, at some point:

    Haversham Plantation
    Gazebo (gifts)
    Summitt Stationers
    Circus World (toys)
    SCAN Furniture
    a tobacco shop with lots of toys for adults (NOT “adult toys”)

    Comment by Cathy — October 21, 2008 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  4. Does anyone recall the restaurant that was upstairs between Miller & Rhoades and B Dalton book store? It was sort of like an old pub that was dimly lit with dark wooded tables.

    Comment by Elias — March 23, 2009 @ 2:41 pm | Reply

    • York Steak House

      Comment by Lisa — February 18, 2012 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  5. If it wasn’t mentioned, don’t forget:
    – Spencer’s gifts
    – The Earring Tree
    – Camelot Music
    – Treasury Drug
    – Friendly’s (?) Restaurant

    Comment by Xander — November 19, 2009 @ 1:34 am | Reply

    • Baker shoes was close to the Sears and upstairs there was Musicland (my friend worked there) Cablevision at the Miller and Rhodes end.

      Comment by paul — November 15, 2016 @ 11:05 pm | Reply

  6. Man, I just remembered when there was a cafeteria-style restaurant INSIDE the Sears (2nd floor). Very bizarre and very cool.

    Comment by Xander — November 19, 2009 @ 1:37 am | Reply

  7. I remember the dimly lit restaurant upstairs. My mom and grandma dragged me up there all the time.

    Comment by smithfield va — December 12, 2009 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

    • I seem to remember a dimly lit restaurant as well. Hmm.

      Comment by Anita — December 20, 2009 @ 12:34 am | Reply

  8. Sometime, gotta scan or photograph old Tinder Box bag from back in the day. As a late teens pretense/gateway to cigarettes, I got a few cigars and later a pipe & tobacco from that Newmarket North store.

    Comment by Kevin Seward — December 30, 2009 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

  9. Okay, Tinder Box scans here:

    All stuff from the old Newmarket North store circa 1978.

    Comment by Kevin Seward — December 30, 2009 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  10. Does anyone remember the restaurant that was upstairs near Miller and Rhoades? It was dimly lit and all the tables/chairs were made from real heavy wood. It was cafeteria style and they served mostly American food. I think it may have had an Irish name and was there for several years. I cannot remember the name and it’s been driving me nuts for a while.

    Comment by David — March 26, 2010 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  11. It wasn’t Morrisons either. This was upstairs a between B Dalton bookstore and Miller and Rhodes.

    Comment by David — March 26, 2010 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  12. I believe you are talking about York Steakhouse.

    Comment by Bob — April 23, 2010 @ 10:56 pm | Reply

    • York Steakhouse is a good guess and that could possibly be it. I remember the name but not 100% that was the location of York. I thought it had an Irish name????

      Comment by David — September 10, 2010 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  13. The Bread Basket

    Comment by Barry — September 20, 2010 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

  14. I was the asst. security cheif at N.M.N. before I when on to Carolina East Mall in 1979. The first owner of the mall was Erenst W. Hahn from Ca.

    Comment by Barry — September 20, 2010 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  15. It’s a shame few if any photos exist of the mall stores during it’s heyday. I’d give anything to visually re-visit the interior of Newmarket North during the 70s to early 80s. I’ve been trying desperately to find a photo of the exterior of the Nautilus but haven’t had any luck.

    Comment by Dee — November 3, 2010 @ 10:10 pm | Reply

    • Yeah I’ve been looking for non-newspaper photos of the mall from any time era, and they’re impossible to find.

      Comment by Anita — November 4, 2010 @ 12:15 am | Reply

  16. I am new to this website, but there are several things that I remember about the Newmarket North Mall. Like many of you on this site, this was also a hangout place for me during the eighties and early nineties.
    Newmarket was the place to be for Santa’s arrival after Thanksgiving! It was a huge deal at this mall. This is of course, before Patrick Henry Mall’s time. I was one of the many excited children at Newmarket as Santa appeared and sat on his red throne surrounded by countless children in the center of the mall. This was a big event at the mall up until the early nineties. By then many stores had already closed.

    In the mid nineties, specialty vendor events were still taking place like “Comics and Collectibles”. There was also another event for “Antiques” where different vendors would set up shop in the central corridors of the mall. It was a great way to find collectibles generally for cheap. I completed some of my Garbage Pail Kids sets this way!

    April 1992, the Virginia Living Museum opened up a Dinosaur and Reptile Exhibit on the second floor in what used to be Miller Rhoeds. The family and I went there at least once. It was both an exhibit which contained animatronic dinosaurs and a reptile zoo which contained various snakes, turtles, and in the entrance, a massive live anaconda! The gift shop was cool too.

    The theater lasted a good long while. The last movie I saw there was Madeline (1998). There was a comic-book shop set up next door. The theater itself closed not long after, but I remember for the longest time that you could still look inside through the grate and boards and see the empty snack bar. I was quite disheartened when I saw that it had closed.

    There was a McDonald’s in the “food court” when the food court was actually downstairs. I remember it was (to a little boy’s perspective) a big walk-in McDonald’s. Chick-Fil-A opened up not too far from it. There was a Basken Robins ice cream beside the Chick-Fil-A. Both places were quite popular. This was before the food court opened up stairs.

    One of the last stores I remember seeing that was open past 2001 was Gazebo Gifts which was a small niche store that sold figurines, ornaments, and misc household décor. It was there that I found some vintage Star Wars / Return of The Jedi coloring books! I’m not too sure how this store made it, but it survived well past the majority of all the other stores. And to top it off, it was in the one corner of the mall that had largely been vacated. Tilt – the arcade, Chick-Fil-A, McDonald’s, Leggitt’s, etc were gone long before this shop was gone!

    I have so many other stories about Newmarket North Mall. Let me know if want to hear anymore!

    Comment by Joshua — February 4, 2011 @ 3:10 am | Reply

    • We want to hear more! The last movies I saw there were Superman and Fatso. Remember the custom t-shirt shops that would select a graphic or lettering and make a t-shirt?

      Comment by David — February 11, 2011 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

      • Fatso sounds like the most offensive movie ever.

        Comment by Anita — February 11, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

  17. I now live in Texas and have been here for a few years now. It’s been a long while since I last visited Newmarket North Mall. The last time I was there (est. 2006), I visited Sears.
    A funny thing, Sears has changed very little in the last twenty years (or last I saw). Last I saw, the clothing departments were in the same general areas as was the shoe department. Toys used to be downstairs in the corner, but now that space is for refrigerators and electronics. So if you ever visit Sears there and you’re in the midst of the fridges, remember that in the eighties, toys used to be in that spot. I bring that point up because for me, that was the best part of Sears! It was a real shame when they stopped selling toys there back in the mid nineties. Before they stopped selling toys there, they moved the toy department to the center of the store, right beside the escalators.
    It seems that by 2002 era, they did bring back toys, but only as a much smaller department, like only one aisle and it was near power tools (of all places). Anyone else remember that?

    The layaway center and I believe, tools have always been the areas that they still occupy. But I do know that clothing definitely has always been in the areas that they still are in.
    I go into great detail with the layout of Sears because that is the one place that has changed very little since the eighties.

    Right outside the main entrance of Sears (first floor) was a “play area” complete with a large television that played cartoons. When this section was installed (early nineties?) it also had a children’s play place complete with little spring loaded ponies. You know, you’d sit on it and push forward then the spring would push you back and you’d back and forth. These mini-rides were very popular about twenty years ago. You can still find them on some restaurant playgrounds.

    The television did play cartoons, I don’t remember what, though. I do remember at one time, it played a John Lithgow program where he was singing to kids! It would play over and over again, even when no one was around. That was always weird for me: hearing all this joyous music and kids laughing on TV and no one around. The sounds would echo off the bare walls.

    Anyway, the children’s playground was eventually removed when a much larger children’s playground was constructed inside the mall. About the mid nineties, one of the defunct clothing stores was converted into a huge playground. It was on the second floor not too far from Sears. All it was really was a large playground that contained little playsets for kids like castles and kitchens. There were mini basketball hoops, lots of balls. I mean it was a place specifically for kids and it was great! There were lots of seats for parents to sit and watch their kids play.
    You didn’t have to pay to get in or anything. You’d just come in and start playing! I remember it was always full of kids (when the mall was still popular, that is). It was really sad to see that also closed in the late nineties along with everything else.

    K B Toys was not too far from the playground either, also on the second floor. That place lasted a good long while, but also closed, I think the late nineties as well. I remember the last few times I visited it, there was no one inside except a bored cashier. Plenty of good deals though!

    Waldens Books was also one of the last stores to stay open. It was on the first floor almost right across from K B Toys. In the early 2000/2001, they moved it to another location in the mall, which I thought was odd. It was moved only a couple stores down from where it was originally. And then it also closed not long after that!

    There was indeed a pet shop in the mall, and for a while there, I thought it was the best pet shop in the whole area! It had everything that any petshop would have, but I thought it had an awesome aquarium section. That was in the back and had all kinds of fish and water-based animal life.

    I have read over the detail info on this website and I can confirm that it is true.
    I will share more that I remember about Newmarket North Mall soon.

    Comment by Joshua — February 13, 2011 @ 1:32 am | Reply

  18. Miscellany about Newmarket North stores circa late 70s:

    I remember Friendly’s that Xander mentioned above, circa late ’70s. Across the hallway from where the Newmarket North cinema was. Not sure how long that was there. Seems like Friendly’s was new to the area, not the institution it was elsewhere.

    Camelot Music I believe is the record store I malingered in for hours, browsing, rarely buying.

    I recall some salesman/organist playing at the Lowery Organ Center, looking to draw in customers.

    I got glasses at Pearle Optical. If I run across any arcana, will post.

    In the nineties, I think there was a musical instrument store on the 2nd level near Sears. Don’t know if it lasted long. Most Peninsula music stores were in not too pricey retail spaces.

    No pictures, sorry. Wasn’t much of shutterbug in the days of film. (What’s documented nowadays with camera phones etc. will be something to behold in retrospect.)

    Comment by Kevin Seward — February 28, 2011 @ 11:44 am | Reply

  19. I think it was DoctorX Pet Center.

    Comment by Fred — March 24, 2011 @ 7:36 am | Reply

  20. I grew up in the neighborhood directly behind the mall. As a kid I remember the fun I had climbing the pyramid- like brick structures outside the mall. The first toy store wasn’t KB Toys, it was Circus World. Nautilus, Spencer Gifts, and the old Radio Shack were favorite hangouts. I believe there were 2 music stores – Camelot and my favorite Musicland. Remember Ritz Camera’s? Free samples at Hickory Farms? I also remember many a day leading up to Christmas working at the Parkview Baptist Church gift wrap booth near the Mall entrance at Morrison’s (not Piccaddily) across from the Nautilus.

    Comment by Kim — March 9, 2012 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

  21. I remember WQRK-FM (Q 104 1/2) had a remote DJ booth to the right hand site of Nautilus. They didn’t use it very much.

    Comment by Bob — March 10, 2012 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

  22. Treasury Drug was a nice little drugstore. It was upstairs close to the Sears entrance.

    Comment by Bob — March 10, 2012 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

  23. The rustic restaurant was Sword & Kilt.

    Comment by Sparky — July 24, 2013 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

    • I believe The Sword and Kilt was at Thalhimers 2nd floor in Coliseum Mall right. Not Newmarket North, correct?

      Comment by Joe — February 2, 2016 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

      • Yes that was at coliseum.

        Comment by Anita — February 12, 2016 @ 8:30 am

  24. don’t forget Kay’s jewelers, Dutch maid donuts Tiffany’s bakery and a bridal shop that was upstairs. and of course Tina the talking Christmas tree. regis hair. And also A c&p telephone store.

    Comment by shelley — July 24, 2013 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  25. I will always remember the huge model train layouts during the Christmas season. I also got a picture of me (as a kid) with KITT from Knight Rider!

    Comment by Robert — October 9, 2014 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

  26. I’m trying to find out the name of the bakery that was actually located in New Market South Mall the small strip mall that was across the street from Newmarket North mall if you know the name of that bakery I would appreciate it greatly thank you

    Comment by Jacqueline Machner — February 11, 2016 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

    • I believe it was “crumbs”.

      Comment by Anita — February 12, 2016 @ 8:30 am | Reply

      • Anita beat me to it. It was Crum’s. They were well known in the area.

        Comment by Bob Morris — February 12, 2016 @ 10:58 am

    • Correct – It was “Crumb’s Bakery”. They had the best sticky buns I’ve ever tasted. But they were probably best known for their legendary “butter biscuits”.

      Comment by Dee — March 8, 2016 @ 10:20 am | Reply

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