CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Sharing memories of a piece of history as it disappears. That's the premise behind a Facebook page called "So long, Cloverleaf Mall".
Wednesday marks four years since the last remaining tenants moved out. Construction crews have been able to take advantage of the mild winter. I'm told they're on schedule and even ahead on some parts of the project.
They have a following. A group that started on Facebook reminiscing about what was and thinking about the future. Like a portal to the past. A gaping hole in one of the last remaining walls.
"It's kind of bittersweet it's sad to see the mall go but it's also nice to see something else coming over here," said Paul Mashack.
Mashack created "So long, Cloverleaf Mall" back in October before demolition began.
Mashack posted his own pictures of the progress as a developer breathes new life into the prime space. Bulldozers have been making way for a new 123,000 square foot Kroger.
A level piece of dirt should be delivered by the end of March for Kroger to begin digging its footings. The plan is to open its doors before this Thanksgiving.
"A little bit more is gone each day," said Mashack.
Cloverleaf officially closed in 2004. Four years later, Chesterfield County completed its purchase of the property and the last remaining stores closed.
These Facebook fans plan to mark that day. Mashack chuckles at his own memories.
"I remember getting a pair of Jordan's from I believe Champ's, going to the food court," said Mashack.
Others have celebrated Cloverleaf through their photos.
Ayne Bales says she took these. She worked at Sears years ago.
Bales misses what the mall was in the late 80's, early 90's. But would like to see that part of Midlothian turn around.
Mashack is also excited for progress.
"You see all these shopping centers down the street with vacancies," said Mashack.
County economic development officials said the developer is now negotiating with several other tenants but it may be six months to a year from now before we hear who else might be moving in.
Mashack may join others Wednesday evening at the site to share memories about Cloverleaf. I'm told close to 30 people plan to meet up around 6 p.m.
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