NEWINGTON MALL: NEWINGTON, NH
Patrick Lessard's Commentary
Posted October 12, 2005 (user submitted)
The Newington Mall was a modern mall of 480,000 square feet, located in the
middle of everything and near highways in tax-free New Hampshire. It had 4
anchor stores, a large parking lot with other businesses including two
restaurants. The mall thrived but by 1983, a new and bigger mall opened a few
yards away, the Fox Run Mall That mall had more stores and had strong anchors:
Sears, JC Penney, Filene's and Jordan Marsh. This would become one of the
problems the mall faced through the years.
The Newington Mall mall opened in the 70's and was anchored by Montgomery Ward,
J.M.Fields, a supermarket (probably Food Fair) and a Value Store.
and Bickford's Family Fare were located in the parking lot. In the late 70's,
Bradlees replaced J.M.Fields and Shaw's supermarket opened in the former
grocery store. Porteous replaced the Value store around that same time.
years, the Newington Mall co-existed with it's new larger neighbor. Each had
their own style and array of stores. Toys ?r? us opened at the mall in a
separate building in the mid 80's. At it's peak, the mall had up to 70 stores.
The mall and the region suffered when the nearby Pease Air Force base closed.
In 1991, Shaw's moved to another shopping center. The space remained vacant
for years. Several small stores in the mall also closed down during that
period. Many national chains had stores at both malls in Newington. During
that hard time, companies decided to keep open the ones at the healthier
mall... In 1992, Porteous closed it's doors, leaving another large anchor
space vacant. By then, the mall was almost completely vacant. In 1995, mall
officials told the remaining half-dozen tenants to leave the dead mall.
Bradlees and Montgomery Ward were the only stores left along with the ones
Plans were made for a new shopping center that would be located between the two
anchors. In november 1995, a proposal was made to demolish and redesign the
vacant mall. As planned, a new strip of stores was built between the two
department stores. The redeveloped strip plaza was renamed ?The Crossing at
Fox Run?. It started slowly in 1997 with MVP Sports and Bed & Bath. In
october 1997, Montgomery Ward closed along with 48 other stores nationwide.
The store was torn down in spring 1998.
Michaels Crafts opened in the fall of 1998 and Best Buy opened in the new
section located on the former Ward site. Barnes & Noble joined Best Buy in the
rebuilt space in 1999. Finally, Old Navy opened in the last available section
of the former Montgomery Ward space in 2000. By the end of that year, Bradlees
announced it would close. Kohl's quickly replaced Bradlees in an expanded
store and the center lost the last big piece of it's past. Bed & Bath did not
lasted and MVP Sports, renamed Decathlon, closed in 2003.
The power center now features Dick's Sporting Goods, LongHorn steakhouse, IHOP,
Pet Quarters, a 15-screen Cinema and Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse. The remaining
Sullivan Tire store looks lost in that modern power center near Kohl's. Now
that Bickford's has closed, it's one of the last piece of the defunct Newington
www.geocities.com/zayre88/plaza-newington.html - "Biography" on the mall