That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

May 8, 2017

So I just found out the Kmart in Hampton closed … last year

Filed under: dead stores,Hampton,Kmart — Anita @ 8:24 pm

I completely missed the bus on this one. And this was a big one! I’ve been really out of the loop lately with my Hampton stuff. I rarely go out there these days.

This is really spergy, but for years I’ve had this dream where I’m driving down Mercury Blvd, and I look over and Kmart is gone, and I’m like “wha?”. Turns out it happened for real today. It’s been closed for almost a year, I completely missed the article on Daily Press (.pdf).
KMart (Hampton, VA 1988)//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

This is a pic my mom took back in 1988. This was back when the marchers for the Christmas parade would meet up at KMart. Now everybody just marches through the Peninsula Town Center.

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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.

February 2, 2016

Kroger to anchor $60M renovation of Hampton shopping center

Filed under: dead stores,Hampton — Anita @ 11:56 am

I just found this out while dillydallying on the Daily Press’ webpage. It’s a miracle, you guys, a miracle.  This place has been dead since ’99:

 

One of the oldest shopping centers in Hampton’s Coliseum Central District is set for a $60 million overhaul pending the final sale of the property.

Hampton development officials announced plans Monday to redevelop the Riverdale Plaza Shopping Center, which includes plans for a new 123,000-square-foot Kroger Marketplace grocery store to help anchor the project.

At Home, a national home décor and furniture store based in Plano, Texas, is also set to anchor the retail center at 1072 W. Mercury Blvd. with a 91,000-square-foot store, company officials announced last week.

Augusta, Ga.-based Southeastern Development Associates would maintain and manage the retail center once the sale of the property closes, said Southeastern Development Associates President Mark Senn.

Senn said officials plan to rename the aging center Riverpointe.

All parties involved in the final transaction, including Kroger, had not reached a final agreement on the property sale by press time Monday evening.

 

 

November 17, 2015

“Our Snow Bear Scrapbook: Memories and Recipes from Thhimers” (Elizabeth and Sallie Thalhimer), 2000

Filed under: Christmas,dead chains,dead stores,Richmond — Anita @ 10:05 pm

  
Aw, that part made me sad.
Snow Bear lives on. The blog entry from Elizabeth is from 2012, but apparently he still works at the Repertory Theater in Richmond.  

October 24, 2015

Look Back: Christmas shopping – Daily Press

A long-standing holiday tradition – shopping!

Source: Look Back: Christmas shopping – Daily Press

September 5, 2015

“Newmarket Theatre ’65 time capsule to be opened” (Daily Press, 9/5/2015)

Filed under: dead stores,Hampton,newmarket fair mall,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 10:57 pm

Newmarket Theater '65 time capsule to be opened.

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July 24, 2015

Drone Video of Dead Mall Called ‘Creepy’

Filed under: dead stores — Anita @ 1:19 am

YouTube user Mike Purks posted the eerie video June 25, which combines video shot with a GoPro camera while walking through the empty, dusty hallways with soaring drone footage around the exterior. The video is accompanied by music from the “Nightmare on Elm Street” horror film.
Link to video

January 8, 2015

A List of Stores That JC Penney Plans to Close – NYTimes.com

Filed under: dead stores,deadmalls.com,J.C. Penney,williamsburg — Anita @ 6:53 pm

A List of Stores That JC Penney Plans to Close – NYTimes.com.

 

Some of these mall names I recognize from reading the emails in my deadmalls.com inbox. Locally, the JC Penney in Williamsburg is closing. While the store is just a few years old, its located out in the middle of nowhere, next to a a water park that is only open during the Summer. Wasn’t the old “Presidential Park” with the giant president heads across the street from it too?

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November 19, 2014

Kids skateboard in an abandoned KMart (2009)

Filed under: dead stores,Kmart — Anita @ 10:10 pm

 

 

I had a dream like this a few months ago. The KMart in the town I grew up in closed, and at nights the abandoned store would become a skatepark. The boys who ran the place wouldn’t let me go in to take pictures.

May 5, 2014

Fire at the Soaps n’ Suds in front of Kmart (Hampton)

Filed under: dead stores,Hampton,Kmart — Anita @ 4:48 pm

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