Southpark Mall (Colonial Heights, Virginia)
It contains 76 stores and is anchored by Dick's Sporting Goods, Macy's, J.C. Penney, Sears, and Regal Entertainment Group. The mall is accessible from I-95 (Temple Avenue Exit 54 and Southpark Boulevard Exit 53) exits. The mall serves the Tri-Cities, Virginia area of the Greater Richmond Region. Southpark Mall stands at approximately 800,000 square feet (74,000 m2).
Transportation brings development to the Tri-cities
During the 1980s, the Tri-cities area was undergoing a great deal of transportation change as the entire Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike's I-85 and I-95 portions became toll-free between 1986 and 1992, Temple Avenue connector between Colonial Heights and Hopewell was being built in 1987, and I-295 was slowly being extended south from Richmond to just south of Petersburg (In 1992, I-295 was completed from VA 10 down to I-95).
The Hecht's store was renamed Macy's on September 9, 2006. On July 11, 2008, the mall opened its new Regal Cinemas Stadium 16 theater. The facility covers 68,000 square feet (6,300 m2) and includes approximately 3,100 seats. The old 6-screen theater in the food court area has converted into an extended food court.
The Wal-Mart outside the mall suffered major damage in the 1993 Virginia tornado outbreak, and was demolished and rebuilt on a different site. The mall also suffered slight damage in a tornado on April 28, 2008.
- http://www.southparkmall.com/shop/southpark.nsf/store_alpha]; Southpark Mall website; retrieved August 14, 2013
- http://www.roadstothefuture.com/Richmond_Interstate_Expy.html "The 1989 CTB toll increase decision also provided for the removal of the I-95 Washington Street toll plaza in Petersburg, thereby making toll-free the I-95 portion of the Turnpike south of the Ivey Avenue [Southpark Boulevard] interchange (completed in 1987, built to help support the Southpark Mall that was built then) in the City of Colonial Heights" "The I-95 Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike became toll-free on July 1, 1992"