That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

March 31, 2007

Newmarket North Mall Opening Day ads & articles (March 26, 1975, July 30, 1975)

Filed under: dead chains,newmarket fair mall,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 2:55 am


.pdf of articles and ads from opening day, March 25, 1975

//edit, April 18, 2020//

I can now find clearer versions of these old Daily Press microfilms by using ProQuest and my Newport News library card. I also replaced anything that had the Photobucket Watermark on it.


A better scan of that Sears opening day ad … nice exterior shot of Sears here. This Sears and the Picadilly Cafeteria are the only store stores remaining at the mall since everything else is offices.

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Miller & Rhoads lasted until the fall of 1989. This building is now home to Verizon.


(when it was Bell Atlantic in the late 90s–photo was found on the old Virginia film website)


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You guys, Hickory Farms is fond of cheese! This place remained the same until it closed down in I’m guessing 1994.

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Sneak preview evening, March 24, 1975.

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Opening Day, 3/26/1975.


March 28, 2007

“Razing Coliseum Mall” (Daily Press Article)

Filed under: "coliseum mall" — Anita @ 10:29 pm


{photo taken by Joe Fudge}

Some businesses remain open as buildings around them are destroyed, making way for a new shopping center in Hampton.
March 28, 2007
HAMPTON — The Coliseum Mall is no longer open. Soon it will be no longer standing.

Demolition of the mall began Monday morning as workers cleared the space that will be home to the Peninsula Town Center, a modern outdoor shopping center expected to be fully open by spring 2009.

Raymond Tripp, general manager of the mall and future general manager of Peninsula Town Center, said the demolition process was set up with the idea of recycling.

“We have a piece of equipment that rotates 360 degrees and cuts an 8-inch steel beam like scissors cutting a piece of paper,” Tripp said. “We can cut the beams into smaller pieces and then send them to the scrap yard. All the steel and aluminum can be recycled, and the concrete will be crushed into smaller parcels and used as fill on our site. We’ll be able to recycle almost everything.”

Though some of the businesses that share its parking lot remain open, the 33-year-old Coliseum Mall closed in mid-January. This week, crews began to take down the existing buildings, the start of a long process that will ultimately cost more than $200 million.

But Tripp said the process truly started more than a year ago, when the mall administration began finding new homes for tenant shops whose leases extended past the mall’s closing date. Then it was time to clear any asbestos and freon and prepare the building for demolition.

“It’s sort of like the birth of your first child,” he said. “For nine months you’re waiting and you have a lot of issues to deal with. Then when the birth happens, you realize that this is what you’ve been working on for nine months. It’s pretty exciting.”



Demolition Of Coliseum Mall Starts Today

March 27, 2007 04:28 PM

Major demolition of the former Coliseum Mall began today and is fully underway.  The old mall will make way for the new Peninsula Town Center.  The site is 75 acres.

The only properties that will be spared the wrecking ball are Macy’s, J.C. Penney’s and Burlington Coat Factory.  The Burlington Coat Factory Building is scheduled to come down in June of this year, and the company will relocate to the Power Plant Parkway nearby.  J.C. Penney’s will move to the new Peninsula Town Center.  The Macy’s building will be renovated and become part of the new complex.

The new Peninsula Town Center will feature major department stores, leading specialty shops, top restaurants overlooking landscaped parks, city streets and a town square that will include a central fountain and parks for concerts and children’s activities.  It is expected to be opened in April of 2009.

March 25, 2007

Hampton, Va., Officials Unveil Renovated Coliseum Mall. (11/5/1998)

Filed under: "coliseum mall" — Anita @ 2:11 am

I was in 10th grade in 1998, and I have NO recollection of this mall renovation. I know mom and I were going in here all the time around that time as well. To me the mall looked the same since mom and I started shopping there in 1995 (mom resisted shopping there till Newmarket Fair was on its deathknell).

Anyways here is the article:

Hampton, Va., Officials Unveil Renovated Coliseum Mall.

Source: Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Publication Date: 11/05/1998

Author: Goldblatt, Jennifer

Nov. 5–HAMPTON, Va.–Hampton officials unveiled a renovated Coliseum Mall Wednesday night. It’s $7 million cushier and a more spacious place to spend.

High ceilings, brighter lighting, column-less walkways, comfortable benches and tropical plants now sit alongside a batch of new tenants.

Spurred by consumer surveys, the 25-year-old mall started sprucing itself up in April. A second $3 million phase, including a renovated food court and a new children’s play area, will begin next year.

Coliseum Mall’s makeover is part of a wave of renovations sweeping Hampton Roads’ shopping centers. Next week, Patrick Henry Mall, just eight miles away in Newport News, will unveil a $40 million expansion, including a new Hecht’s, two Dillard’s stores and 10 more specialty stores.

And looming over the retail landscape is the shadow of Norfolk’s MacArthur Center — a $300 million upscale mall anchored by Nordstrom, set to open in March.

Coliseum’s $7 million investment is modest relative to the other malls, some of which are getting major overhauls. Just last week, Virginia Beach’s Lynnhaven Mall completed the first leg of its $100 million expansion. Norfolk’s Military Circle Mall is expecting a new Sears department store, a renovated Hecht’s and a 20-screen movie theater.

Other regional malls are also updating decor, adding new tenants and beefing up ad campaigns.

Mall manager Raymond Tripp admits that Coliseum must “polish itself off,” to remain competitive, but stressed that the renovation is driven by what its shoppers want.

Only a fraction of the mall’s estimated 30,000 daily shoppers come from the Southside, Tripp said. He expects some Peninsula shoppers to check out MacArthur Center once it opens. But for their day-to-day needs, they’re more likely to shop at the most convenient center.

Observers say that malls must also contend with the strip centers anchored by discounters Wal-Mart and Target, which have sprouted up nearby. The competition, however, is improving the quality and diversity of the region’s retail base, they said.

Successful retail centers are vital to the tax bases of cities. That’s part of why Norfolk is investing nearly $100 million in MacArthur Center. And it’s also why Hampton’s retail development director June McPartland @calls Coliseum Mall the city’s “cash cow.”

According to the city, retail generates more than $35 million in local tax revenues each year.

“Coliseum Mall is really the anchor for our entire major retail district,” she said.

Coliseum Mall has gained a slew of new tenants recently, including The Disney Store and American Eagle Outfitters. GapKids is coming early next year.

J.C. Penney, two Dillard’s stores, Montgomery Ward and Hecht’s anchor the mall, in addition to 10 restaurants and 120 specialty stores. When New York-based Mall Properties Inc. built the $25 million mall in 1973, it was the Peninsula’s largest.

Early morning shoppers and mall walkers, pacing the bright corridors, got the first peek at Coliseum’s new look.

“The chairs, the lights, it’s a lot more comfortable,” said Joyce Pizzeck, a Hampton resident who has walked the mall three mornings a week for the past six years, and often shops afterward.

Phyllis Schouster, an employee at the Hair Cuttery, who picked up some gifts on the way to work also noticed the changes.

“I think that they were trying to change their outlook, and they really had to in order to compete with Patrick Henry,” she said. “Everybody needs a face lift at some point.”

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March 21, 2007

1988 East Coast Mall Directory (Newmarket North Mall)

Filed under: newmarket fair mall — Anita @ 1:24 am

I got a MySpace mail from Mike Hepp one of the people who works on the Penn Can Mall Website the other day:

Hi Anita this is Mike Hepp you know the PennCan Mall Historian. Anyway I have this 1988 East coast mall directory, you know another piece of Penncan history I’m glad I saved. This has some info on this mall it lists a North, South and a plaza for this center and it lists it under Newport News,VA. This might be valuable to you since your doing intense research on the mall.


1988 in my opinion was a pivotal year for Newmarket North. It was the last year that all three anchors were open (Miller & Rhoads closed in 1989), and it was the year before the “only colors Debbie Gibson could love” renovation.  The directory states that Newmarket has 100 stores but I’m only counting about 82 stores.  Hmmm.

March 10, 2007

Old Burger King Dinner Specials Commercial (early 90’s)

Filed under: commercials,fewd — Anita @ 1:53 pm


The other night while watching an old Mystery Science 3000 tape from about 1994 these commercials for this old Burger King promotions called BK Tee Vee would be in every commercial break. I looked it up on Wikipedia of all places, and found a link to a Bk Tee Vee commercial I had never seen, and a Burger King promotion that is just puzzling:

Wikipedia Page:

Link to the video, and people confused by it as well:

It might play directly on the website, if it doesn’t there is a wmv file you can download. March 2017 update, here’s the commercial on YT. (more here: 1, 2, 3)

The dinner special makes NO sense, popcorn while you wait (“You get the popcorn, just to chill with”? — what?) It was only served from 4-8? Dan Cortese? Why is the serving for the coleslaw so large? And finally, was this just a regional thing? I have no recollection of this at all.

You can still get table service at some Dairy Queens and Hardees though I’ve noticed.

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