That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

April 26, 2017

Old Peanut Patch store to be demolished (tidewater news, April 19, 2017)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anita @ 1:19 pm

I was wondering what was missing on the way to work the other day.

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COURTLAND
The old Peanut Patch store across the street from the post office on Main Street in Courtland will be demolished this Saturday beginning at 7 a.m., according to Anthony Martinette, the building’s current owner.

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“I wish I could have saved the building but it’s not repairable because of water damage,” he said. “Hopefully the post office will move there and have more parking; they have no parking where they’re at.”

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“The furniture maker back then was also the undertaker; he made wooden coffins and they were stored upstairs and carried down that wide staircase,” said Judy Riddick, the owner of The Peanut Patch Gift Shoppe, which she and her husband, Bob, operated out of the building from 1973 to 1994 before moving the business to its current location next to the Dairy Queen on U.S. Route 58.

She added that the building was once adjacent to several connected storefronts that stretched all the way to Main Street’s intersection with the railroad tracks, some of which included a general store, a billiard room and a fish market.

Martinette said that he has arranged for Bryant Excavations of Smithfield to conduct the demolition and Crowder and White Contracting, located on General Thomas Highway, to haul away the debris. He added that he has encountered no resistance to his plans to demolish the building.

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April 19, 2017

At Home opens in old Hills building

Filed under: Hampton,then & now — Anita @ 9:53 am

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PLANO, Texas, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Specialty retailer brings on-trend furniture and accessories for any style or budget

At Home Group Inc. (NYSE: HOME) will open its new Hampton location today, Wednesday, April 19, at 1072 W. Mercury Blvd. in the Riverdale Plaza Shopping Center.

The 91,000-square-foot home decor superstore, the sixth in Virginia, will offer more than 50,000 home decor items from furniture, rugs, art and housewares to tabletop, patio and seasonal items.

“We offer the widest selection of home decor items to fit any budget or style, from boho to luxe, modern to traditional,” said Constance Williams, At Home store director. “We welcome everyone to explore the store and find decorating inspiration to turn any house into a home.”

Shoppers will find new design ideas throughout the store, with room vignettes that are continually updated to showcase new trends and seasonal items. More than 400 new products are brought in each week to provide fresh inspiration.

Grand opening events include a ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m., Friday, April 28, with the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, followed by mystery gift card giveaways to the first 50 people in line during the grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 29.

The new retail destination brings 25 jobs to Hampton.


Old Riverdale Shopping Center, Hampton, VA

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I am so excited that a store took a chance on opening in the old Hills building which was abandoned for 20 years. Hills closed in January of 1997.

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