That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

April 29, 2016

2 pics of the closed Macys in Hampton

Filed under: "coliseum mall",dead stores,Hampton — Anita @ 9:56 pm

A comment I screened last night with inaccurate information about the Peninsula Town Center reminded me that I forgot to post these. I took these almost a month ago. I went to buy a pair of shoes at Sneakers in the Town Center and rolled by Macys to take two last shots:
Macys, Hampton, VA Closed March 2016

The person who made the inaccurate comment thought that this was a brand new building, it’s not — It was built as a Thalhimers in the early 1970s.

Macys, Hampton, VA, Closed

I just read rhat First Watch, a brunch kind of place is planning on opening soon at the town center. Noodles and Co. is coming soon as well.

October 24, 2015

Look Back: Christmas shopping – Daily Press

A long-standing holiday tradition – shopping!

Source: Look Back: Christmas shopping – Daily Press

August 7, 2013

Peninsula Town Center Infomation Pamphlet, 2007

Filed under: "coliseum mall" — Anita @ 5:12 pm

Wow, I accidentally hoarded this for years in my photobucket album. I got this in the mail some time in 2007, I think right after Coliseum mall was torn down. I’m trying to remember how I got my hands on it, I think I asked someone who was in charge of the transition process if the mall had their fixture sale yet, and of course in typical Anita fashion, I missed it. He offered to send me this though. There was some fantastic old photos of the mall in it:

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January 31, 2013

“Creditors say Peninsula Town Center owner defaulted on $168.5 million loan” (Daily Press, 1/31/13)

Filed under: "coliseum mall" — Anita @ 6:24 pm

 

dailypress.com/news/hampton/dp-nws-peninsula-town-center-default-20130130,0,6316799.story

dailypress.com

Creditors say Peninsula Town Center owner defaulted on $168.5 million loan

Properties will be auctioned Feb. 14

By Robert Brauchle, rbrauchle@dailypress.com | 757-247-2827

January 30, 2013

HAMPTON — The largest commercial development built within the city in the past 50 years has defaulted on a $168.5 million loan, according to a public notice announcing the upcoming auction of those properties.

 

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February 2, 2012

Gap @ Coliseum Mall (Daily Press archives)

Filed under: "coliseum mall" — Anita @ 1:02 pm

I found this today while searching the Daily Press archives, and I thought the order of the search results were amusing:

 

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December 17, 2011

Thalhimers, Coliseum Mall (1976-1992)

Filed under: "coliseum mall",commercials,dead chains — Anita @ 11:50 pm

Image from The Daily Press, the weekend Coliseum Mall shut down in 2007.

Thalhimers, Coliseum Mall, 11-14-1991.

Interior entrance, 11-14-1991, the day Thalhimers announced Hechts was taking over:

Gigantor Hecht's (Coliseum Mall, Hampton, VA)
(picture I took circa Summer of 2005)

Shopping bag my parents had stashed in their Christmas decorations, possibly older than I am, from the early 1980s maybe:

Thalhimer's Bag (possibly older than I am?)

Thalhimers Commercials:

Thalhimers 1-day Christmas sale Commercial 1986 — I like that they showed Snowbear at the end, not once, not twice, but three times.

Commercials 1986: Part 13 – 2 commercials in this break.

August 19, 2011

Malls They’re Not Just For Shopping Any More (1989, Daily Press)

Splash! 2-24-89 (The Daily Press)

Article

I need to go to the library when I have a chance and get this article from the microfilm and see if there are any photos of the malls.

//edit, October 15, 2011//
Checked it out today, there was no photos.

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August 4, 2011

“Hampton Malls Expand For ’90s” {daily press, May 20, 1990}

Hampton Malls Expand For ’90s
Cosmetic, Market Revamps Sought
May 20, 1990|By NEIL CORNISH Staff Writer

The air in Newmarket North mall at 8:30 a.m. is filled with the rich smell of doughnuts from one of the few stores open for business, interspersed with the sound of yapping pet store dogs and shouts from construction workers.

Long before the day’s shoppers arrive and the last of the morning mall walkers depart, work crews clean up from a night spent filling in floors, tearing away ceiling tiles and installing new plumbing in preparation of the mall’s transfiguration into Newmarket Fair this fall.

FOR THE RECORD – Published correction ran Wednesday, May 23, 1990. A story incorrectly stated that ceiling tiles removed during the renovation of Newmarket North mall were being “burned off as steam.” The tiles are to be burned at a steam-generating plant which uses trash for fuel.
Published correction ran Tuesday, May 22, 1990. An article said a three-horse carousel is being built near Newmarket North mall’s food court. The carousel will have three rings of horses, not three horses, said Gina Chastain, mall marketing director.

While the renovation work at Newmarket North continues, nearby Coliseum Mall, which completed a renovation project of its own in October, is looking to expand its influence in Hampton Roads in the next five years.

Raymond Tripp, who took over as Coliseum’s manager several weeks ago, said one of the property’s biggest goals is to attract a middle- to upper-end department store to serve as its fifth anchor tenant. The store likely will be in place by 1991 or 1992, he said.

Rob Belue, Newmarket North mall manager, said property owner Goodman Segar Hogan has set Nov. 4 as the date for the mall’s grand re-opening celebration. The $9-million renovation project includes the addition of 13,000 square feet of skylighting and an 11-tenant food court.

Newmarket’s renovation was announced when Goodman Segar acquired the 800,000-square-foot mall in July for $34 million. Company officials said then that Newmarket had slipped in competition with Coliseum and Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News.

Belue said sales during the construction have dropped less than 1 percent from the same time last year, which he attributed to customer curiosity and customer loyalty. Newmarket’s 1989 sales per square foot were approximately $190, he said.

Store managers contacted expressed mixed feelings about the mall’s performance during the renovation.

“We really haven’t had any negative comments from the customers,” said Courtney Williamson, manager of The Limited. “It’s definitely needed.”

“It seems to be going smoothly, but it has interrupted business,” said Debbie Landen, co-manager of Paul Harris. “But then you’ve got your nosy ones like me who want to see what’s going on.”

Goodman Segar is still trying to find a replacement for former anchor Miller & Rhoads, which closed its store in the mall in January. Whatever store replaces Miller & Rhoads likely won’t be open before 1991, Belue said.

Since the renovation began in January, the staircases at each end of the mall have been removed to make way for escalators and, at the end near Sears, a children’s recreation area and customer service booth.

Workers are leveling the mall’s first floor, which had several pit rest areas.

To make way for the skylighting, Belue said, work crews have disposed of an estimated 400 cubic yards of ceiling tiles, which have been taken to a recycling plant to be burned off as steam. Work crews also will remove the fake brick covering the 18-inch steel support beams, redesigning them as columns.

The food court, which will be called “Eats,” also be the site of a recreation-electronic games room, Belue said. A three-horse carousel will be added near the food court, on the second floor near the former Miller & Rhoads store.

Belue said the trend among developers now is to remodel existing structures instead of building new shopping centers. “All the land that would be good for shopping centers is gone,” he said.

At Coliseum, in addition to finding a fifth anchor, “we’re obviously looking very hard for a good children’s store to go into the mall, and we’d like more women’s apparel,” Tripp said. One women’s apparel store, Gantos, opened in Coliseum this week, and another store, Limited Express, is scheduled to open in a few weeks.

Following the completion of Coliseum’s renovation in October, some of the merchants who were relocated experienced a 2 percent to 3 percent drop in sales, Tripp said. “Their traditional customers didn’t realize where they were,” he said.

Tripp said he was encouraged by first-quarter sales figures, which show mall sales up 7.2 percent from the same period in 1989. Coliseum’s sales per square foot are “decent, but they stand to be improved,” he said; he declined to say what they were.

The mall will continue to battle with Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News to attract shoppers from the Denbigh and York County areas, Tripp said. “I think we’re sharing the market right now,” he said.

July 30, 2011

Coliseum Mall Food Court – So Many Choices (February 11, 1993, Daily Press)

Filed under: "coliseum mall" — Anita @ 9:26 pm

article here.

It is very rare that every family member is happy with the group’s choice of a restaurant. The Food Place, located inside Coliseum Mall in Hampton, can solve squabbles over where to eat.

The Food Place is covered with a large glass dome, and it has many different trees as well as an assortment of live plants and ivy which create an outdoor cafe atmosphere. Whether visitors come to the Food Place for a meal or just for a snack during a busy day of shopping, they are sure to find the setting relaxed and inviting.

Eleven different food merchants offer unlimited options. Pizza fanatics can stop by Sbarro, while those with a taste for Oriental cuisine may pick Chao Praya. Wendy’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers serves up hot french fries, hamburgers and specialty sandwiches, and Chick-fil-a is best known for its chicken items. Taco Viva brings the flavor of Mexico to the Food Place, and the Sandwich Place specializes in submarines. Opt for something from Corn Dog on a Stick, or try a warm sandwich from Philly Steak & Grinders. Hot dog lovers can choose Orange Julius, and potato fans may pick Boardwalk Fries for their meal. Cinnabon, with its wide array of pastries, is just the place to indulge a sweet tooth.

May 29, 2010

Peninsula Town Center Directory

Filed under: "coliseum mall" — Anita @ 1:08 pm

PDF

Also for some unknown reason, there is an …. iPhone/iPod touch app for the shopping center?!

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