That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

November 2, 2011

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA (abandoned since 2008)

Filed under: Cloverleaf Mall,dead stores, — Anita @ 4:11 pm

Slated to be torn down soon for a big Kroger. These are the pics I took today:

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

This building is so scary looking. From research, this used to be a Penneys.

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

This was a Sears. Classy looking Sears.

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

You’re probably wondering about the big hole. It’s because of this ceremony last week that was supposed to be the beginning of Kroger, and the end of the mall or something. I have the news coverage on DVD, I just need to rip it to my computer and put it on YouTube.

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

Also, note the abandoned Pearson Honda dealership across the street. If a Honda dealership can’t do well in this neighborhood…

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

Scary building is scary.

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

Was the building to the right the mall, or another anchor store I missed?

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

It’s really odd, this mall looks like it got a renovation maybe in the early 2000s? I’m only judging by the fonts used for the Cloverleaf Mall sign, and for the Food Court.

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA

External Links:
Labelscar entry — apparently I missed taking a pic of the former Thalhimers that was way in the back of the mall.

Interior Pics taken by Flickr user aynebalesphotography

Exterior pics taken by the same Flickr user



  1. yep cloverleaf DID get a re-build in the 90’s but it might have been too little too late by that time “white flight” had happened and well you know the fate of any mall once that happens

    Comment by Christine Ford Khalsa — November 2, 2011 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for another cool entry. Only went to the mall a few times when visiting family in the area. Almost certainly in the 70s or 80s. Years later my niece worked a while as an usher at the multiplex there.

    Comment by Kevin Seward — November 2, 2011 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  3. Building to the right was originally Thalhimer’s/Hecht’s, and added on later. The mall orignially ended where the food court was, with a twin cinema. They later extended the mall down to the Thalhimer’s and made the cinema into a fourplex in a separate building in the back corner of the parking lot .They’ve begun the demo by taking down the former Sears Auto Center and Sears end of the mall, as well as t he cinema. Last to go will be the big brown and white JCP. Always amazing to me that no one ever thought, “Hey, this JCP really, really looks like 1972.” But, it looks persackly the same as when it opened up.

    Comment by Dave — December 15, 2011 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

  4. I last checked out Cloverleaf Mall in 2010. It looked pretty much like your pictures show, minus the big hole in the middle. At the time, the sides of the mall were fenced off, with notices that the area was being used by the Richmond police department for training.

    Comment by Takumi — January 15, 2012 @ 1:17 pm | Reply

  5. All gone now. Flatter than a pancake, rubble removed.

    Comment by Dave — March 12, 2012 @ 6:41 pm | Reply

  6. I was the assistand manager of the La Vogue at Cloverleaf Mall in 1978 and it was the happening place to be! Let’s hope it can rise from the rubble in its’ new incarnation. I hate to see that end of Midlo Turnpike abandoned!

    Comment by Beth — May 7, 2012 @ 10:01 am | Reply

    • Spent many a weekend cruising Cloverleaf. So sad to see these pictues.

      Comment by Charles Springer — March 6, 2013 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  7. My dad used to get his eyeglasses made at the Sears there. I spent a lot of time sitting around in that mall. The JC Penney looked as scary then too. My parent’s took me to my first movie in the movieplex in the back, one of the Star Trek films… so sad.

    Comment by Aijelle Tortilla — November 4, 2013 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

    • That theatre was open for only a few years. I think I saw either ‘Funhouse’ or ‘The Bodyguard’, I can’t remember which, there.

      Comment by FCA1975 — November 4, 2016 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  8. The “classy Sears” was not a Sears. It was the malls front/main entrance. The area there is not that bad. Well, the unfortunate murder of two employees at the “All For One” store, (I worked there wirh a friend a few years prior) was the only real incident in the area. The Honda dealership relocated to a newer/larger lot. It became a Hyundai dealership (well before they turned a new leaf and became who they are now) after Honda left. I have a ton of memories of this mall. I love what it has become. Just found out a few days ago there is new Tropical Smoothie, one of my favorite places, right across the street from the main entrance.

    Comment by FCA1975 — November 4, 2016 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

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