That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

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 6, 2015

There’s a boat in the new Whole Foods

Filed under: Newport News — Anita @ 10:24 pm

It serves coffee…it’s also used as Noah’s Ark apparently.

October 24, 2015

Look Back: Christmas shopping – Daily Press

A long-standing holiday tradition – shopping!

Source: Look Back: Christmas shopping – Daily Press

November 8, 2013

Patrick Henry Mall Construction, Daily Press Times Herald, August 2, 1987

Patrick Henry Mall Construction, August 2, 1987
"Malls Competors Not Worried" (Daily Press, 1987)

Some points;

  • The Bradlees in the picture is where JCPenney is today, and before that an Uptons.
  • The movie theater next to the food court that is mentioned is a Old Navy now.
  • Leggett opened in 1989, and later became a Dillards

Big reading versions:

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October 29, 2013

Hy-Tech Auto Body Commercial 1 – YouTube

Filed under: commercials,Newport News — Anita @ 11:09 pm

Hy-Tech Auto Body Commercial 1 – YouTube.

 

I wish I remembered this wonderfully cheezy commercial from 1999, but I don’t.

October 17, 2013

This cheezy commercial for the Red Baron in Newport News (1991)

Filed under: commercials,dead stores,Newport News — Anita @ 5:52 pm

A long time ago, I found this tape my dad recorded of Gone with the Wind for my mom back in the early 1990s. I saw the most ridiculous local commercial for this bar and grill in Newport News, The Red Baron . This must of been big production values for a local commercial back in 1991.

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Look at this guy hanging out with da ladies. … remember when people looked like this?

Screen shot 2013-06-24 at 9.48.02 PM Screen shot 2013-06-24 at 9.47.43 PMI looked the address up on google maps, and this Langley Federal Credit union shows up. At first I thought it seemed a little small to be a lounge at one point, but when I look closely at the entrance, it does sort of look like one for a restaurant.

January 7, 2013

Blythe Doll for sale at Robert Hall Village store, 10-5-1973

Filed under: commercials,dead chains,Newport News,newspaper clippings — Anita @ 10:01 pm

 

THREE-NINETY-NINE. The doll is worth a thousand dollars now!

I believe this store was in Newport News.

 

///edit February 5//

I found a commercial for the store:

The song has a sad feel to it, no? Although, I LOVE that touchtone dial sound that represented each store on the map.

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.

May 10, 2011

Borders Going out of Business Pictures, Newport News, VA, April 2011

Filed under: dead chains,dead stores,Newport News,patrick henry mall — Anita @ 11:39 am

Been forgetting to post these:

Borders Going out of Business Sale email

Borders Going Out of Business Sale (Newport News)

Borders going out of business Newport News

Borders going out of business newport news

Borders going out of business, Newport News

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