That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

March 28, 2007

“Razing Coliseum Mall” (Daily Press Article)

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

They're tearing down the Food Court

{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

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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.



  1. I’m sad to see that the mall is gone. I grew up in Hampton. That mall has many fond memories for me throughout the 80’s and 90’s, from hanging out with my friends and talking to girls. It used to be the hot spot for teenagers in Hampton and Newport News. All of us teenagers went there and not Newmarket North or Patrick Henry Mall.
    To me the mall went down hill around 2000. It seems when the internet bubble burst,the mall went down as with he rest of the economy. When Burlington Coat factory moved that was the signal to the end.
    Oh well, it is a physical piece of my childhood that is gone.

    Comment by Benoit6 — July 14, 2007 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

  2. It seems like Patrick Henry became the kids hot spot in the very late 1990’s and early 2000’s — around the time Coliseum started to go under.

    Putting Burlington + Barnes & Noble together was a bad idea. It should have never been done. I still sorta blame Burlington and the closing of Dillards for the death of Coliseum Mall.

    Comment by Anita — July 14, 2007 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

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    Comment by sandrar — September 10, 2009 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

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