That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

March 2, 2009

1992 or 1993 Central Fidelity Commercial

Filed under: commercials,dead chains,Farm Fresh — Anita @ 3:09 pm

This is from when mom taped Troop Beverly Hills for me one night in January of 1992, I think.

Check out all the old Farm Freshes in the Central Fidelity Commercial! Now no Farm Freshes have banks…right? I know the bank in the Smithfield location closed down a few years back.

Also notice the other local ads. Is elephantsgalore still open? The only results I found were vague city search pages. However, it looks like The Paneling Factory is still open.



  1. It may’ve switched from Central Fidelity at some point, but I think Wachovia was the last bank in the Smithfield store before it was replaced by a Farm Fresh Pharmacy.

    Interesting that all the competitors of the Paneling Factory (Hechinger, HQ, Builders Square) are gone.

    Thanks for the Central Fidelity/Farm Fresh video.

    Comment by Kevin Seward — March 2, 2009 @ 10:54 pm | Reply

  2. Central Fidelity was before my time. Were they absorbed by Wachovia?

    I’m amazed that the Paneling Factory hasn’t changed its name. Nobody has used paneling in a quarter century!

    Comment by Mark — March 6, 2009 @ 11:40 pm | Reply

  3. I just remembered, I think for a while Farm Fresh had Chartway banks in their stores.

    Comment by Anita — March 26, 2009 @ 10:52 am | Reply

  4. Yes… the Farm Fresh at Mt. Pleasant and Centerville in Chesapeake, which has been open for a year or two, has a Chartway FCU.

    Comment by Nathan — April 11, 2009 @ 10:00 am | Reply

  5. Yeah, I am 99% sure that Central Fidelity is now Wachovia.

    Comment by Andy — April 13, 2009 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  6. It was wonderful to see The Paneling Factory commercial. We are 21 years strong! Thanks for the memories!

    Comment by Mary Stegmuller — May 10, 2011 @ 11:15 am | Reply

    • Oh wow your company was just a baby when that commercial aired!

      Comment by Anita — May 10, 2011 @ 11:28 am | Reply

  7. this was the best place to work in the world from nov 1979 to july 1997 and then wachovia bought us and they screwed us royally…i do not bank at wachovia

    Comment by Georgiann Allen — August 3, 2011 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

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