That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

August 14, 2007

Coliseum Mall Opening Week Microfilms from The Daily Press

Filed under: "coliseum mall",dead chains,Hampton,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 9:42 pm

When I went to the Newport News library to do research on Newmarket North/Newmarket Fair, I also did a small bit of research on Coliseum Mall the week it opened in October of 1973. I could only print a few things because my dad was getting ready to pick me up from the library, and I was mainly there to get Newmarket North stuff for a paper I was writing back in March. So I only have a few things:

waldenbooks, Coliseum Mall, 1973

From only looking at a few photos, I think that Waldenbooks moved during its tenure at the mall. The directory that was in that 1973 paper had Waldenbooks near where Korvettes/Wards/Burlington was. I remember Waldenbooks from when I was growing up until they closed in 2002 or 2003 near Rices-Nachmans/Hess/Proffits/Dillards. It was almost next to the short lived Disney store and almost across from the Coffee Beanery.

>Coliseum Mall Grand Opening, 10/31/1973

I see the flyover, some puffy clouds, some seagulls that would later be Newmarket North’s logo…it looks like something that won a high school drawing contest.

Coliseum Mall Map, opening day, 1973

Here is the mall map from 1973. I wish I had a map from the late 1980’s/early 1990’s when the Food Court was added.

1 Comment »

  1. Thank you so much for researching & posting these.

    The mall map from ’73 esp. resurrects some very old dim memories.

    Like now I know where the movie theater was . . .

    I remember the Blue Hawaii (never ate there, but . . .). Other store names/locations ring a similar bell & help piece things together. Bresler’s Ice Cream, Picadilly, Waldenbooks I went to.

    As for the Coliseum Mall drawing, kinda matches my memory of the mall (perhaps a bad sign).

    Comment by Kevin Seward — August 15, 2007 @ 9:30 am | Reply


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