That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

March 10, 2008

Bill’s Flea Market (former FX), Virginia Beach, VA

Filed under: dead chains,dead stores — Anita @ 6:36 pm

Bill's Flea Market (Former FX)

I can’t believe I never brought this place up in here … and now its gone, well, in the process of being gone, its on fire (or at the very least suffering smoke damage) right now as I type this.

This was my original Flickr description of the photo when I took it this past Summer (a friend works nearby, and she took me to the building afterwards):

FX was a very very very very very (I mean VERY! like only a few months) futuristic looking electronics store owned by the big local furniture store, Haynes.

I have the opening week ads somewhere in my house from 1989. The only reason why we have them is because it was also the same week of the San Francisco earthquake. I need to try to scan those sometime.

This is now a flea market called Bill’s.

I think I was originally going to do a big article about FX, and dig up those old newspapers of my dad’s, but I never got to it, and now I don’t know WHERE those newspapers are since we moved back in December.

I don’t know where the other FX locations were at the moment. There was one in Hampton, at Todd’s center where Big Lots, Office Max (and I think) the Northern Tools (formerly Paul’s Arts & Crafts and before that Service Merchandise) building is at today. I swear I think I may of zipped through the opening day coverage in the Daily Press or VA Pilot microfilms I was looking at last year when I was doing Newmarket Fair Mall research.

I recorded the news tonight, but I recorded it on a DVD so I don’t know when I’ll be able to make screen caps since the DVD is not finished. It was something seeing smoke circle around that FX tower.



  1. So Haynes Furniture was branching out–how long did FX last against Circuit City etc?

    Comment by Kevin Seward — March 10, 2008 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  2. Srsly? I think only a few months. I think back then (judging by dad’s newspapers) there was just way too many electronics stores in the area. Sears’ big department, Wards, Luskins, Circuit City, some store called Prices in the Newmarket South Shopping Center, there are some others that I can’t remember.

    Comment by Anita (me) — March 11, 2008 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  3. In case you missed it… something finally did that building in…it burned down Monday…building is gone.

    Comment by Jerry — March 3, 2009 @ 10:57 pm | Reply

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