Cloverleaf Mall Mallmanac ca. 1988. View the full PDF version here.
I was lucky enough to pick up this mallmanac when Cloverleaf was in the midst of their first, and apparently only renovation during its lifespan. Completed in the late eighties, the renderings made the "new look" of Cloverleaf appear bitchin' enough, at least from my inexperienced teenage eyes. They were installing placards of big happy fish in the food court; how appetizing. Ceramic was replacing what I'm sure were either dark wooden or tile floors, and I'll bet they were Miami Vice pastel. Pink or blue; it had to be. It's in the Renovating a Shopping Mall During the Late Eighties and Early Nineties For Dummies handbook.
Cloverleaf Mall in the eighties. The blue spaces represent vacancies, so it's pretty evident that the mall is in decline already.
Cloverleaf Mall, making its debut in 1972, was named for the cloverleaf shaped interchange of Midlothian Turnpike and Chippenham Parkway. The mall was fairly successful in its early years, even surviving the addition of Regency Square to the market. But the nineties brought a change in demographics to the surrounding area. Along with it came a perception of crime that became a reality when in 1996 a couple of mall employees were murdered inside their store. By then, Thalhimer's had closed its store along with the rest of the chain and the space had remained empty. Eventually, both Sears and JCPenney decided not to renew their leases. The mall, then anchorless with no prospective replacements, was finally laid to rest in 2008 with that 1988 renovation, big fish and all, still gracing the interior.