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Williamsburg Outlet Mall to Close Its Doors this Year

The Williamsburg Outlet Mall will be closing its doors for business Dec. 31 this year.

A local, family-owned group, 6401 Richmond Road LLLP purchased the mall in August 2003. Mary Digges, general partner in the LLLP, said the property was originally purchased as a redevelopment opportunity, but instead the mall continued to operate.

The mall was at about 60 percent occupancy when it was purchased. At the prime point of the LLLP’s ownership, the mall surpassed the 90 percent occupancy mark. Now out of more than 70 retail spaces, just 18 are occupied, including a candy dispensing station and three businesses Digges owns.

A lack of retailers coming into the mall has led to its closing, Digges said.

“It’s not being closed because someone wants it empty; it’s being closed because it costs me too much to keep it open,” Digges said.

The decision to close was not easy for her to make: She wants to continue to support the businesses in the mall. All sidewalk sales and customer appreciation events the mall has held in the past will continue throughout the remainder of the year.

In response to rumors last September among the mall’s merchants that the mall was being sold, Digges said she warned them it would have to close at some point if the mall could not attract new merchants — not that the mall was definitely closing. Last week, Digges told the merchants the mall would close at the end of the year.

“How much can you continue to lose every month until you make the decision?” she asked.

Overall, Digges wants to be as accommodating as she can to the existing merchants and give them the best sendoff possible. The holidays typically bring the best business while the early months of the year are slower. With the mall closing in December, the stores get to see one more rush of good business and can move out in January and February when things slow down, she said.

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11 Responses to Williamsburg Outlet Mall to Close Its Doors this Year

  1. Absolutely Reply

    August 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

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  2. Laurie Reply

    April 30, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Costco probably would be abetter choice since Walmart and Sams are usually closer together. But please route a gas line to the building so that restaurants will enter the property. The lack of restaurants in the Mall is what killed the business.

  3. Smudge Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Albeit I would like to have a Warehouse Club, my “gut” feeling is the city will put up something to benefit the tourists over those that live here.

  4. Cindy Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Costco, please please. I drive there monthly and would probably go more often if I didn’t have to go on 64 or 143….. Costco and the airport are the two places I visit in Newport News! Williamsburg pretty much has everything else I need.

  5. fred Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I prefer Sams club!

  6. Pearl Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Costco would be a great addition to the area and the county….from what I hear they are very good to their employees as well…it would be a win/win.

  7. He already shot 'em down too Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Costco would be a great additon and fit at that location!

    Unfortunately when they were “close to a deal” Supervisor Icenhour couldn’t respect their privacy policy and on March 19th blabbed about the deal in the VG tabloid, promting several letters and LastWord comments and the deal fizzled

  8. Mary Reply

    April 26, 2013 at 9:16 am

    The Williamsburg Mall has been a great place for socializing and the stores that have remained stable have much to offer. The mall will truly be missed . I only wish that in this area merchants would consider old facilities to use as businesses rather than moving to the new area which cost more thus having to up prices.
    I agree Costco would be a great option rather than closing the entire building.

  9. Dina Reply

    April 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Sorry to hear this indoor facility will be closing its doors. Hopefully the few stores that are operating will find a new location.

  10. Longtime Resident Reply

    April 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Now would be the perfect time to begin talks with a Warehouse Store like Costco or BJ’s Wholesale Club. The area would support such a facility w/o question.

    • Carol Reply

      April 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      I think a Costco would be a wonderful addition to the area. Hopefully the Board of Supervisors wouldn’t shoot it down.

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