That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

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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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. {jezebel.com}

 

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)

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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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 jcp.com 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
mhalkias@dallasnews.com

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 jcp.com. 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 jcp.com, 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 — Augusta, Virginia”

This video is lol.

I think it was made 3-5 years ago when Staunton Mall went under the moniker “Colonial Mall” for a short while. I couldn’t watch it on Firefox for OSX, so I had to use Safari.

It’s also on multiply too.

January 27, 2009

Staunton Mall Directory, 1989

Filed under: belk,deadmalls.com,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
Waldenbooks
Piece Goods Shop Fabrics
JC Penney
K&K Toys
Payless Shoe Source
Woolworth
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
Sidneys
Legget
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 sephora.com offers (for example, no NARS), but a good choice. These are the brands I saw:

Lorac
Smashbox
Philosophy
Bare Esentuals (The lady there put it on my face and it was all flakey and pasty looking)
Urban Decay
Stila
Too Faced
Benefit
Burjouis
Bliss

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 14, 2007

Coliseum Mall Opening Week Microfilms from The Daily Press

Filed under: "coliseum mall",J.C. Penney,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 9:42 pm

When I went to the Newport News library to do research on Newmarket North/Newmarket Fair, I also did a small bit of research on Coliseum Mall the week it opened in October of 1973. I could only print a few things because my dad was getting ready to pick me up from the library, and I was mainly there to get Newmarket North stuff for a paper I was writing back in March. So I only have a few things:

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketFrom only looking at a few photos, I think that Waldenbooks moved during its tenure at the mall. The directory that was in that 1973 paper had Waldenbooks near where Korvettes/Wards/Burlington was. I remember Waldenbooks from when I was growing up until they closed in 2002 or 2003 near Rices-Nachmans/Hess/Proffits/Dillards. It was almost next to the short lived Disney store and almost across from the Coffee Beanery.“Mall Lerner’s Modern” more press releases passing for news articles like we saw in the Newmarket entry, also includes a bad photo of Coliseum’s Lerner location. I went in here when it was New York & Co. in 2002 with my half sister and the store was still pretty much stuck in the late 1970’s.

A HUGE ad for the grand opening of the recently closed and moved JC Penney. That drawing of the building is pretty accurate.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketYeah, I shoulda fixed this crookedness in iPhoto when I uploaded this months ago. This is from February of 1981, and reprinted in The Daily Press in April of 2005 when the redevelopment plans for Coliseum Mall was revealed.

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