That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

June 17, 2008

“Virginia Beckons Retailers To Surrounding Markets” (1997)

Filed under: newmarket fair mall,store profiles — Anita @ 8:18 pm

From Retail Traffic Magazine

lol @:

-Hannaford (Hannaford was only here for a nano second due to some buyout with Food Lion)

-Wal Mart just getting super centers

-Super Fresh

-Revco

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Newmarket Fair is mentioned.

April 17, 2008

Report: 6 Out Of 10 Americans Cannot Locate Payless Shoes On A Mall Map 

Filed under: store profiles — Anita @ 8:54 pm

April 14, 2008

Staples, Williamsburg, VA

Filed under: Staples,store profiles,williamsburg — Anita @ 7:51 pm

I’ve been wanting to take a photo of this place forever.

Staples, Williamsburg, VA

This HAD to be a grocery store in the 1980’s. Like an A&P/Super Fresh/Farmer Jack
maybe. Any clues? All the stores around this area are very 1980’s as well. I need to go back and take photos of those. This location is on Richmond Road I think and is near the 347 entrances for William & Mary.

March 26, 2008

Farm Fresh Grand Opening in Franklin

Filed under: Farm Fresh,franklin,store profiles — Anita @ 9:57 pm

So, the Farm Fresh FINALLY opened today. Two years in the making.

Farm Fresh (October, 2007)

{photo I took in October of last year}

I was planning on being there right when they opened at 8 a.m., but I pulled up…NO parking spots. Line around the outside of the store. I honestly didn’t think people out here would take this opening that seriously. I was wrong!

So I came back at 9 a.m. — another bad time. People were just standing around waiting for the five $100 gift card drawings. I walked around, mainly around the beverage aisles, since I love the fact that Farm Fresh has a vast array of beverages. I took some iPhone photos:

Farm Fresh Grand Opening 1

Look at all that Honest tea!

The “Vitamin Water” cooler has … Life Water in it though. fail.

Farm Fresh Grand Opening 2

They had Nantucket Nectars half and half!!! I’ve never had that before! I’ve only heard about it in Babysitters Club books!

Look at all that Inkos tea too.

I’m surprised Enviga is still being made.

Farm Fresh Grand Opening 4

oooo Big Cranberry Nantucket Nectars and Jolt. Sorry that picture didn’t come out right. I took it in a hurry.

Farm Fresh Grand Opening 5

I was standing in LINE. HERE. I was in line for an hour. The line didn’t even more until the final 20 minutes I was in line. This was next to the makeup, and the lady in front of me started to play with this pump of glitter gel and she got it all over her hands. Farm Freshes aisle descriptions are always odd. Like the first three signs make sense, you know a general description of what is on the line, and then the last line is totally way too much detail — in this case, Vagasil.

You can see Starbucks in the distance. Ok, so after being in line for an hour, I went to Starbucks, where there was only one woman ahead of me. Boy, the baristas need more training. The “handlers” from other Farm Freshes had to help them with everything. You would’ve thought they would’ve handled this last week.

Which brings me to my second visit to Farm Fresh later on this day, at around 4 p.m. MUCH quieter than it was this morning. Like a normal day in a grocery store. I had more time to explore around the store. I found this!

Farm Fresh Grand Opening 6

This little guy used to be on the farm fresh logo back in the day when I was a little kid. I still remember vividly a jar of Peanut Butter we bought when I was like four, with a drawing of him on the label.

//edit, August 8, 2008//

Here is a blog entry about the making of one of these guys

So like I said, I went back to Starbucks after class and workstudy, because I wanted something to drink on my long drive home (50 minutes). They totally forgot about my order. One of the handlers had to make me my drink. I don’t think this Starbucks is going to be so great. We’ll see.

So like the article under the cut says, this store has NO plastic bags. I think this is a good idea because I used to be a bagger at The Fresh Market and I hated bagging in plastic, it was always so messy. I hate it when we go to Wal Mart and we have to put all our stuff in my Xterra, and its flopping around everywhere because its bagged in plastic. The store was giving away reusable grocery bags this morning, I got one. I don’t know how the general public is going to deal with no plastic bags. These paper bags are different than the usual ones Farm Fresh has, no handles, no logo.

Other than the iffy service at Starbucks, I can’t wait to shop in this store on a regular basis. It feels so nice to have a um, nice store in Franklin–and it was before I graduated. I always thought that Farm Fresh wasn’t going to open until after I graduated.

Tidewater News article:

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January 14, 2008

Bath & Body Works, Williamsburg VA

Filed under: bath & body works,store profiles,williamsburg — Anita @ 11:10 am

Bath & Body Works, Williamsburg VA

This is the one at Newtown Open Air Shopping area…which I apparently haven’t brought up yet here. I thought I did. I have photos I took back in November:

New Town Center, WIlliamsburg, VA

New Town Center, Williamsburg, VA

November 10, 2007

Belk (Williamsburg, VA @ Windsormeade Marketplace)

Filed under: belk,store profiles,williamsburg — Anita @ 12:50 am

Belk (Williamsburg, VA @ Windsormeade Marketplace)

I know, that’s a tiny sign. I assume this is due to Williamsburg’s strict zoning laws.

I think this Belk opened in late 2006. I didn’t go in today. Next time I will.

Windsormeade Marketplace (Williamsburg, VA)

November 9, 2007

Stuckeys, Ivor, VA

Filed under: store profiles — Anita @ 11:08 pm

Stuckey's, Ivor, VA

Bad pic I know. I apparently lost iPhoto on my eMac when I reinstalled Tiger this Summer.

This is brand new in little ol Ivor. It’s almost like a truckstop.

This place had a huge selection of energy drinks, I bought a Rockstar Pomegranate juiced up.

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.

September 24, 2007

Eckerd Rite Aid Walgreens Synergy (Franklin, VA)

Filed under: dead chains,franklin,store profiles,then & now — Anita @ 8:14 pm

Does It Live There
September, 2006 Getting Away From Talky Lady
November, 2006 Eckerd soon to be Rite Aid
June, 2007 Old Rite Aid Sign Being Taken Down
September, 2007 It Used To Be A Coors Truck
May 2007 Rite Aid (Soon to be Walgreens) Franklin, VA
June 2007 More coming soon when the conversion is finally finished.

Rite Aid Across the Street From Another Rite Aid (Smithfield, VA)

Filed under: store profiles — Anita @ 7:56 pm

Rite Aid Across the Street From Another Rite Aid

This brick Rite Aid was an Eckerd that moved out of the shopping center in 2002 or 2003. The original Rite Aid across the street opened in the late 1990’s (its that blue building in that distance). It’s a pretty crappy building now.

Maybe soon they will just merge the two.

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