That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

May 10, 2020

Escalator Accident at Newmarket North Mall, May 8, 1989

Filed under: newmarket fair mall — Anita @ 12:09 pm

I’m absolutely terrified of escalators. I don’t like the “up” escalator, because you’re going high up in the air, under no control of your own, you worry about falling over the side, even if you know you’re far too big to fall over the side. The “down” one scares me even more, seeing those all those little teeth on the edge of the stairs, ready to stab your body if you stumble while getting on the step. I know, I still have the scar on my knee from when I stumbled getting on a stair at the old Sears at the old Newmarket Fair Mall in ‘99.

Speaking of Newmarket, this is where this entry started. During this quarantine, I’ve been working on reviving this website. I have access to Proquest from the Newport News Library, so I’ve been getting newspaper articles about my two dead malls in the town I grew up in. I found one article about Newmarket that made me incredibly sad, realizing that I had walked by the site where a girl was killed because she was playing on an escalator so many times growing up.

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May 6, 2020

Thalhimers Coliseum Mall location grand opening, 10-17-1977

Filed under: "coliseum mall",dead chains — Anita @ 12:38 am

thalhimers announcement at Coliseum Mall, 1 12 1977

Announcement, 1/12/1977

Thalhimers Grand Opening, 10-17-1977, Coliseum Mall, Hampton, VA

They got it 💯!

thalhimeres grand opening 7 10-18-1977

Hold up, they had tarantulas? You could buy a dog at Thalhimers?

Giant ads under the cut:

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