Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Classic Richmond Shopping Institution – Regency Mall

September 13, 2010 by  


When Short Pump Town Center and Stony Point Fashion Park opened several years ago, we thought it was curtains for Regency Mall.  Despite it’s central location, the stores inside it were failing, business was bad, and the Taco Bell even pulled out of the food court.  I actually don’t remember if there was a Taco Bell at Regency Mall. But trust me, it was that dire.  With the demise of Cloverleaf and the creepy dwindlingness (yes, I made that word up) of Willow Lawn, I feared for my favorite mall in a big way.

Today, however, Regency Mall is doing a lot better.  It’s hard to find a place to park near my favorite entrance (which is not, incidentally, The Food Court), I almost get mowed down by octogenarians in sneakers on a per visit basis, and the Chick Fil A always has a line.  Ah, commerce.

regency square

Some of the anchor stores are still the same as they were in 1975, when the mall opened its doors.  The JCPenny and Sears are still kicking, and Richmond Biz Sense reported in 2008 that Regency had the second-lowest vacancy rate among Richmond shopping centers.

texas de brazil

With the addition of Texas de Brazil and Charming CHARLIE, I have real hope that this mall is going to thrive.  Granted, I am not anywhere near the age of 21 (and  XXI Forever just opened a huge store there), but there is always Macy’s, Williams-Sonoma, and The Body Shop to keep me happy.

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