That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

June 26, 2007

HQ (closed 1999, Virginia Beach, VA)

Filed under: dead chains,dead stores — Anita @ 8:26 pm

Abandoned HQThis past weekend, I went to Virginia Beach to see a friend, and on the way there, my father and I got lost, and we passed by this building. I wished I could have taken a photo.

Well, well well. My friend works very close to this building and she pulled in so I could take a photo. This looks like this could’ve been a J.M. Fields or a Bradlees at one point or another.

Here is the Wikipedia page on HQ.



  1. I can confirm this store was built as a J.M. Fields. It converted, in the 80s, to a Builder’s Square and remained as such long after HQ bought the chain. When HQ went bankrupt, the store has remained vacant. It’s at the intersection of Virginia Beach Blvd and Independence. Word is it will be demolished with the continuance of Town Center’s expansion.

    At the intersection of Little Creek and 64, you can see a different type of J.M. Fields construction (where the arches are more square at the top) which is now home of Norfolk’s Workforce redevelopment. It started as a J.M. Fields, turned into a Bradlees, then into an HQ, then a Hill’s Department Store, and now is part of Norfolk’s Health and Human Services Department.

    Comment by SilverBlue — June 27, 2007 @ 6:02 am | Reply

  2. Seems like if you were in Virginia Beach, you’d want a picture of HQ’s HQ. I believe it was right over near Lynnhaven Mall off of Lynnhaven Parkway in that industrial section where all of the streets are named after Navy warplanes (Avenger, Viking, etc.).

    Comment by Dave McGrann — June 27, 2007 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

  3. It’s now called Marsh Landing (I think that’s the name of the building). It’s on Lynnhaven Parkway (about 1/2 mile on the right after you get off 264). It’s the giant black mirrored building. Really impressive.

    Comment by SilverBlue — June 28, 2007 @ 4:54 am | Reply

  4. CORRECT it was a Bradless before it turned into a HQ Store, almost the same thing hapened to the two HQ Stores in richmond the one on midlothian turnpike later became a resource center for HCA Hospitals, & the one in the west end of richmond became a Bloom Brothers Store

    Comment by alyx devereux — June 28, 2007 @ 9:25 am | Reply

  5. Alyx:

    I don’t think this J.M. Fields was ever a Bradlee’s. It became a Builder’s Square and then an HQ (like the J.M. Fields in Hampton, VA — which became a Lionel’s Play World (a competitor to Toys R Us), then a Mr. How, then a Builder’s Square before going out and becoming a Hill’s, which then went under). I think the reason Bradlee’s didn’t go in the JM Fields in Hampton was because they took over the Woolco property down the street.

    Comment by SilverBlue — July 1, 2007 @ 6:37 am | Reply

  6. That building was a J.M.Fields. It looks like it may have a Bradlees labelscar under the HQ logo. J.M.Fields in Concord NH also became a Bradlees.

    Comment by Zayre88 — July 28, 2007 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

  7. Before it became Builders Square it was a Mr. HOW Warehouse for two years.

    Comment by Ohio Guy — December 24, 2012 @ 11:11 am | Reply

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