Rocky Mount is a city in eastern North Carolina, about 45 minutes east of Raleigh, and contains about 70,000 residents. Rocky Mount is known for being home of the first restaurant which would become the Hardee’s chain. It is also strategically located on I-95. In September 1999 Hurricane Floyd swept through Rocky Mount and caused major flood damage throughout the area. One of the casualties of the hurricane was Tarrytown Mall, the second enclosed mall in the state.
Here are some pictures of Rocky Mount underwater during the flood. Tarrytown Mall, which opened in 1962, sat under several feet of water for over a week. A relatively low spot in general, Tarrytown Mall was particularly susceptible to floodwater and as a result of the flooding completely destroyed the mall and sadly it never reopened. Here are a whole bunch more pictures of Tarrytown Mall as it sat abandoned.
Tarrytown Mall sat for over 6 years before Sam’s Club came and decided to build a club there, and resurrect the site from abandonment due to the natural disaster. First, they needed to remove all the asbestos from the 40+ year site. Then, in April 2006 most of the mall structure was destroyed, and by 2008 a new Sam’s Club was open in its place.
We visited Tarrytown Mall, or what was left of it, in August 2005, nearly 6 years into its tenure of abandonment. We know a Montgomery Ward store was at the site, but we know little else? If you can help us piece together the history of Tarrytown Mall, do so in the comments for this post. A few questions: What was Tarrytown Mall like immediately before the hurricane? Did it co-exist on the same level as Golden East Crossing, a competitor mall across town, or was it already on the way out? Let us know.