That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

January 8, 2015

A List of Stores That JC Penney Plans to Close –

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

A List of Stores That JC Penney Plans to Close –


Some of these mall names I recognize from reading the emails in my 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?


September 28, 2011

JCPenney Goes For Broke With Remarkably Dumb, Sexist Ad

Filed under: commercials,J.C. Penney — Anita @ 11:24 am

JCPenney Goes For Broke With Remarkably Dumb, Sexist Ad. {}


Seriously, how stupid is this commercial?


August 19, 2011

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

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


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.


November 18, 2009

The Associated Press: JC Penney to stop publishing ‘big book’ catalogs

Filed under: 1983 JC Penney & Sears Catalogs,J.C. Penney — Anita @ 11:55 pm

JC Penney to stop publishing 'big book' catalogsAP – 11 hours agoPLANO, Texas — J.C. Penney will stop publishing its twice-yearly “big book” catalogs, now that customers increasingly shop online.Instead, J.C. Penney Co. says it will publish specialty catalogs and focus its efforts online, on the Web site and on social networks. In part, the company says it is responding to consumer habits to view catalogs more as “look books.”The Plano, Texas, company will continue to publish its Christmas catalog and others, such as the “Little Red Book” for women's apparel and “Matters of Style” for men.Eliminating the hefty twice-a-year catalogs will cut the company's paper use by 25 percent to 30 percent in 2010.

via The Associated Press: JC Penney to stop publishing ‘big book’ catalogs.

article #2:

J.C. Penney is turning last page on its Big Book

01:10 PM CST on Wednesday, November 18, 2009

By MARIA HALKIAS / The Dallas Morning News

The J.C. Penney Co. Big Book is dead – a victim of shoppers’ growing reliance on the Internet.

Plano-based Penney confirmed that its fall/winter 2009 catalog is its last semiannual, telephone-book-size volume.
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The Internet has made the 1,000-page shopping venue obsolete, and printing and transportation costs have been rising annually. The move also improves Penney’s environmental footprint, reducing its catalog paper use by 30 percent next year.

Smaller, more frequent mailings of specialty catalogs targeting customers’ shopping habits make more sense today, said Mike Boylson, Penney’s chief marketing officer.

“It became a very ineffective way to communicate to our customers,” he said. “It forced us to bring product in too early and locked in pricing. It was an outdated way of shopping and the last big book in America.”

Penney has catalogs supporting its large home-goods business, including its private label Cooks kitchen catalog and Rooms Babies Love. Along with several women’s and men’s apparel catalogs, the company determined that shoppers increasingly use catalogs as “look books” and inspiration for their store and online purchases.

In the last two years, Penney consolidated its buying and marketing teams, which previously operated separately for stores, catalog and Internet sales.

“We had two buyers of everything, like Noah’s Ark,” he said. “The biggest, more important store items weren’t even in the catalog.”

Big Book sales have been on a decline since 2000 as more shoppers turn to Penney’s online sales hit $1 billion a year in 2006.

“It has an aging customer. Younger customers don’t shop the Big Book,” Boylson said.

Once 1,500 pages, Penney’s Big Book dropped to well below 900 pages a few years ago. Since 2003, Penney has been shrinking its catalog operation, closing fulfillment centers and telemarketing operations. By 2004, about 40 percent of Penney’s catalog shoppers were placing orders on, instead of calling an 800 number.

Sales peaked in 1999 at about $4 billion. Penney stopped breaking out its catalog and Internet sales a few years ago. Penney’s Big Book circulation topped out at 14 million. It printed 9 million copies of the final volume.

March 21, 2009

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

January 27, 2009

Staunton Mall Directory, 1989

Filed under: belk,,J.C. Penney,Staunton,Staunton Mall — Anita @ 4:22 pm

(I too cheap to just make a photocopy, so I’m typing it here @ the library)

(the original Staunton Mall post)

The F Stop
Lane Bryant
Hershey’s Jewerlers
Only One Dollar novelities
Burton’s Mens Store
Peoples Drug STore
Staunton Mall Offices
Piece Goods Shop Fabrics
JC Penney
K&K Toys
Payless Shoe Source
Fashion Bug
Staunton Mall Movie Theater
Boy’d Hardressers
Fun Time Arcade
Montomery Ward
Big Dipper Ice Cream
Athletic Annex
Matthews Hallmark
Ney’s Alfred Clothing Store
The Record Corner
Holliday Shoe Store
Kinney Shoe Store
Travel with Joy Travel
Family Barber & Beauty Shop
Radio Shack
Hofheimers Shoes
Sears Surplus Store
The Diamond Corner
Country Cookin
Glassner Jewelers
Lemons Jewerly
Merle Norman Studio
The Cinnamon Bear Bakery
The Mark-it
Altlas Tuxedo
Centerpoint Books
Hip Pocket
Bartley Richard Optical
Hayden Msic of Staunton
The Pearced Ear (yup, spelled that way)

December 25, 2007

The Worst Holiday {retail} Commercials of 2007

Filed under: Christmas,commercials,J.C. Penney,Target — Anita @ 4:49 am

I actually woke up at 4 a.m. Christmas morning, and remembered I wanted to make this post for quite a while now.
This year was not a good year for the holiday commercials it seems. Every retail one seemed half-rear-ended or had very annoying music. Like, for example J.C. Penney and Old Navy holiday spots, both using a very whiney and breathless singer. Don’t get me started on the Old Navy one with the chick who is just walking around in bootlike slippers, a tanktop and underwear. God, I hate Old Navy so much….especially since I heard they only stock plus size clothes online now. Why don’t they just put a sign up at the door that said, “No Fatties”. Target needs to put the same sign up, because their plus size section is not even the size of my bedroom….

ok. I veered off topic.

But, speaking of Target, boy was their ad disappointing this year. It started out promising with the after Thanksgiving day sale commercials (although that game on the website related to that ad was a pain to navigate), but went downhill with this jarbled up advent commercial spots. At first I thought I was watching a credit card commercial the um….first 50 times I saw it. TruFax.

(these commercials are not mine, I found them off of YouTube)

2007 Target Christmas Spot {1}, {2}, {3}

At the moment I can’t find a video of the J.C. Penney spots with the whiney warbely singer. I did however, find one that aired around the last minute of the holidays. The “Kelly is a Boy’s Name Too” spot. J.C. Penney saved themselves with that one.

A commercial that riled up a lot of people over at the Television Without Pity Commercial boards was the Burlington Coat Factory spot where a girl tells an adult party guest, “I believe in cashmere.” Unfortunately I can’t find that one at the moment.

The WORST WORST WORST!! ones were for Kohls (another store I don’t like due to their crappy plus size selection, and the whole Keeping Up with the Jonses suburbanite feel of the store), and their take on the most annoying song in the universe, DeLovely. Commercial. This is from the same guy who uploaded the Target commercials, AnthonyL001.

I wish I had been able to upload some more of my commercials * this holiday season, but due to moving, I couldn’t.

Ok, back to feigning sleep for a few hours.

October 21, 2007

All That is Left of Coliseum Mall (September, 2007)

Filed under: "coliseum mall",dead stores,J.C. Penney — Anita @ 7:45 pm

All that is Left of Coliseum MallI took this picture in the new JC Penney parking lot.

Former JC Penney (Hampton, VA).Everything was sold and moved out in early August, and the new JC Penney down from it was opened in late August. This one will be torn down. After this is torn down, the only building standing from the old Coliseum Mall days will be the Macys.

Former JC Penney (Hampton, VA).

September 28, 2007

First Visit to New JC Penney in Hampton

Filed under: "coliseum mall",J.C. Penney,store profiles — Anita @ 2:39 pm

I went to the new J.C. Penney in Hampton this morning — the only reason why I went was because they have a mini Sephora. I don’t really have a good review of the store since this is all I went to today. So I’ll just have to talk about the Sephora.

This mini version actually does carry a lot of things. Of course, not every name brand offers (for example, no NARS), but a good choice. These are the brands I saw:

Bare Esentuals (The lady there put it on my face and it was all flakey and pasty looking)
Urban Decay
Too Faced

It’s really nice, considering that Hampton Roads hasn’t had a Sephora since the one at MacArthur center closed just a year after opening.

August 5, 2007

Opening heralds rebirth of retail {Daily Press}

Filed under: "coliseum mall",J.C. Penney — Anita @ 8:34 pm

Opening heralds rebirth of retail
Shoppers flock to J.C. Penney for the store’s grand opening. It is the first Peninsula Town Center shop to open.



August 4, 2007


At the grand opening of the J.C. Penney store in Hampton on Friday, Barbara Lash talked about the role the department store has played in her life.

She was just 18 when Coliseum Mall opened in 1973. Then a student at Thomas Nelson Community College, Lash helped stock the J.C. Penney store leading up to the opening on Halloween. J.C. Penney was one of the mall’s three anchor stores, along with Korvette and Rices-Nachmans.

She went away to James Madison University in 1975, but she would work at J.C. Penney when she was home on the Peninsula during school breaks.

In 1984, she met the man she would wed seven years later. At the time, she was working in the jewelry department and John Lash was working as a stockboy. (They are still married; John now works for the commissioner of the revenue in Newport News.)

“It’s exciting that we’re going to have something new and different in Hampton,” said Barbara Lash, who lives in Newport News and teaches first grade at Samuel P. Langley Elementary School in Hampton.

She still works at J.C. Penney part-time, a few times a week, in the jewelry department; on Friday, she had a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. shift. Come October, she will have been on J.C. Penney’s payroll on and off for 34 years.

When Coliseum Mall opened on Halloween in 1973, it was “the place to be,” Lash, 52, said. It was, at the time of its opening, the largest mall on the Peninsula. Most of the stores at the mall closed this past January and demolition began in February to make way for construction of the Peninsula Town Center, which is expected to be complete in the spring of 2009.

The J.C. Penney store is the first Peninsula Town Center store to open.

Its soft opening was Sunday, July 29, but its grand opening was Friday morning.

Among the people who spoke before the 7:45 a.m. ribbon cutting were Raymond Tripp, who was the general manager of Coliseum Mall and will be the general manager of Peninsula Town Center, and Ross A. Kearney II, mayor of Hampton.

“Hello dedicated shoppers, how are you?” Kearney said to the 70 or so shoppers waiting in line around 7:45 a.m. “We are in a revitalization, a rebirth” in our community, he said, referring to the Peninsula Town Center.

Inside the store, which opened at 8 a.m., there were serious shoppers who carried armfuls of clothing; curious browsers who grabbed goodie bags and filled out forms for the store’s grand-opening sweepstakes; and women testing mascaras, eyeliners and lipgloss at the Sephora beauty boutique. (Sephora, which is owned by the luxury products group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, operates approximately 515 stores in 14 countries.)

And this being a tax-free weekend in Virginia – there is no sales tax on certain school supplies, clothing and footwear – there were many parents shopping with or for their children.

Rhonda Wagner, a 36-year-old high school teacher from Newport News, had brought all three of her kids: 9-year-old Paige, 4-year-old Parker and 2-year-old Payton.

Paige, who will be a fourth-grader in the fall, said she wanted new clothes because she was growing out of some of hers.

The selection at J.C. Penney, she said, was “cool” and “neat.”

By 8:30 a.m., Diego Romo, 10, was holding two pairs of blue jeans. His stepdad, Elton Nurmi, a 28-year-old landscaper from Newport News, had in his hands two pairs of slacks, khaki and navy, in his arms for Diego.

But few seemed as excited as 3-year-old Jordan Hall.

She and her mom, Ashley Hall, 24, were shopping for new clothes for Jordan’s start at preschool in the fall.

“I want that shirt!” Jordan said loudly and ecstatically from her stroller, pointing to a lavender shirt with pink glitter – pink and purple are her favorite colors.

When asked why she likes shopping, she smiled, shrugged and simply said, “Because.”

Copyright © 2007, Newport News, Va., Daily Press

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