That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

August 19, 2011

Malls They’re Not Just For Shopping Any More (1989, Daily Press)

Splash! 2-24-89 (The Daily Press)


I need to go to the library when I have a chance and get this article from the microfilm and see if there are any photos of the malls.

//edit, October 15, 2011//
Checked it out today, there was no photos.


August 12, 2011

A New Look For Newmarket {Daily Press, 2-4-90}

Filed under: newmarket fair mall,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 7:57 pm

new look for newmarket (2/4/1990)//
new look for newmarket (2/4/1990)//

A New Look For Newmarket.

A New Look For Newmarket

Officials Hope Face Lift Will Lift Mall’s Slump

February 04, 1990|By NEIL CORNISH Staff Writer

Mall officials and tenants at Newmarket North are banking on a $9 million renovation to produce an increase in customer traffic and restore the mall’s position in the Peninsula’s retail market.

Several stores have closed recently, including one of the mall’s three anchors. Merchants said customer traffic at Newmarket North has been slow in recent weeks, but they added that January is traditionally an off time for retail.

Mickey McWilliams, manager at Cookie Co., said an increase in customer flow is important for his store. “I think everyone’s hoping the renovation will attract new business, bring some excitement to the mall,” he said. “Nobody comes to the mall to buy cookies.”

Goodman Segar Hogan purchased Newmarket North in July for $44 million. The company soon after revealed plans for the mall’s remodeling, which included an 11-tenant food court and 13,000 square feet of glass and fabric skylighting. A glass-enclosed elevator, community room and permanent stage will also be added.

Work in the area of the food court started last month. The total project is expected to be completed in mid-October.

At the time of Newmarket’s sale, some retail industry watchers – Goodman Segar officials included – felt the mall had lost ground in recent years to Peninsula competitors, Coliseum Mall in Hampton and Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News.

Industry watchers pointed to those malls’ locations near Interstate 64 as providing a substantial advantage over Newmarket North, located on Mercury Boulevard near Jefferson Avenue.

Coliseum Mall’s renovation last October could further erode Newmarket North’s market share, industry officials said, and the opening last fall of Chesapeake Square mall in Chesapeake could cut into Newmarket North’s ability to draw shoppers from south of the James River Bridge.

Rob Belue, Newmarket North manager, said he was pleased with the mall’s performance in 1989, adding he was expecting a “good single-digit increase” in sales when 1989’s figures are tabulated. “Taking the local economy, it’s been a good solid year for us,” he said.

Several mall tenants have left recently. Miller & Rhoads, as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, has closed. Signet Bank merged its mall office into a branch 1 1/2 miles down Mercury Boulevard.

The mall did not renew the lease for Circus World, a toy store that then closed.

Mr. Sport, a sporting goods store, and Foxmoor, a clothing store, also are gone; Belue cited company problems for those two closures.

Eight temporary merchants, some doing business from stalls in the corridors, also closed after Christmas, as planned, Belue said.

The mall is working on replacements but did not have any information to release at this time, he said.

Belue said he thinks the mall’s renovation and subsequent tenant remix will compensate for the advantage in location enjoyed by Coliseum and Patrick Henry malls.

“The selection and choice will be there for them,” he said of shoppers. “We’d love to keep them here all day long, and I think we have a good shot at it, but you have to be realistic.”

Mall merchants said they expected the renovation to have great impact on mall traffic and sales.

“We feel very positive about Newmarket North,” said Gary Todd, general manager for Leggett department store’s Newmarket and Patrick Henry stores. “We are very bullish on the mall.”

Newmarket North “is an up-and-coming mall,” he said. “We were very pleased with last year.”

Anna Croyle at Ritz Camera said, “We do need the face lift to the mall. I think it’s time.” She said she planned to “sit back and see how the remodeling does.”

Industry watchers were mixed as to whether the renovation will have much of an impact on Newmarket North’s position on the Peninsula.

“That mall has never really set the woods on fire since it started,” said one commercial realty agent, who added that Newmarket’s future depends in large part on who owners find to fill the space vacated by Miller & Rhoads.

Another observer saw New market North’s future under Goodman Segar more favorably: “One of their strong points is taking weak centers and turning them around.”

Goodman Segar’s purchase of Newmarket North should not be viewed as a gamble or a crap shoot, Belue said.

“We feel that there’s some great potential at this center,” Belue said. “I think it’s just good business sense. It’s strictly knowing how to make it happen.”




Of course we all know what happened, the renovation drove even more customers away, and by the time it was completed in November of 1990, even more stores were closed, and I don’t even know the all the spaces in the food court were ever taken up. It was always dead every time we went over there growing up. Usually just Sbarro was open.

Two 1986 Wal Mart Commercials (not mine) (updated)

Filed under: commercials,Wal Mart — Anita @ 12:46 am


Wal Mart Chic Jeans Ad – “She has no ass”, “wow…flat ass.”, “Nice Chevelle………flat ass though.”, “Melanie must not look good if we can’t see what she looks like.”, “this is actually a LOT less painful than the Wal-Mart commercials they make now….”


Polaroid VHS Tapes – “Of course, nowadays you can get 2 for .99 cents!”, “I’M BUYIN!”.

August 9, 2011

City of Hampton Property Database “photos”, circa late 90s.

I found these a couple of years ago here, but never did anything with them, until now. Keep in mind, these photos are poor quality, I assume because they were using early digital camera technology.


Newmarket South Shopping Center, mid to late 90s. Super Fresh / Farmer Jack had closed by then.


The old Miller & Rhoads building at Newmarket Fair, a few years before Verizon.


Big & Tall store in front of Riverdale Shopping Center, former Grandy’s chicken place. The store is now “Casual Male XL”


Das Weiner Works, its still a hot dog place, but I forgot what it is now. I read on Facebook the other day that someone rammed their Lexus into the place recently.

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Dennys, in front of Riverdale Shopping Center. Still open.


Paul’s Arts & Crafts. When they made the disastrous decision to move across Mercury to the old Service Merchandise building. The store was too big for its needs, and wound up moving to the old Langley Square shopping center, and its gone now.


This was the shopping center where Northampton Dance Studios was. The whole shopping center is like, guns and tattoos now. I had some of the worst experiences of my life at Northampton Dance studio.


Did anybody really, seriously take ballroom dancing out of here?


Does anybody remember Bargain City USA, that junk store?

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Still here.


My sister used to buy all her stained glass supplies at Goodmans.


This is the most recent pic I have from that website. I think this was before the DAV bought the building next door as well.




This is the itsy bitsy Farm Fresh in Phoebus. I never liked that Farm Fresh logo.


Back when WalMart was still red, white and grey.


Gosh, how many times has this place changed hands? Tracks, Blockbuster Music, and now its an FYE.


This shopping center next to Coliseum Mall/Peninsula Town Center got a renovation within the past few years.


This was when the shopping center where the AMC 24 is when it was first built in 1998, and Winn-Dixie was trying to get back into Hampton Roads. Winn Dixie was all but gone from Hampton by 2005, and now a Farm Fresh is here.


Sneaker Stadium, was Just For Feet here before or after Sneaker Stadium? Remember it would have a track around the store so you could try your new shoes out?


Farmer Jack, 1998 or early 1999. This building was torn down earlier this year:

Super Fresh/Farmer Jack, Hampton, VA, demolished 2011


When Super Fresh was torn down at Newmarket South.


The old Leggett building at Newmarket Fair Mall. It’s been redone within the past ten years or so:

Northrop Gruman (former Leggetts at the former Newmarket Fair Mall)


This McDonalds near the Hampton Coliseum is still open, but how colorful it is in this photo.



Aren’t there stores now next to TJ Maxx?


Always fascinated by the shape of the Kinder Care building. When I was little I always wondered why I wasn’t in Kinder Care.

August 4, 2011

“Hampton Malls Expand For ’90s” {daily press, May 20, 1990}

“Hampton Malls Expand For ’90s” {daily press, May 20, 1990}//

“Hampton Malls Expand For ’90s” {daily press, May 20, 1990}//

Hampton Malls Expand For ’90s
Cosmetic, Market Revamps Sought
May 20, 1990|By NEIL CORNISH Staff Writer

The air in Newmarket North mall at 8:30 a.m. is filled with the rich smell of doughnuts from one of the few stores open for business, interspersed with the sound of yapping pet store dogs and shouts from construction workers.

Long before the day’s shoppers arrive and the last of the morning mall walkers depart, work crews clean up from a night spent filling in floors, tearing away ceiling tiles and installing new plumbing in preparation of the mall’s transfiguration into Newmarket Fair this fall.

FOR THE RECORD – Published correction ran Wednesday, May 23, 1990. A story incorrectly stated that ceiling tiles removed during the renovation of Newmarket North mall were being “burned off as steam.” The tiles are to be burned at a steam-generating plant which uses trash for fuel.
Published correction ran Tuesday, May 22, 1990. An article said a three-horse carousel is being built near Newmarket North mall’s food court. The carousel will have three rings of horses, not three horses, said Gina Chastain, mall marketing director.

While the renovation work at Newmarket North continues, nearby Coliseum Mall, which completed a renovation project of its own in October, is looking to expand its influence in Hampton Roads in the next five years.

Raymond Tripp, who took over as Coliseum’s manager several weeks ago, said one of the property’s biggest goals is to attract a middle- to upper-end department store to serve as its fifth anchor tenant. The store likely will be in place by 1991 or 1992, he said.

Rob Belue, Newmarket North mall manager, said property owner Goodman Segar Hogan has set Nov. 4 as the date for the mall’s grand re-opening celebration. The $9-million renovation project includes the addition of 13,000 square feet of skylighting and an 11-tenant food court.

Newmarket’s renovation was announced when Goodman Segar acquired the 800,000-square-foot mall in July for $34 million. Company officials said then that Newmarket had slipped in competition with Coliseum and Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News.

Belue said sales during the construction have dropped less than 1 percent from the same time last year, which he attributed to customer curiosity and customer loyalty. Newmarket’s 1989 sales per square foot were approximately $190, he said.

Store managers contacted expressed mixed feelings about the mall’s performance during the renovation.

“We really haven’t had any negative comments from the customers,” said Courtney Williamson, manager of The Limited. “It’s definitely needed.”

“It seems to be going smoothly, but it has interrupted business,” said Debbie Landen, co-manager of Paul Harris. “But then you’ve got your nosy ones like me who want to see what’s going on.”

Goodman Segar is still trying to find a replacement for former anchor Miller & Rhoads, which closed its store in the mall in January. Whatever store replaces Miller & Rhoads likely won’t be open before 1991, Belue said.

Since the renovation began in January, the staircases at each end of the mall have been removed to make way for escalators and, at the end near Sears, a children’s recreation area and customer service booth.

Workers are leveling the mall’s first floor, which had several pit rest areas.

To make way for the skylighting, Belue said, work crews have disposed of an estimated 400 cubic yards of ceiling tiles, which have been taken to a recycling plant to be burned off as steam. Work crews also will remove the fake brick covering the 18-inch steel support beams, redesigning them as columns.

The food court, which will be called “Eats,” also be the site of a recreation-electronic games room, Belue said. A three-horse carousel will be added near the food court, on the second floor near the former Miller & Rhoads store.

Belue said the trend among developers now is to remodel existing structures instead of building new shopping centers. “All the land that would be good for shopping centers is gone,” he said.

At Coliseum, in addition to finding a fifth anchor, “we’re obviously looking very hard for a good children’s store to go into the mall, and we’d like more women’s apparel,” Tripp said. One women’s apparel store, Gantos, opened in Coliseum this week, and another store, Limited Express, is scheduled to open in a few weeks.

Following the completion of Coliseum’s renovation in October, some of the merchants who were relocated experienced a 2 percent to 3 percent drop in sales, Tripp said. “Their traditional customers didn’t realize where they were,” he said.

Tripp said he was encouraged by first-quarter sales figures, which show mall sales up 7.2 percent from the same period in 1989. Coliseum’s sales per square foot are “decent, but they stand to be improved,” he said; he declined to say what they were.

The mall will continue to battle with Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News to attract shoppers from the Denbigh and York County areas, Tripp said. “I think we’re sharing the market right now,” he said.

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