That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

May 31, 2014

River View Plaza, Norwalk, CT (1995)

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I found this tonight while looking for something else on (sadly discontinued) Google Newspapers. This is from September 1, 1995.

Caldor Rainbow has more information about this place, and the futuristic looking itty bitty McDonalds inside.

March 18, 2014

Woodville Mall

Filed under: other malls,signs — Anita @ 10:49 pm


Wood Co. officials seek to close Woodville Mall – Toledo Blade. (2011)


I forgot that this was the mall that had this awesome logo. Look how 1988 that is.

This mall was shut down due to safety violations in 2011, and was finally torn down this year.

July 21, 2013

Azalea Mall Sign, Richmond, VA (NBC12)

Filed under: dead chains,other malls,signs — Anita @ 4:03 pm



Does anybody know if this sign is still up? I found this picture on the NBC12 site in an article from three years ago. Oh, to have one scrap of that Thalhimers sign. … is that a Thalhimers sign?


July 17, 2013

Bed Bath & Beyond (Unknown)

Filed under: Retail/Mall fan websites,signs — Anita @ 11:43 pm


Bed Bath & Beyond Unknown, originally uploaded by siteride.

This flickr user, Siteride has amazing mid 1990s photos of stores. I love them all.

April 6, 2013

Tide Mill Shopping Center (Hampton, VA)

Filed under: Hampton,signs — Anita @ 9:25 pm

Tide Mill Shopping Center (Hampton, VA)

About once a month, I visit my old teacher from about 17 years ago. One day when I was visitng him, he said that he had to leave soon to get a haircut. He mentioned that he was going to get a haircut at Red’s Barber Shop, and described the shopping center as, “hole in the wall”. Since I’ve been away from anywhere near Langley Air Force Base in Hampton in nearly ten years, I had totally forgotten about this old shopping center.

(Impossible Project B&W PX UV+)

August 9, 2011

City of Hampton Property Database “photos”, circa late 90s.

I found these a couple of years ago here, but never did anything with them, until now. Keep in mind, these photos are poor quality, I assume because they were using early digital camera technology.


Newmarket South Shopping Center, mid to late 90s. Super Fresh / Farmer Jack had closed by then.


The old Miller & Rhoads building at Newmarket Fair, a few years before Verizon.


Big & Tall store in front of Riverdale Shopping Center, former Grandy’s chicken place. The store is now “Casual Male XL”


Das Weiner Works, its still a hot dog place, but I forgot what it is now. I read on Facebook the other day that someone rammed their Lexus into the place recently.

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Dennys, in front of Riverdale Shopping Center. Still open.


Paul’s Arts & Crafts. When they made the disastrous decision to move across Mercury to the old Service Merchandise building. The store was too big for its needs, and wound up moving to the old Langley Square shopping center, and its gone now.


This was the shopping center where Northampton Dance Studios was. The whole shopping center is like, guns and tattoos now. I had some of the worst experiences of my life at Northampton Dance studio.


Did anybody really, seriously take ballroom dancing out of here?


Does anybody remember Bargain City USA, that junk store?

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Still here.


My sister used to buy all her stained glass supplies at Goodmans.


This is the most recent pic I have from that website. I think this was before the DAV bought the building next door as well.




This is the itsy bitsy Farm Fresh in Phoebus. I never liked that Farm Fresh logo.


Back when WalMart was still red, white and grey.


Gosh, how many times has this place changed hands? Tracks, Blockbuster Music, and now its an FYE.


This shopping center next to Coliseum Mall/Peninsula Town Center got a renovation within the past few years.


This was when the shopping center where the AMC 24 is when it was first built in 1998, and Winn-Dixie was trying to get back into Hampton Roads. Winn Dixie was all but gone from Hampton by 2005, and now a Farm Fresh is here.


Sneaker Stadium, was Just For Feet here before or after Sneaker Stadium? Remember it would have a track around the store so you could try your new shoes out?


Farmer Jack, 1998 or early 1999. This building was torn down earlier this year:

Super Fresh/Farmer Jack, Hampton, VA, demolished 2011


When Super Fresh was torn down at Newmarket South.


The old Leggett building at Newmarket Fair Mall. It’s been redone within the past ten years or so:

Northrop Gruman (former Leggetts at the former Newmarket Fair Mall)


This McDonalds near the Hampton Coliseum is still open, but how colorful it is in this photo.



Aren’t there stores now next to TJ Maxx?


Always fascinated by the shape of the Kinder Care building. When I was little I always wondered why I wasn’t in Kinder Care.

July 31, 2011

Amazing photo of old Hampton Coliseum sign, 1989

Filed under: dead stores,signs — Anita @ 8:47 pm

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Taken by Jim Anderson for the Warlocks aka Grateful Dead show at the Coliseum in 1989.

Please note:

The “good food 24 hr” sign that is a re purposed Waffle House sign, I believe this place is a Waffle House again.
The exxon that later became (uggh) Hooters.
You can see some of the flyover.

Please see the rest of his dead photos here.

October 4, 2010

New Belk Logo

Filed under: belk,signs,then & now — Anita @ 12:10 am

Oh dang that looks a lot better than what they’ve been using for the past billion years.



June 28, 2006

Becker Village Mall (Roanoke Rapids, NC–Dead Since 2002?)

Filed under: belk,dead stores,,J.C. Penney,other malls,signs — Anita @ 11:25 pm



So, last Monday my friend Gary & I drove out to Roanoke Rapids, NC to find different sodas and drinks. He told me when he was doing research on the city that there was a mall there; Becker Village Mall and it had a JC Penney and a Belk. I always like to visit new malls dead or alive so I was excited about this.

Becker Villiage Mall (dead since 2002?)

I knew things were going to be bad the minute we saw the sign. That is one oudated sign!

Becker Village Mall (dead since 2002?)

We walked in and Gary said, “” and I said, “I’m in love!!”.

There were only three, four people walking in the mall. One was a custodian.

Becker Villiage Mall (Roanoke Rapids, NC--Dead Since 2002?)

Upon doing research, we learned that this closed in 2002–when most of the mall packed up and moved out when KMart shut down.

Becker Villiage Mall

This place looks like it was here from day one.

Becker Villiage Mall (Roanoke Rapids, NC--Dead Since 2002?)

Gary took this picture from the bathroom hallway. My friend Sarah saw the pic on Flickr and said, “that’s a mall? weird. it looks like the science building at my school.” She also supplied the Becker photo.

JC Penney, Becker Villiage Mall. Roanoke Rapids, NC

I took a picture of the JC Penney as we were driving away.

So, this place only had six stores open:

JC Penney
Shoe Dept
Hibbett Sports
Hit Wear.

The mall was small and about the size of two drugstores. When we both came home, Gary did research on the mall. Apparently KMart closing in 2002 killed this place.


October 9, 2005

Where VA Diner Signs Come To Die

Filed under: signs — Anita @ 7:36 pm

Where VA Diner Signs Come To Die
Originally uploaded by Look In The Tunk.

This garage was next to my old house in Wakefield where the VA Diner packing plant is. It’s the parking sign for the Virginia Diner, a very popular eatery for tourists.

I swear this sign had just been taken down within the last year, but dad says its an old sign.

I took that pic back in May.

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