That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

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.


  1. Thanks so much for posting these.

    Dunno how long ago it was, but there was once a High’s Ice Cream near fmr. Northhampton/Tattoo shop. Last I ever remember going there was late 80s/early 90s.

    My mom was a Paul’s customer. Went to the new doomed one a couple of times (and the old one long ago). So much space, so little merchandise to fill/justify it. Don’t understand the move. Noticed some Paul’s brand (same red script logo at least) frame shop in the same shopping center as the Goodwill, off Cunningham Drive, but that was in January.

    Same January went to the expanded DAV.

    Comment by Kevin Seward — August 10, 2011 @ 11:06 am | Reply

  2. “Das Wiener Works” was almost certainly Wienerschnitzel at one time. Surprisingly, my local Wienerschnitzel maintains the A-Frame. The Wal-Mart used to be like that, until it remodeled a year or so ago, and apparently KinderCare is a national chain or something, because there was always a KinderCare (same logo) next to the place where I went to church…in Texas.

    Comment by ps3d — September 21, 2011 @ 9:51 pm | Reply

  3. Its odd you had a Farmer Jack. That was a Detroit chain brought into A&P. At one time A&P was changing all of the Farmer Jacks to be A&P’s but the trend quickly reveresed and the A&P’s all became Farmer Jack!

    Comment by Jeff — September 25, 2011 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  4. Regarding the Farm Fresh logo comment: That awful Farm Fresh logo was a result of their purchase of Giant Open Air Markets. The colorful archers in the logo represent the Giant sign and exterior store design. Some of the old Giant Markets had huge arches creating some beautiful atrium spaces inside.

    Comment by Seaton — November 20, 2011 @ 2:24 am | Reply

  5. I’ve been through a lot of postings on this site and yours is absolutely the best! This has reminded me of times when the family went out shopping for the day instead of fbing and tweeting. I spent my first 24 years of life in Newport News and around the late 90s I dreaded going to Hampton as everything there seemed dead or dying. I hope the area will be reborn into something as amazing as it was when I was a kid.

    Comment by anoldkatt — December 8, 2011 @ 12:58 am | Reply

  6. Kind of sad news. I just noticed that the old McDonald’s building on Mercury at Martha Lee Dr. has been torn down. It had to have been the first McDonald’s on the peninsula and it was definitely the first fast food joint I ever went to as a kid. It looks like the Chrysler / Jeep dealership next door is expanding and they needed the land for extra lot space.

    Comment by Dee — December 13, 2011 @ 10:32 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, I heard about that on Facebook today. I’m not really surprised, that building was vacant for a while.

      Comment by Anita — December 13, 2011 @ 11:24 pm | Reply

  7. Regarding the Farm Fresh in Phoebus… how old is that building and what was it before it was a Farm Fresh? I remember visiting Buckroe Beach with my parents once, must have been 1991-92, and we went in that store to get some food for the beach. The store must have been in the middle of a renovation or change of ownership or something… ALL of the signage in the store was handwritten in magic marker! The aisle signs hanging from the ceiling, the cash register signs, everything. Does anyone remember seeing this?

    Comment by Brandon Willis — January 29, 2012 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

  8. Thanks for the photos on the city, I’ve been gone from there for years. Some things I don’t even recognize anymore. Wasn’t aware that Super Fresh in Newmarket South was closed.

    Comment by Paul — February 23, 2012 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

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