That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

August 8, 2014

New & new to me places

I don’t really leave the house too much anymore, so everything is new to me these days.

Mooyah veggie burger and side salad

MooYah, Hampton, VA 

The veggie burger on wheat was meh, too “beany” for my tastes. However, that side salad was amazing. Look how big it is! When I ordered the side salad, I thought it was going to be some dinky thing with one tomato slice and some iceberg. There’s mushrooms in that salad!  I was bad and got the MooYah sauce for dressing, which is like thousand island dressing.
Urban Outfitters, Norfolk

Urban Outfitters, Norfolk

Urban Outfitters, Norfolk, VA

This location is almost across the street from the California Pizza Company at MacArthur Center. It’s a three level old building, which I brought up here a couple of years ago. I swear they’ve kept the ancient cobwebs in the ceiling too! I visited this place on my birthday back in June.  I bought some stickers and an Adventure Time book, oh and these amazing Bart Simpson socks:
Birthday 2014

(I haven’t worn the Bart socks yet D:, and no I don’t know why UO thought it was cool to make stickers that say “stay drunk”…)
Birthday 2014

Lush, Norfolk, VA 

This location opened up almost 2 years ago? I have never been into Lush before, but I’ve been on their website to window shop a few times. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this was in the old Starbucks before they moved to a kiosk on the first level. It has that shape. There was so much stuff I wanted, but wow you have to take a loan out to buy more than two things at Lush, or Grav3yardgirl. I bought the Danger! Cosmetics to Go book, about the company that later became Lush, and unless you are from the United Kingdom, where Cosmetics to Go originated, you really can’t relate to this book. I’ve already sold it on eBay. The other products I bought was the Wiccy Magic Muscles , and You Snap the Whip.


Crappy pic of MacArthur Center, Norfolk.
Sephora, Norfolk, VA

I didn’t take any pictures, or buy anything. Sephora came back to MacArthur Mall after a 15 year absence. Sephora had a location at the mall when it first opened in 1999, but I guess back then with the store coming to the States for the first time they didn’t have a good business plan for opening new stores. The location was gone after just a few months, I believe.

Zoë’s Kitchen, Williamsburg, VA (no photo)

I think when I came by the other day, it was during the opening week. They were giving away plastic reuseable cups, but they uh, didn’t wash them first, and my drink tasted like plastic. I had a Ruben sandwich and fruit as my side. On every table, there is their special vinaigrette salad, I put it on my fruit salad, and it was pretty good. Other than my sandwich, everything else on the menu was stuff I could just make at home. Even the tabbouleh salad.

Sticks, Williamsburg, VA (no photo)

My to go plate looked like a dog’s breakfast, and my rice was cold, and they gave me too much hummus.


Lush, short pump mall

Lush, Short Pump, VA 

This location just opened a few weeks ago, it had its official grand opening this past Saturday. I went by yesterday, and they still had a good stock, except for the fresh masks. I don’t think I’d spend money on those anyway, because they’re so perishable. It was crazy hot inside that day. This saleslady forced me to put my hand under the sink so she could wash my hand with the African Paradise, which I wouldn’t be able to afford even if I had a full time job, which I don’t right now. She was kinda pushy to say the least. I couldn’t afford much yesterday, like I said, I’m not Grav3yardgirl. I bought the Magnificent soap, a tea tree toner tab, the Greenwich, and the stepping stone.
Short Pump Mall work

Short Pump is currently getting some work done. Looks like they’re adding another elevator, and a crosswalk, because honesty time, it does take for-ever to get to one point of the mall to another.


Short Pump Town Center Lomography Fisheye

This is what the area looked like back in 2010.


August 9, 2009

Target + Chesapeake Square Mall, Chesapeake, VA

Filed under: Target,The Malls I Have Been To — Anita @ 9:51 pm

Dad and I drove to Norfolk last Saturday (to see if the cracks in my MacBook could get fixed, they didn’t have the part), and then we had to find a Target so I could get my prescription filled so we kept on getting lost and wound up in Chesapeake, to the Chesapeake Square Mall. Boy has that place changed from the last time I went there when I was like 15-ish. It still has anchor stores, but the actual stores in the mall are getting kinda junky, there’s nothing special about it really.

$500 Popeye

Except for $500 Popeye at the tacky gift shop (lol it has these “plaques” of celebrities, that is just a stock photo of them, and some random facts everybody and their cousin knows) that was going out of business.

Target, Chesapeake Square Mall

The mall now has a Target which wasn’t there the last time I visited. It’s the first time I’ve ever been inside a mall location Target. When I came back to get my prescription, I saw this skank walking around with the pink polkadot body pillow that I wanted to get because it matches my green polka dot comforter I bought a few weeks ago.

The service in the Pharmacy was terrible. C&P’d from my Yelp review on it:

I only went here because my dad and I were on the road and I needed my prescription filled before we got back home to the boonies.

Since this is a mall location, it is quite small compared to other Target stores, and there are less check out lanes. Also, the store has an odd layout (just an example, all the dorm stuff is scattered around the store instead of just in one section), and there are a few dark spots in the store.

The pharmacy staff is extremely rude, all they cared about when I got there to drop off my prescription was going on their break and when I came back to get it the cashier was extremely rude, at first not even acknowledging that we could in fact pay for our other purchases at the pharmacy as well. She also refused to take our stuff out of the handbasket, and didn’t even put my merchandise in the reuseable bag I gave her, she just like, put the stuff on top of the bag.

I took the Target survey that is on most of Target’s receipts on my iPhone as my dad drove us home. I gave this store a scathing review, hopefully someone at HQ reads it.

//edit, August 11, 2009//

Saw this article today:

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Dillard’s will close Chesapeake Square store by October


Dillard’s plans to close its Chesapeake Square department store – one of five locations in Hampton Roads – by early October, a Dillard’s spokeswoman said Monday.

Struggling with falling sales, Dillard’s Inc. has been closing underperforming stores for the past year. The Chesapeake Square store, which occupies two sites inside the mall, is among five that Dillard’s slated to shut this year.

Dillard’s filed notice with the state that it will lay off the store’s 45 employees by Sept. 23. The retailer is trying to find jobs for those workers at other locations, said Julie Bull, the spokeswoman for the retailer based in Little Rock, Ark.

Dillard’s has no plans to close any of its other four stores in Hampton Roads, Bull said. Those stores are at Greenbrier Mall in Chesapeake, MacArthur Center in Norfolk, Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach and Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News.

“Our commitment to the Hampton Roads area remains tremendously strong,” she said.

At Chesapeake Square, Dillard’s used one store for men’s and children’s merchandise and the other for women’s clothing, accessories and cosmetics. The two sites totaled about 100,000 square feet, smaller than most of the chain’s stores, Bull said.

Simon Property Group Inc., which owns Chesapeake Square, has no immediate plan for the Dillard’s space, said Les Morris, spokesman for the Indianapolis company, the nation’s largest shopping mall operator.

“We will look for a replacement tenant,” he said, adding that Simon could replace the single stores with multiple retailers. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be a one-for-one exchange.”

Dillard’s came to Hampton Roads in 1997 after purchasing local department stores from Proffitt’s Inc.

That put Dillard’s in Chesapeake Square, Greenbrier Mall, Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach, Patrick Henry Mall and Coliseum Mall in Hampton.

The Southeastern retailer set out to dominate the local market.

In 1998, Dillard’s and Belk swapped several department stores in Virginia and other states, giving Dillard’s a location at Lynnhaven Mall and second locations at Chesapeake Square and two other local malls. The following year, Dillard’s opened a 250,000-square-foot anchor store at MacArthur Center in downtown Norfolk.

“We were really wanting to expand in Virginia,” Bull said.

Dillard’s closed its Pembroke Mall store in July 2002, the same year it expanded at Lynnhaven Mall. Coliseum Mall was razed in early 2007 to make way for the new Peninsula Town Center.

The five local Dillard’s are among a total of nine in Virginia and 314 nationwide.

Last year, Dillard’s closed 21 stores as part of a “strategic” plan that began before the current economic challenges, Bull said.

In May, the company reported that first-quarter net sales dropped 12 percent to $1.47 billion from the same time last year, and sales in comparable stores – those open 12 months or more, providing the best measure of year-over-year performance – fell 13 percent.

Carolyn Shapiro, (757) 446-2270,

September 13, 2008

Staunton Mall, Staunton, VA

So a friend and I visited the Staunton Mall, a few minutes from Mary Baldwin College. We walked in it expecting that it would be dead, but its actually somewhat full, mostly mom and pop stuff, but its full, so I can’t really call it a dead mall. More like a small mall.

Here are some pics I took with my iPhone:

Staunton Mall

This store was awesome. It was stuck in about 1982.

Steve & Barrys, Dying, Staunton Mall, Staunton, VA

Steve & Barrys is closing down shop. There was a lot of t-shirts left.

Steve & Barrys, Dying, Staunton Mall, Staunton VA

Full Throttle Machine, Staunton Mall, Staunton ,VA
There were a LOT of vending machines here since there are only three tenants in the food court.

Bath & Body Works, Staunton Mall, Staunton, VA

Old style Bath & Body Works. I love this design.

///edit, September 21st, 2008///

The Books a Million moved away about a week after I posted this.

//edit, January 27, 2009//

1990 Mall Directory

//edit, March 21, 2009//

I have a Category for Staunton Mall now.

A video from let’s say five, six year ago when Staunton Mall went by the moniker of Colonial Mall

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