That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

March 13, 2021

Three purposed plans for MacArthur Center (Norfolk, VA)

Filed under: deadmalls — Anita @ 9:39 pm

Keep in mind, these are just “we’re thinking about it” plans. I didn’t even realize that the place was becoming a dead mall until Nordstrom moved out a year and a half ago.

https://archive.is/oyG6K — I don’t like the misleading title that it may hit the wrecking ball. I really think that idea will be the absolute last resort. The one that seems the most feasible (to me!) would be the offices on the first floor/stores on the second floor.

https://archive.is/7znRi — this article is from wvec, the local station in Norfolk.

I haven’t been to the mall since December of 2019. I noticed that the Dillards there sells vintage used Louis Vuitton purses. That’s interesting.

/edit, 4/6/2021/

There was a false post on a real estate site this weekend stating that the mall was up for sale. It’s not for sale.

December 9, 2020

424. Black Friday though the years (Hampton/Newport News, VA), part 2, 1990-1999 (crosspost from my “history” blog)

A reminder of the movers and shakers and failures of the retail landscape of Hampton and Newport News back then: 

Coliseum Mall

Newmarket North / Newmarket Fair Mall 

Patrick Henry Mal

Bart is the star of 1990′s coverage. My mom loved Everything’s a $1.00 back then. It felt like we were at the Newmarket location every weekend when I was in the first grade. I found a copy of the Simpsons Christmas book there. K&K Toys was an unfortunate name for a store. 

Oh boy, this is the beginning of the end of Newmarket Fair Mall (formerly known as Newmarket North). They had just finished 10 months of remodeling, just to have several stores leave after their leases expired, and one of the anchor stores, Miller & Rhoads closed the year before. This is the final time in Daily Press history that Newmarket Fair Mall is mentioned in Black Friday coverage. 

1991

The Fisher-Price Game table! With the commercial where the boys played games on the table all day and half the night! 

This was the first year that Kmart decided to be redic. and stay open on Thanksgiving. My mom and I were there that day! This was the thanksgiving that my dad was out to sea, and mom decided that we would just eat at Piccadilly Cafeteria at Coliseum Mall that day and hit KMart later to pick up Home Alone on VHS. 

Note that Newmarket Fair wasn’t mentioned! 

President Bush bought some Reeboks and slime for the grandkids. 

1992

1992′s coverage was sparse. Rollerblade dolls were hot. 

1993

Roses got a shout out. This was right before they turned into a dump. Still a dump in 2020! Newmarket Fair which was one foot in the grave at this point, only receiving a quick Sears mention. Above is a Proffitt’s ad from 1996 that shows what the Cracker Jack sale was all about. Proffitt’s didn’t last long at Coliseum, closed in 1997 and then Dillard’s moved in. 

1994

This was the first year my paper went to WalMart, which is strange considering WalMart opened around 1991 in Hampton. Took them three years to get there. Maybe the Newport News location was new in 1994. There was a $139 VCR on sale at WalMart if you got there at six am. 

The Cracker Jack promo was back at Proffitt’s. I forgot that they had two separate stores in Coliseum Mall, because they took over the old Children’s Palace and Hess’s store. So if you needed women’s clothes and men’s clothes, you had to go clear across the mall for the men’s clothes.  

Our Super KMart got a mention too. 

1995 

1995 feels like the first year that the discount stores beat the malls in popularity on Black Friday.  Hills, which had just opened in Hampton was the the star in 1995. By January of 1997, they were toast. The store stayed vacant from 1997-2017 when an At Home store finally moved in. 

My mom and I actually went to Coliseum Mall on Black Friday that year. The first time I had ever been to the stores that day. I don’t remember it being that crazy.

1995 was also the last year someone said they were excited to go to Montgomery Ward. 

1996

Aw, weeks before Hills closed, and months after we got our first Target. Brenda forgot her shoes! Jeanie got her Tickle Me Elmo! Internet greetings at Patrick Henry Mall! People fought over a dinky gift bag at Target!: 

1997

Daily Press didn’t have the 1997 newspaper.

I saved this paper when I was 15! I’m surprised Montgomery Ward carried Furby. 

1999

Barely any mall coverage in 1999, mostly focusing on stores like Toys R Us and the guy who hoarded all those monitors at CompUSA. Check out Carol and her walkie talkie! 

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December 7, 2020

424. Black Friday though the years (Hampton/Newport News, VA), part 1, 1980-1989 [crosspost]

(cross post from my “history” blog)

I know everything is going wrong right now, and I know, priorities, but sometimes I really just miss going to the store. I didn’t do Black Friday in person this year, due to the obvious. I only went grocery shopping for my mom on Black Friday this year. 

(Woolco, 1980 or 1981) 

So beginning with the parade on Thanksgiving, I hopped on ProQuest and began looking at my local newspapers for their Black Friday coverage in the 80s and 90s. 

I’ll try and set up the retail landscape of the area to the best of my ability and using my retail blog for assistance. Here’s all my information about Newmarket North / Newmarket Fair Mall. It started dying in 1989 when local retailer Miller & Rhoads shut down. By 1994 it was pretty much toast other than Sears, and around 1997, the former anchor stores were renovated into offices. Now the mall is all offices, except for the empty Sears which closed in 2018 and was one of the last locations in the state, and the Piccadilly cafeteria. 

Coliseum Mall was the mall in the area until about 2003? when Burlington Coat Factory moved in at the old Montgomery Wards, and Dillards moved out. After that, things went downhill fast, and by 2007 the mall was town down, and was rebuilt into an open air shopping area with apartments and a big Target and a rebuilt JCPenney. 

1980

Shopping was “fast and furious” at Newmarket by 11am. The stores opened at … 8am. Toys R Us and Lionel Playworld were new to the area. 

1981

This is the only photo I’ve seen of this JCPenney location that was almost across the street from Newmarket North Mall, at the Newmarket South Shopping Center. I was surprised that it was still open in 1981, considering that Coliseum Mall had a giant JCPenney just a five minute drive away. 

1982

Five people had to direct traffic at Coliseum Mall! 

Unfortunately, ProQuest did not have the 1983 paper. Which I’m so mad about because I was born in 1983. 

1984

Back when there was traffic on Mercury Blvd. Also, can’t you imagine a giant six kid family coming out of that giant van in the parking lot?

1985

1985′s coverage was half-rear ended. It’s truly bizarre to me to picture Newmarket North being busy. By the time my first real memories begin in 1988, 1989, I never remembered the mall being “busy”. 

1986

Okay, so I had no clue that Sears was still selling real fur coats in their stores in 1986. I didn’t think Sears old fur coats all, even in the catalogs at this point. Miller & Rhoads had an on site fur vault at their Newmarket location. I wonder why those ladies weren’t picketing that.

1987

How could I forget 1987?! That was the year that the next town over, Newport News got their own mall: Patrick Henry Mall. Although in the beginning things seemed awfully slow according to this article.

Check out the Fisher Price vacuum cleaner a couple is buying at the Children’s Palace toy store at Coliseum Mall. I had one of those! 

1988

As I said earlier, my earliest memories begin in 1988, 1989. My parents did NOT go to Coliseum Mall back then, citing that it was always so crowded. So I have no memories of that mall until the mid 90s.

Nintendo Computer Games

1989

Wendy just wanted the 106 fm Wild Money Man. 

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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

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.

(more…)

August 4, 2011

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

“Hampton Malls Expand For ’90s” {daily press, May 20, 1990}//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

“Hampton Malls Expand For ’90s” {daily press, May 20, 1990}//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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",deadmalls,other malls,patrick henry mall — Anita @ 9:26 pm

Coliseum Mall Food Court, February 11, 1993

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.

//edit, September 8, 2019//

I found another food court article, this time from 2/25/1990:

 
Hampton Roads Mall Food Courts article//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Today’s shopping malls don’t just have restaurants and fast-food stands; they have food courts – concourses where you can feast on a variety of gastronomical delights including .00corndogs and the most delicately seasoned Far Eastern fare.

The food courts exude an air of fun and present an array of choices about what to have for lunch, dinner or as a snack.

Hampton Roads has six malls with food courts, with most of the eateries chain outfits. So what’s the difference, we wondered?

Armed with hearty appetites and $7, six reporters were sent to discover what these food courts are like and sample the cuisine.

Here’s our checklist of the food courts, a guide so the next time you shop ’til you drop, you can re-energize with a little class.

PATRICK HENRY MALL

Patio Food Court

12300 Jefferson Ave., Newport News

249-2342.

Directions: Take exit 61A off Interstate 64.

Where food court is located: In rear of mall, with AMC Patrick Henry 7 Theatres at one end.

How many food booths? Eight.

More planned? Yes, with room for five more booths. A Greek restaurant is one possibility. Mexican, deli and Japanese sushi are other cuisines being considered.

Some examples: Philly Steaks & Grinders, Spuds Burgers & Veggies, Dogs Etc. and Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips.

How are dining facilities set up? Attractive wood-surface tables with comfortable chairs. Chairs can be moved to accommodate a larger group. Seating for about 350 people.

General atmosphere/decor: Casual, outdoor cafe atmosphere complete with umbrella tables and plants.

Cleanliness: Clean and well-maintained.

Entertainment? Stage area for professional and civic groups to perform. Entertainment at least twice a month, plus free Bingo 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Most popular-appearing booth(s): Chick-Fil-A, Chao Praya, Villa Pizza.

How was your $7 spent? Chao Praya combo platter of pepper steak, fried rice and wontons, and a small Pepsi ($4.32); small Pepsi (75 cents); and a small serving of Knuckle Heads Yogurt with two toppings ($1.87).

Taste? Entree was tasty but could have been hotter. Yogurt was creamy and well-flavored with fresh tasting toppings.

Service: Good.

Other eating facilities at the mall: Ruby Tuesday, plus specialty food stores: Bavarian Pretzel, The Original Cookie Co., Cindy’s Cinnamon Rolls and Candy Cottage & Gift Shop.

Comments: Background “piped in” music in the food court was pleasant because it wasn’t too loud. There is no “No Smoking” section.

COLISEUM MALL

The Food Place

1800 W. Mercury Blvd., Hampton

838-1505

Directions: Mercury Boulevard exit (toward Hampton Coliseum) off Interstate 64.

Where food court is located: Entrance D near Fountain Court.

How mny food booths: 2, with nine open. Additional booths will be open by May, to be occupied by Wendy’s (two booths) and the Subway Station.

Examples: Chick-Fil-A, Philly Steak, Everything Yogurt, Chao Praya, Orange Julius, Cinnabons.

How are dining facilities set up? Light and airy. Walls are pastel under raised skylight, white tables and lots of hanging ferns and plants. Seating for about 300 in central area.

Cleanliness: Well-kept, though slightly dusty from new construction.

Most popular booth: Sbarro Italian Eatery, Philly Steak.

Entertainment: No. Some being considered for future.

How was $7 spent? Philly cheese steak grinder ($3.59) and fries (95 cents) from Philly Steak, stir-fried vegetables ($1.89) from Chao Praya.

Taste: OK. Fries were decent; vegetables crisp though bland; grinder was very good – meat was tasty, soft roll, good onions.

Service: Excellent and friendly.

Other eating facilities: Golden Pizza, Bresler’s Ice Cream, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Original Cookie Co., Blue Hawaii.

Comments: On a recent Tuesday evening, only 25-30 people there. There’s a neat “family restroom” that’s essentially a large room with a baby changing table and a sink, with a single bathroom to the side. While the entrance of the mall was crowded with teen-agers, they weren’t hanging out in The Food Place. It seems like a very separate place from the mall. Court was completed Oct. 30, 1989.

WATERSIDE FESTIVAL MARKETPLACE

333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk

627-3300

Directions: From Interstate 64 East, take Interstate 264 West to downtown Norfolk and follow signs to Waterside Drive.

Where food court is located: ractically the entire lower level is devoted to food.

How many food booths? 26. No expansion planned, but there is a steady turnover. Coming soon: Piroshki’s, a joint Russian-U.S. venture selling Russian fast food.

Examples: Pizza; Chinese; specialty popcorn; fudge; pasta; ice cream, candy and nuts; Greek; Filipino.

How are dining facilities set up? Butcher block tables and stools with seating for 380 people. Two booths with seated counter service.

General atmosphere/decor: Brick tile floor, blue trim on wooden tables, glass elevator, plants, aquarium. Open to second floor; bright, cheerful, noisy when busy.

Cleanliness: Seemed clean, well-swept; plenty of trash cans; however spill of french fries went unattended for 20 minutes and was still there when we left.

Entertainment: Employees at the Fudgery put on show and give out free licks. Indoor entertainment almost daily; special festivals at weekends.

Most popular-appearing booths: The Fudgery, Hasskins Fries, Phillips, Salad Gourmet.

How was your $7 spent? Chicken cashew sandwich from The Salad Gourmet ($3.39); “cup” of regular fries (the smallest serving) from Hasskins Fries ($1.80); single-dip ice cream cone at High’s ($1.18); gummi bears from Bayside Fruit and Nut ($1).

Taste: Sandwich was excellent and fresh – chicken and cashews in a creamy, lightly seasoned dressing served with leaf lettuce on whole-wheat bread. Fries were dark, good with vinegar and extra salt.

Service: Fairly fast and pleasant.

Other eating facilities at mall: There are seven other restaurants, including Phillips Seafood, Il Porto Italian and Il Porto Light restaurants and Melvin’s Deli on the first floor. Also Reggie’s British Pub, Shine Shine Palace and Taki’s Taverna.

Comments: The whole mall is geared around eating. There are no chain outlets: all are independents, though many are offshoots of successful area restaurants.

GREENBRIER MALL

Cafe Boulevard

1401 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake

424-7100

Directions: Take Interstate 64 east to Greenbrier Parkway South exit. Mall is just beyond overpass on left side.

Where food court is located: On north side of mall near Sears. It’s a long hallway set back from retail shops. It was moved to its present location a year and a half ago when the mall was renovated.

How many booths? 10. Mall is negotiating to bring in 1-2 more tenants, but nothing is definite.

Examples: McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Chick-Fil-A, Scotto’s Pizza, Hot Dogs & More, Great China Express, Original Cookie Co., Corn Dog on a Stick, Philly Steak & Sub Co. and Freshen’s Yogurt.

How are dining facilities set up? 480 seats divided into three sections. Two are in the middle of the court, with rows of booths on either side. There’s also a separate non-smoking section surrounded by a metal gate.

General atmosphere: Cute, clever design that has a theme of a street cafe. Four-top tables have cream-colored cloth umbrellas like at an outdoor bistro. There appear to be brick roads on either side of the seating areas where patrons can go up to the food booths. Street lamps on metal poles help light the court and potted plants are everywhere. Booths have orange neon signs and maroon awnings.

Cleanliness: Very clean.

Entertainment: Occasional Saturday fashion shows and booths for face painting or balloon sculptures.

Most popular-appearing booths: McDonald’s seemed constantly crowded. Other popular booths were Chick-Fil-A and Great China Express.

How was $7 spent? Two slices of pizza and a drink ($2.95); Kung Bo Shrimp and rice, with drink ($5).

Taste: The Chinese food was liquidy, bland and unappetizing. Pizza was thin but had good tasting tomato sauce and cheese – a good value.

Service: Slow but friendly.

Other eating places at mall: Great China restaurant, Piccadilly Cafeteria.

Comments: This place has the big-name fast-food restaurants, which seem popular. It’s roomy to sit in and a good place to watch people. We enjoyed it, down to topping off our dinner with a few video games.

LYNNHAVEN MALL

Food Court

South Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach

340-9340

Directions: Mall is three miles south of Route 44 Lynnhaven exit.

Where food court is located: Second floor near Atrium entrance.

How man food booths? 7, with one more planned.

Some examples: Philadelphia Steak & Sub, McDonald’s, California Smoothie, Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips, Famous Corn Dog.

How are dining facilities set up? Seating for 600, with blond wood tables and cream-colored, padded ice cream parlor chairs. Food court overlooks greenery, fountains and a sculpture on the ground floor. Soft background music piped in.

General atmosphere/decor: Clean and colorful and good variety of food stands.

Cleanliness: Even at dinnertime, when traffic is heaviest, floor was shiny, tables and chairs orderly.

Entertainment: Live piano music occasionally.

Most popular-appearing booths: Chic-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Luca Pizza.

How was $7 spent? Sbarro cheese pizza slice ($1.49); Boardwalk Fries’ Buffalo wings with fries and soft drink ($4.29 plus tax).

Taste: Pizza was cheesy, chewy and hot. Wings were fairly meaty and tangy, and fries were thin, narrow and not greasy.

Service: At Sbarro, the cashier and the server behind the counter were super-polite, with the demeanor of waiters in a good restaurant. Attired in uniform and apron, they were clean, crisp and efficient.

Other restaurants in the mall: Spinnaker’s, Chinatown Restaurant and The Sword & Kilt (in Thalhimer’s department store).

Comments: Good food, good shopping. What more do you need?

CHESAPEAKE SQUARE

Treats

4200 Portsmouth Blvd., Chesapeake

488-9636

Directions: From James River Bridge, follow U.S. 17 south, take a right on Shoulders Hill Road, left on Nansemond Parkway which becomes Portsmouth Boulevard.

Location of food curt: nside main entrance.

How many food booths? 11. Seafood, soup and taco booths to be added.

Examples: Philly Steak, Sbarro Italian Eatery, McDonald’s, Chao Praya (Chinese), Corn Dog On a Stick, Chick-Fil-A, Everything Yogurt, Original Cookie Co., Bananas Fruit Shakes.

How are dining facilities set up? Large central eating area with blue Formica tables and wooden slat chairs; booths on the perimeter. Seating for 415.

Atmosphere: Cathedral ceiling with skylights and colorful banners with nautical designs. Dining area contains large planters with palm trees and plants.

Cleanliness: Clean and well-kept.

Entertainment: Occasional entertainers and fashion shows. No regular schedule.

Most popular-appearing booths: Philly Steak, Sbarro (for pizza), McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A.

How was $7 spent? Strawberry fruit shake, $1.63; Philly cheese steak, $3.61; slice of pizza, $1.63. Taste: average, nothing special.

Service: Good, friendly.

Other eating facilities: Ruby Tuesday, Morrison’s Cafeteria, Monk’s Cheesesteaks and Cheeseburgers.

Comments: Mall opened in October 1989. A great gathering place for teens and people taking a shopping break. Busy on weekends.

https://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-xpm-19900225-1990-02-25-9002210294-story.html

archive: http://archive.is/WfPfR

August 9, 2009

Target + Chesapeake Square Mall, Chesapeake, VA

Filed under: deadmalls,Target — Anita @ 9:51 pm

Dad and I drove to Norfolk last Saturday (to see if the cracks in my MacBook could get fixed, they didn’t have the part), and then we had to find a Target so I could get my prescription filled so we kept on getting lost and wound up in Chesapeake, to the Chesapeake Square Mall. Boy has that place changed from the last time I went there when I was like 15-ish. It still has anchor stores, but the actual stores in the mall are getting kinda junky, there’s nothing special about it really.

$500 Popeye

Except for $500 Popeye at the tacky gift shop (lol it has these “plaques” of celebrities, that is just a stock photo of them, and some random facts everybody and their cousin knows) that was going out of business.

Target, Chesapeake Square Mall

The mall now has a Target which wasn’t there the last time I visited. It’s the first time I’ve ever been inside a mall location Target. When I came back to get my prescription, I saw this skank walking around with the pink polkadot body pillow that I wanted to get because it matches my green polka dot comforter I bought a few weeks ago.

The service in the Pharmacy was terrible. C&P’d from my Yelp review on it:

I only went here because my dad and I were on the road and I needed my prescription filled before we got back home to the boonies.

Since this is a mall location, it is quite small compared to other Target stores, and there are less check out lanes. Also, the store has an odd layout (just an example, all the dorm stuff is scattered around the store instead of just in one section), and there are a few dark spots in the store.

The pharmacy staff is extremely rude, all they cared about when I got there to drop off my prescription was going on their break and when I came back to get it the cashier was extremely rude, at first not even acknowledging that we could in fact pay for our other purchases at the pharmacy as well. She also refused to take our stuff out of the handbasket, and didn’t even put my merchandise in the reuseable bag I gave her, she just like, put the stuff on top of the bag.

I took the Target survey that is on most of Target’s receipts on my iPhone as my dad drove us home. I gave this store a scathing review, hopefully someone at HQ reads it.

//edit, August 11, 2009//

Saw this article today:

Published on HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com (http://hamptonroads.com)
Dillard’s will close Chesapeake Square store by October

CHESAPEAKE

Dillard’s plans to close its Chesapeake Square department store – one of five locations in Hampton Roads – by early October, a Dillard’s spokeswoman said Monday.

Struggling with falling sales, Dillard’s Inc. has been closing underperforming stores for the past year. The Chesapeake Square store, which occupies two sites inside the mall, is among five that Dillard’s slated to shut this year.

Dillard’s filed notice with the state that it will lay off the store’s 45 employees by Sept. 23. The retailer is trying to find jobs for those workers at other locations, said Julie Bull, the spokeswoman for the retailer based in Little Rock, Ark.

Dillard’s has no plans to close any of its other four stores in Hampton Roads, Bull said. Those stores are at Greenbrier Mall in Chesapeake, MacArthur Center in Norfolk, Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach and Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News.

“Our commitment to the Hampton Roads area remains tremendously strong,” she said.

At Chesapeake Square, Dillard’s used one store for men’s and children’s merchandise and the other for women’s clothing, accessories and cosmetics. The two sites totaled about 100,000 square feet, smaller than most of the chain’s stores, Bull said.

Simon Property Group Inc., which owns Chesapeake Square, has no immediate plan for the Dillard’s space, said Les Morris, spokesman for the Indianapolis company, the nation’s largest shopping mall operator.

“We will look for a replacement tenant,” he said, adding that Simon could replace the single stores with multiple retailers. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be a one-for-one exchange.”

Dillard’s came to Hampton Roads in 1997 after purchasing local department stores from Proffitt’s Inc.

That put Dillard’s in Chesapeake Square, Greenbrier Mall, Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach, Patrick Henry Mall and Coliseum Mall in Hampton.

The Southeastern retailer set out to dominate the local market.

In 1998, Dillard’s and Belk swapped several department stores in Virginia and other states, giving Dillard’s a location at Lynnhaven Mall and second locations at Chesapeake Square and two other local malls. The following year, Dillard’s opened a 250,000-square-foot anchor store at MacArthur Center in downtown Norfolk.

“We were really wanting to expand in Virginia,” Bull said.

Dillard’s closed its Pembroke Mall store in July 2002, the same year it expanded at Lynnhaven Mall. Coliseum Mall was razed in early 2007 to make way for the new Peninsula Town Center.

The five local Dillard’s are among a total of nine in Virginia and 314 nationwide.

Last year, Dillard’s closed 21 stores as part of a “strategic” plan that began before the current economic challenges, Bull said.

In May, the company reported that first-quarter net sales dropped 12 percent to $1.47 billion from the same time last year, and sales in comparable stores – those open 12 months or more, providing the best measure of year-over-year performance – fell 13 percent.

Carolyn Shapiro, (757) 446-2270, carolyn.shapiro@pilotonline.com

March 21, 2009

“Colonial Mall [Staunton Mall] — Augusta, Virginia”

September 20, 2008

Books a Million, Moved September 2008, Staunton, VA

Filed under: dead stores,deadmalls,Staunton,Staunton Mall — Anita @ 11:37 pm

Ok, so you know last week I visited Staunton Mall for the first time? Well, the girl across the hall from me wanted to find a bookstore, and I told her there was a Books a Million in Staunton Mall, so I drove her there.

Books a Million, Moved September 2008, Staunton, Va
Books a Million, moved September, 2008, Staunton, VA

THE BOOKSTORE PACKED UP AND WENT AWAY. It was perfectly normal last Friday when we went in there. I thought it had closed down completely, but turns out it just moved to Waynesboro.

Ok, this place is officially a dead mall. I mean its mostly mom and pop places, two of the anchors are closed/in the process of closing, I’m sending my pictures to Brian over at deadmalls.com tonight.

//edit, September 25 2008//

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