That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

December 12, 2012

The sad little Willow Oaks Shopping Center (Hampton, VA)

Filed under: dead stores,drugstores,Hampton,Roses — Anita @ 12:22 am

A few months ago, I went to the Fox Hill area of Hampton (where I grew up) to visit an old friend. I went by the Willow Oaks shopping center where mom and I used to do all our shopping back in the 90s.

It’s pretty sad now.  It’s only real strength now is the Farm Fresh which replaced the old Super Fresh/Farmer Jack that was torn down in the Summer of 2000, I believe, it was right before my folks and I left Hampton.

Rite Aid, Hampton, VA (Willow Oaks Shopping Center, Google Maps)

(I screencapped this from google maps a few years ago)

Nothing has changed about this Rite aid since the 90s. Everything has remained the same, it was almost scary, I felt like I was in 8th grade again and I was begging mom for nail polish or sneaking lipstick in her cart.

Hampton Public Library, Willow Oaks Shopping Center

Oh. Derp. Another selling point of this shopping center is the library. I don’t think I’ve been in here since 2001 when I was a senior in high school.

Willow Oaks Shopping Center, Hampton, VA

Growing up, I seem to remember none of the stores in the breezeway staying open for long. I remember a dollar store there the summer of 1994, and my mom buying a ton of useless junk from there.

Abandoned One Price $7 store, Hampton, VA

This was a One Price $7 store where all the clothes were $7 each, back in 1992-1994. My mom bought all my clothes from there during my late elementary school years. I’m pretty sure it has stayed abandoned since 1994.

Willow Oaks Learning Foundation.

In the back of the shopping center, there was office buildings. My tutor and my dentist were in these offices. I suspect I know why my tutor went out of business, and I guess my dentist retired.

Willow Oaks Learning Foundation

Blybe at an abandoned office strip. Hampton, VA

I remember the leaves always piled up here. My knockoff Blythe doll was enjoying the leaves. Last year, I got tired of just taking pictures of … buildings. So now I bring one of my dolls to pose at the abandoned buildings. Don’t judge.

So, the abandoned Roses/West Telemarketing building.

West, Willow Oaks Shopping Center

Abandoned Willow Oaks Shopping Center

Here is my other knockoff Blythe doll, Eyebrows in front of the abandoned building.

The sad widdle willow oaks shopping center

The sad widdle willow oaks shopping center

The sad widdle willow oaks shopping center

The directory is almost correct. It’s a few years off. The Farm Fresh (building a1) isn’t on here, and its been open since 2000, 2001?

February 28, 2010

Roses Grand Opening, Hampton, VA (Willow Oaks Shopping Center) 1991

Filed under: dead stores,Hampton,newspaper clippings,Roses — Anita @ 6:17 pm

Roses Grand Opening, Hampton, VA 1991

This was a Grand Opening for a Roses store in Hampton, VA about 10 minutes away from my childhood home. It opened in 1991, and closed in 1994 in immaculate collection. Mom and I spent a lot of hours there when my dad was out to sea when I was a kid.

It’s now a telemarketing place called West now. I haven’t driven by it in years. I dream about the roads leading up to it all the time however.

Another ad:

Roses Grand Opening, Hampton, VA 1991

I remember the first time my family went to this Roses, I got these cool marker set that had a white marker that would change the color of the markers? Does anybody know what I’m talking about?


West telemarketing, former Roses, Hampton, VA//

(building in 2011)



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