That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

January 14, 2008

“Closing of A&N apparel chain likened to ‘a death in the family'”

Filed under: dead chains,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 10:09 am

(Daily Press photo by Joe Fudge)

Closing of A&N apparel chain likened to ‘a death in the family’

Daily Press article that ran Saturday. I have the article scanned, I just couldn’t upload it to photobucket the other day, so expect an edit on this entry in the next couple of days.

But enjoy the video on the link while it is still up. The dude showing off the sweatpants he bought (around the 53 second mark) is wearing a Sanford & Son T-shirt which makes him my best friend forever. This video was filmed at the Newmarket South Shopping Center location, which is down the street from Daily Press’ headquarters. We visited this store way too much growing up. My best memory of the store was when I was 12 (1996), mom and I were looking at shoes in there (I had a massive shoe collection back then), and I saw these ancient platform Converse Sneakers. I think they were red velvet. These had to be three, four years old — and they were still on the shelf. They were barely marked down, I wouldn’t even call it clearance. We asked if there was a pair in my size (10), but there wasn’t.

So, yeah there’s my A&N story.

//edit #1//

Virginia Pilot article.



  1. Whoa . . .

    I always spent too much time in the Goodwill to make it to A&N, but that Newmarket Shopping Center store has been there forever.

    The Fred Sanford tee in the Daily Press vid and your platform Converse story very cool. Thanks as always.

    Comment by Kevin Seward — January 14, 2008 @ 11:27 am | Reply

  2. Is that an old Woolworth? Looks like one.

    Comment by Steven Swain — January 15, 2008 @ 11:52 pm | Reply

  3. If you’re asking about the A&N in the old Newmarket shopping center:

    My faint memory is of a Rose’s somewhere around there decades ago, but whether that’s so and whether the A&N took that space, I dunno.

    The grocery store in Newmarket was a G.C. Murphy’s long, long ago . . .

    Comment by Kevin Seward — January 16, 2008 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  4. Yeah, I think you’re right. Here is an entry on that shopping center:

    Comment by Anita — January 16, 2008 @ 8:05 pm | Reply

  5. I actually remember when A&N was still more of a surplus store than anything else. I remember going to one eavery year to get the stuff we needed for summer camp, like flashlights, canteens, and mosquito netting. I could never convince my parents to get me one of the WWII Air Raid Warden helmets they sold.

    Later on they were a fairly decent place to buy Levi’s and stuff, but here towards the end, they really had a lot of cheap stuff and seconds.

    Comment by Dave — January 18, 2008 @ 9:20 am | Reply

  6. Sorry to ask a dumb question, but is the A&N on that far right hand corner?

    If so the 1973 pic shows The Hub and Hanna’s between Rose’s and that corner spot. So the Rose’s was around, but not on the later site of the A&N.

    Thanks for the cool pic (posted in ’05, der . . .).

    And sorry about not getting that WW2 Air Raid Warden Helmet–sounds very cool also.

    FWIW, I have a pic from this fall of a former A&N on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, if I get around to posting it.

    Comment by Kevin Seward — January 19, 2008 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  7. Yep, here’s the former Charlottesville A&N, labelscar & all:

    Comment by Kevin Seward — January 19, 2008 @ 11:18 am | Reply

  8. Having grown up in the Newmarket neighborhood, I can’t even imagine the countless hours I spent tooling my Huffy around that shopping center. The current Food Lion is actually in the spot of the old A&P grocery store ( that section of the shopping center was actually demolished, and then rebuilt new for the Food Lion sometime in the early 90s I believe). The section that housed the Murphy’s is right beside the grocery store and is now some sort of low-end clothing store.

    Comment by kell — March 11, 2008 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

  9. >>( that section of the shopping center was actually demolished, and then rebuilt new for the Food Lion sometime in the early 90s I believe)<<

    It was late 1990’s A&P/Super Fresh/Farmer Jack closed down in 1998, and it was torn down for Food Lion.

    Murphys closed in 1995-ish and became a Newberry’s, and then it was that junky Rainbow store.

    Comment by Anita — May 24, 2008 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

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