That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

February 28, 2010

Roses Grand Opening, Hampton, VA (Willow Oaks Shopping Center) 1991

Filed under: dead stores,newspaper clippings,Roses,stores I can't stand — Anita @ 6:17 pm

Roses Grand Opening, Hampton, VA 1991

This was a Grand Opening for a Roses store in Hampton, VA about 10 minutes away from my childhood home. It opened in 1991, and closed in 1994 in immaculate collection. Mom and I spent a lot of hours there when my dad was out to sea when I was a kid.

It’s now a telemarketing place called West now. I haven’t driven by it in years. I dream about the roads leading up to it all the time however.

Another ad:

Roses Grand Opening, Hampton, VA 1991

I remember the first time my family went to this Roses, I got these cool marker set that had a white marker that would change the color of the markers? Does anybody know what I’m talking about?


  1. I live in a small sorry ass town called Rutherforton, North Carolina. In nearby Forest City, we have a if you wanna call it a mall, called Tri City Mall. It is a outdoor mall, with only about 6 stores in it, Belk, a restaurant, a dinky music store, a refurbished appliance store, a hair salon, and a Rose’s. The mall is in terriable shape, with grafetti all over the walls, tons of cracks in the cement floor, and all the stores are in terriable shape. So bad that that the roof leaks in all stores and the paint on the walls are peeling. The Belk store looks like from the 1960’s and the Roses’s store, its even worse, as it has multiple leaks, no public restrooms, floor is in terriable shape, the registers they use in the store are like 20 years old, and clutter all over the store. I will try to take some pics of the mall if I can and post them on this site, but if you ask me, looks like that entire mall could collapse any day now. Which reminds me, the parking lot has never, and i mean never been paved as long the malls been open, potholes all over, hardly visible lines, and well you get the picture.

    Comment by Brandon — March 8, 2010 @ 4:18 am | Reply

  2. I had those markers too! You colored with the regular markers, then colored over with the invisible marker and it would change colors. I think they were called Color Changeables!

    Comment by gina — March 26, 2010 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

  3. We still have a Roses in Smyrna, Delaware. Our old Roses at the Blue Hen Mall (Dover, DE) closed in 1994.

    Comment by Charlie Judd — July 6, 2010 @ 11:03 pm | Reply

    • 1994 was a rough year for Rose’s; as the one that anchored the long-ailing Southgate “Mall” in Elizabeth City, NC bit the dust as part of that same group of mass closings. It tried to return as Rose’s Express briefly in the location of the store that took the old Rose’s spot (JCPenney) and lasted barely a year. It returned again 2 years ago in a nearby location that had housed a Farm Fresh and Winn-Dixie.

      Comment by Jacob — November 15, 2010 @ 11:00 am | Reply

  4. Hello. Can anyone provide a larger version of this picture? I believe my mother is one in this photo, however it’s far too blurry when I zoom in to make it out.

    Comment by CR — July 11, 2010 @ 3:22 pm | Reply

  5. Roses is pretty ghetto IMHO. There are two in Chesapeake that I know of. Also know of one out in Harrisonburg. I bought a J Crew sweater there for like $7. In smaller cities, Roses is actually a pretty decent place to find cheap clothing. In larger cities, it sucks, because there are plenty of other stores one can go into.

    Comment by Christopher — March 15, 2011 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

  6. Amazingly there’s a Roses on Rt 17 in York county complete with garden center. There also used to be one in Denbigh. I remember wanting to buy the offical Star Wars soundtrack in LP form in 1977 but it was to pricy at $9.00. It’s now Big Lots.

    Comment by Steve — April 16, 2014 @ 11:11 am | Reply

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