The center of the mall had been anchored by a Food Mart store with a garish lemon-and-lime color scheme that was distinctly of its era.
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Taxes, fees not included for deals content. About Us Help Center. The mall was barely able to survive throughout its entire year existence. The fatal blow came in when JCPenney announced they were going to close their store at the mall on December 24, When the Christmas sales were completed, the store went dark and nearly every mall tenant followed shortly thereafter.
In fall of , the enclosed portion of the mall ironically the exact area that was added in the expansion was demolished and the plaza was opened back up to the parking lot.
The southern end of the mall was also expanded and reconfigured, and an entrance was added to Admiral Kalbfus Road RI Anchored by Wal-Mart who filled the former JCPenney , Super Stop and Shop who demolished most of the always-empty southern wing , West Marine, Old Navy, a 99 Restaurant, and a slate of smaller tenants, it has been relatively successful in the past half-decade.
Interestingly, TJMaxx and Foot Locker are the only two tenants who continue to operate in the exact same place they were located when the center was still enclosed.
The best I can find is the black and white satellite view below, which shows how the enclosed addition with the gray roofline with the white border was grafted onto the existing shopping center much of which has the black or white roofline. If you happen to know of some, I would greatly appreciate if you would email me and let me know.
Max May 28th, at 5: Also, are there still any department stores that still operate in Newport? Because, as far as I know, the only traditional department stores in the entire state of Rhode Island are the following this list excludes a future Nordstrom set to open in Providence Place:.
Caldor May 28th, at 5: It was a FoodMart, and was referred to as such. It was the second Nordstrom to open in New England. In the past there were more, as you would imagine. The Rhode Island Mall was once anchored by G. There have been 3 other major enclosed shopping malls in RI at one point or another: I forgot to also mention Apex, which I profiled on this site about a year ago. Apex was a Sears-style mid-range mall department store that sold virtually everything, and who had three stores: Apex closed their stores in Rob July 31st, at 3: You forgot to mention the sewage treatment plant across the street, could smell it on ony day the wind blew across the speed trapped road.
I lived there as a kid from I still remember the salon pictures that hung on the outside of JCPennys. Was excited to have the Walden bookstore move in after rennovation so I could read magazines while Mom shopped. What about the strip center where where Zayres and Ames used to be.
I also lived near Wakefield. Lisha February 6th, at 8: I grew up in Newport but lived on Aquidneck Island as a child as well. I wonder if we lived there at the same time. Ryan March 15th, at 2: The JC Penney closed only a few days before my 7th birthday December 30 and I do have a memory of what the stores were around JC Penney, a small comic book store, a small store where people could get their ears pierced, The Chocolate Soldier, Fashion Bug, TJ Maxx, Foot Locker, and something called Jazzamatazz then after Jazzamatazz there was about store fronts completely vacant up until the entrance to West Marine the only part of the original mall to exist despite the fact it was constructed only a few years before the mall went under During the change over to the RK Centre, they moved the Laundromat that initially by West Marine all the way to the other side of the parking lot near Motel 6.
When RK Center Opened, this was the roster of stores right to left: The current stores left to right are: The gas station, 99 Resturant and Verizon stores are still there. The Mobil has been demolished and replaced with a Gamestop, a mexican resturant and a pita resturant. The gate is now gone. I actually live near the Centre and its actually done better business than the Newport Mall ever did that parking lot is close to always being filled.
TJ Maxx now remains the only original business.
I need to preface my entry about the Newport Mall with a personal anecdote: I was born and raised in the Aquidneck Island town of Middletown, Rhode Island, in a house about three miles from this particular mall. Dominant Shopping Center within Newport/Middletown trade area Anchored by Walmart, Super Stop & Shop, T.J. Maxx, and Old Navy Upcoming road improvements will transform Connell Highway into the primary thoroughfare to Downtown Newport. Newport Rhode Island shopping is one of the many reasons the "City by the Sea" is one of the world's best vacation destinations. In addition to its fascinating history, breathtaking scenery and fabulous restaurants, Newport RI is also well known as a shopper's paradise.