That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

April 13, 2012

Human remains at old Cloverleaf Mall site about 100 yrs old –

Filed under: Cloverleaf Mall — Anita @ 9:56 pm

Human remains at old Cloverleaf Mall site about 100 yrs old –, VA News, Weather, Traffic & Sports.

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – New information on the human remains found at the old Cloverleaf Mall site.

Police returned today but are now done with their investigation. It’s now in the hands of archeologists.

Police believe the remains are about 100 years old and part of a grave site. That’s based on some items found with the bones.

The investigation has not shut down construction of a new Kroger. Crews are working on the other 98% of the property now alongside an archeologist. Among the bulldozers, police cruisers at the construction site for a new Kroger.

While police combed the site Wednesday morning, a detective reviewed property records at the Chesterfield County Courthouse for a chain of deeds.

Late Tuesday, crews filling in a soft spot in the dirt, came across a human skull, bones, ornamental casket handles and a specific type of screw consistent with holding tops of caskets down.

Key pieces to the puzzle.

“If they have the casket handles, they are able to look at how they are made, date partly on stylistic grounds how we date an Egyptian coffin,” said Dr. Peter Schertz, an ancient art curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

He said a form of radio carbon dating is a technique commonly used when examining bone samples.

“It’s not going to give you May 1st, 1925 this person died. You don’t get something that accurate, but you could probably get it down to around 1920 plus or minus ten years,” said Dr. Schertz.

The developer said there was about 30 to 40 years of plant growth above the six to eight feet deep grave site.

Picture where Cloverleaf Mall stood. The Crosland developer tells me crews uncovered the remains in about a 10×20 foot plot just south of the old Hecht’s building underneath what was a parking lot.

The site is not a crime scene. Police are stepping aside to allow an archeologist to finish work. The developer for the Kroger store doesn’t expect a full excavation.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is working to identify possible family members of the previous property owners.

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January 13, 2012

Vintage Richmond: Regency Mall construction – 1975

Filed under: Cloverleaf Mall,other malls,Retail/Mall fan websites — Anita @ 12:45 am

Vintage Richmond: Regency Mall construction – 1975.


Also, some 1970s photos of Cloverleaf Mall.

November 2, 2011

Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, VA (abandoned since 2008)

Filed under: Cloverleaf Mall,dead stores,deadmalls — 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

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