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January 9, 2008

A Visit to Southpark Mall (December, 2007)

Filed under: bath & body works,Christmas,malls I've been to — Anita @ 11:37 am

(The last time I visited Southpark was in April of 2005)

I got to visit Southpark (in Colonial Heights, VA) a few days before Christmas. I was excited about going back to Southpark because as you can see by the above link its been a while. When I was going to a class trip to Richmond earlier this year, we passed by Southpark and I thought they were getting a renovation, because they were adding on a movie theater. Apparently I was wrong. It still looks like 1989.

I see plastic tarp rolled up over the entrances of all the stores, maybe renovation is about to start during the holidays.

Some iPhone photos:

Southpark Mall, Colonial Heights VA

It was almost dark by the time we got there.

Remember the Days of the Dippin Dots Booths?

I remember in the late 90’s Dippin Dots booths were in almost every mall. Since Southpark doesn’t have a food court (yet) they just have vending machines and a pretzel shop.

Bear Show, Southpark Mall, Colonial Heights VA
This was my iPhone wallpaper up until a couple of days after Christmas.

We saw all these benches in front of Macys. So we sat down, and people were sitting there waiting for this animotronic bear symphony. The show starts at the top of every hour. People started to gather around, the the composer kept on leading up to the grand performance, introducing the bears and such. Finally, five o clock rolled around and the show started. They sang Rudolph …. and that was it. The lady in front of me even said, “that was IT?!?!”

Those bears sorta remind me of that cartoon The Critic, you know that one time Duke Phillips had the drunk southern animotronic bears in his office? I think they were called quite simply, “the bears that sing for Duke.”

Ah, thanks Google:

Sears, Southpark Mall. Colonial Heights, VA

All the anchor entrances of this mall are this design. Very late 80’s.

Bath & Body Works, Southpark mall, Colonial Heights VA

This is the best photo I could get of the Bath & Body works there. You don’t see very many of them in this motif anymore. I miss that.



  1. Hey, I stumbled upon this blog via deadmalls, inspired by an article in the Economist on the birth, death, and rebirth of retail centers.

    Personally, I hate malls and don’t go to them much. I was dragged to them by my mom as an 80’s kid, and as long as there was a toy store I was ok with it. Lots of memories of many of the dead malls from Richmond to Tidewater. Everything from Christmas trips to Cloverleaf to birthday parties at Walnut Mall…. Just visiting Hampton a few months ago I was surprised to see Coliseum was gone, and the new outdoors sports “megaplex” has taken over just down the road. Luckily, I’m as much into that stuff as much as what’s offered at MacArthur.

    That said, I would like to add that Southpark does have a semblance of a food court, or at least it did when it first opened. No, you couldn’t really sit down anywhere but Chic-Fil-A and the Great Steak (or whatever it was called), but there were maybe 5 choices. Further down you had Auntie Annie’s Pretzels and Picadilly’s (I swear that’ll be the last thing to close in that mall, the way my parents like classic buffets).

    Thanks for this site. Hopefully I can dig up some old photos.

    Comment by ek — January 9, 2008 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  2. Most of the B&BW stores around here still look like that.

    Comment by Bobby — January 9, 2008 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  3. “That said, I would like to add that Southpark does have a semblance of a food court, or at least it did when it first opened. No, you couldn’t really sit down anywhere”

    It seems like the first time we visited Southpark in 2000, there was a lot of tables and chairs around, but those seemed to be mostly gone, unless I missed them.

    Also missing was the carousel, unless I’m blind. I think the carousel was where the ahem, “Bears who sing for duke” was during the holidays.

    Comment by Anita — January 9, 2008 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

  4. Southpark Mall DOES have a Food Court. If it doesn’t, where did it go? It featured a Chick-Fil-A, McDonalds, Chinese Resturant, and some other stuff with large seating areas adjacent to each restaurant… I has been a good while since I’ve been out there much; Last I went there I hadn’t missed much -at all-

    Comment by GB — January 12, 2008 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

  5. I just looked on the website, looks like McDonalds and all of them are gone.

    Comment by Anita — January 14, 2008 @ 10:19 am | Reply

  6. I second bobby, as where I live(Chicagoland area), I still see plenty of B&BW stores in that design.

    And darn you, I thought you talking about South Park Mall in Charlotte at first until I saw those pics…..grrr. 🙂 Still, I liked seeing these pics, as this mall reminds me of a few I’ve been to(albeit obviously not this one) in the past.

    Comment by Allan — January 24, 2008 @ 4:57 am | Reply

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