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Carwardine Mills is a high end shopping mall located in Newport News, Virginia that is owned by Simon Property Group. The mall first opened in 1998 after The Mills Corporation purchased Carwardine Parks, who were building it with the name of "Colony Shoppes at Carwardine Colony".

Carwardine Mills is located across the street from Carwardine Colony.

History

It was built on an old parking lot of the Carwardine Colony that was hardly ever used by guests ever since the "priority parking" spots became normal cost in 1990, construction started in June of 1995, the old parking lot was fenced off after the 1994 season.

By 1996, construction was under heavy way, that Carwardine Colony visitors had to take the staff route to enter the park for 2 months.

The mall was not planned to be called Carwardine Mills and instead "Colony Shoppes at Carwardine Colony" and Carwardine would not have full ownership of the store, unlike the final version post-buyout. The change came in so late that for the first few months, it was common in the mall to see directional signs with the word "Shoppes" on it.

In 2000, the mall for the first time has reached max capacity.

Carwardine Parks sold the Carwardine Mills mall in 2007 to Simon shortly before they bought out The Mills Corporation. The Carwardine name is still used by Simon for the mall under license from Carwardine Parks, Carwardine also still owns the land the mall sits on.

In 2015, Carwardine's main FEC chain "Jeepers!" opened a location in the mall, marking the first time Carwardine owned the mall in any degree in 8 years.

In 2018, online retailer Amazon opened a brick and mortar store in the mall.

Current tenants

Anchor stores

  • Child World
  • Dick's Sporting Goods (since 2020)
  • JCPenney (since 1998)
  • Kohl's
  • Macy's
  • Von Maur (opening TBD 2021; former Sears)

Other stores

  • Abercrombie & Fitch/Abercrombie Kids (since 1998; expanded in 2016 into a former pop up shop area to add Abercrombie Kids)
  • Amazon Go/Amazon Books (since 2017; also a fulfillment center for online Amazon orders for the east coast)
  • American Eagle Outfitters (since 1998)
  • Apple (since 2003)
  • Bath & Body Works (since 1998)
  • Carter's/OshKosh B'Gosh (since 2006)
  • The Children's Place/Gymboree
  • Columbia (since 2003)
  • Comics, Books, and more!
  • Disney (since 1998; formerly The Disney Store and DisneyStore, changed name to simply "Disney" due to their online store carrying the DisneyStore name)
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Foot Locker (since 1998)
  • Forever 21
  • GameStop (since 2004; formerly EB Games)
  • GNC (since 1998)
  • Hollister/Gilly Hicks (since 2003; Gilly Hicks added in 2012)
  • Hot Topic (since 1998)
  • Justice & Brothers (since 2007, Brothers added in 2015; formerly Limited Too)
  • Kids Foot Locker (since 1998)
  • Mail Boxes Etc.
  • Nike
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts (outparcel; formerly Sears auto center)
  • Spencer's (since 1998)
  • Vans
  • Victoria's Secret (since 1998)
  • White Barn Candle Company
  • Zumiez

Food court

  • Bourbon Street Cajun Cafe
  • Moe's Southwest Grill (for April Fools 2005, the restaurant was temporarily transformed into Moe's Tavern from March 29-April 4) (since 2003)
  • Rizzo's Italian Oven Pizza (since 1998)
  • Starbucks (since 1998)
  • Wokery Deluxe (since 1998)

Restaurants and eateries

  • Buwalda's Restaurant (since 2009; formerly Jeepers!)
  • Chuck E. Cheese's (since 1998; originally debuted with a 1-Stage [bots are now at the Busytown Theater at Whalom Park], then a Studio C Alpha, and since 2019, a Chuck E. Live Stage)

Entertainment

  • Jeepers! (since 2015)
  • Regal Cinemas (since 1998)

Former tenants

  • Abercrombie Kids (2000-2015; moved into Abercrombie & Fitch, now Comics, Books, and more!)
  • Brothers (2013-2015; move into Justice, now Amazon Go)
  • EB Games (1998-2004; now GameStop)
  • Jeepers! (2000-2008; old location, now Buwalda's Restaurant, all rides were sold to Omaha Luna Park)
  • Limited Too (1998-2007; now Justice & Brothers)
  • Media Play (1998-2005; now Jeepers!)
  • OshKosh B'Gosh (1998-2006; now Cater's/OshKosh B'Gosh)
  • Payless Shoesource/Payless Kids (1998-2019; closed due to bankruptcy, replaced with Dick's Sporting Goods)
  • Ruehl No.925 (2006-2008)
  • Ruum American Kid's Wear (2013-15; seasonal pop-up shop, now Abercrombie Kids)
  • Sears (1998-2018; they went bankrupt, to be replaced with Von Maur)

Trivia

  • The Sears sign was found at a flea market and then sold on eBay a month after it closed.
  • Hollister still has the beach hut store design with porch, but the porch was roped off in 2012, after Gilly Hicks was added redirecting customers to the side entrance of the Hollister side of the store. The former main entrance is now being used as a display stage for manikins.
  • The Carwardine name was given out to the mall via 10-year leases.
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