Monday, December 27, 2004

The Thalhimers Archive

LiveMalls is pleased to present The Thalhimers Archive, a tribute to Virginia's iconic department store company, Thalhimer Brothers, Inc. of Richmond.

The Thalhimers Archive would not be possible without the generous contributions of Elizabeth Thalhimer Smartt, who gave LiveMalls access to her extensive collection of Thalhimers photos and memorabilia. I thank Elizabeth for her help to provide the internet with a unsurpassed collection of all things Thalhimers. Please check this page regularly, as I will be adding more memorabilia as I receive it.

A final note: this archive is neither sponsored or endorsed by Thalhimer Brothers, Inc. or its subsidiaries or predecessor companies. I do hope that they are honored and not offended, because it's all done out of love for their company.
Thalhimers, location unknown. Exterior, circa 1990. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers, Cameron Village, Raleigh, North Carolina. Exterior, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers Career Shop, location unknown. Exterior, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)


Thalhimers, Circle Shopping Center, Richmond, Virginia. Exterior, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)
Thalhimers (later Hecht's), Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, Virginia. Mall entrance, July 31, 1973. (Courtesy Richmond History Center)

Thalhimers (later Hecht's), Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, Virginia. Mall entrance, July 28, 1974. (Courtesy Richmond History Center)
Thalhimers (later Hecht's), Cloverleaf Mall, Richmond, Virginia. Mall entrance, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers (later Hecht's and Macy's), Coliseum Mall, Hampton, Virginia. Construction photo, circa 1976. (Courtesy The Daily Press, via Anita)

Thalhimers (later Hecht's, Lord & Taylor and Belk Men's), Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh, North Carolina. Mall entrance, circa 1972. (Scan from thesis by Phillip Long, Courtesy Malls of America)
Thalhimers (later Hecht's, Lord & Taylor and Belk Men's), Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh, North Carolina. Mall entrance, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)
Thalhimers (later Hecht's and Macy's), Cross Creek Mall, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Mall entrance, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers; Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Exterior, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers (later Peebles), Eastgate Mall, Richmond, Virginia. Mall entrance, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers; Four Seasons Mall, Greensboro, North Carolina. Mall entrance, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers (later Hecht's and Macy's), Friendly Shopping Center, Greensboro, North Carolina. Exterior, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers; Hanes Mall, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Exterior, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers Imdustrial Sales Corporation; location unknown. Exterior, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers; Lakewood Shopping Center, Durham, North Carolina. Exterior, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers; Northgate Shopping Center, Durham, North Carolina. Exterior, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers; Parkway Plaza, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Exterior, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers (later Hecht's and Macy's South), Regency Square; Richmond, Virginia. Mall entrance, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers, Walnut Mall, Petersburg, Virginia. Exterior, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers; Westchester Mall, High Point, North Carolina. Exterior, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

Thalhimers, Westmoreland, Richmond, Virginia. Exterior, circa 1975. (Courtesy Elizabeth Smartt)

9 comments:

  1. All about the Coliseum Mall in Hampton, VA location:

    http://sickmalls.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/thalhimers-coliseum-mall-1973-1992/

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  2. Wow...I'm speechless. Thank you so much, Steven and Elizabeth, for posting these! This really is a treasure.

    One question...what was "Thalhimer's Industrial Sales Corporation?"

    I just keep smiling at that tiny little store at Lakewood in Durham. Perhaps this was an "express" type store, maybe similar to the Ivey's "Little Shop" on Park Road?

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  3. You are welcome, Matt. I'm glad to have the oppurtunity to share Elizabeth's photos with the LiveMalls community.

    There are a few smaller Thalhimers stores that opened in the 1960s and 1970s. I don't remember them well, but I think they were focused on women's apparel and accessories. That sounds a lot like, Ivey's "Little Shops," but I've only heard folklore and seen photos of those, never actually saw one in operation.

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  4. The very first picture looks like Southpark in Colonial Heights, that was a Thalhimer's for a brief time before the May Company purchase. The anchor looks so late 80's, early 90's. I would bet dollars to doughnuts that's the mystery location.

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  5. It is the old Southpark location in Colonial Heights.

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  6. Cross Creek Mall will be celebrating it's 40th Anniversary in 2015! Thalhimers was the one of the mall original four anchor stores in 1975.

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  7. The first picture of the "unknown" Thalhimers is from SouthPark Mall in Colonial Heights Va.

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  8. I don't know about that. It could also be the (recently closed by Macy's) Cary Town Center store, just outside of Raleigh. The two stores (Thalhimer's last two, I believe) looked exactly alike on the exterior.

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