Big changes coming to Lynnhaven Mall

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Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) – Big changes are coming to Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach.

Construction on the second phase of renovations will start soon, which will include redeveloping the mall entrances, expanding an outdoor courtyard, building a new food court and removing the upper level.

“We are bringing the food court out to meet the restaurants, make it more cohesive food vending area,” explained Lynnhaven Mall General Manager Michael Harris. “We're going to be demoing the second level of the center court which will open up the area all the way from center court to the front entrance.”

This is the second phase of renovations for the mall. The first wrapped up in 2013 and included upgrades to flooring, paint, seating and lighting in the two wings of the mall.

The expansion of the outdoor courtyard is in the same area where a carrousel stood for many years; a decision Harris says was not easy.

“We were not surprised by the outpouring by the community about the carousel and we certainly recognize the concerns and that this was a fixture within our market for many, many years and it was a decision that we did not take lightly,” Harris said.

Renovations to the mall will all happen without closing the mall.

“All this will be done at night when the mall is closed and after hours,” Harris said.

He’s also hoping that any construction work will be a part of the shopping experience during the transformation.

“There will be some visible signs of construction surely but we want that to be a part of the experience as we go through this process,” Harris stated. “There may be a barricade that may be 8 feet high but we are going to be cutting in some Plexiglas window openings so they can actually see the activity.”

Construction work will be halted before the 2014 holiday shopping season and is expected to be finished during the first part of 2015.


  • Erica Johnson

    The bathrooms are still disgusting. Are those going to be updated? I feel like I’m going to get an STD every time I go in one, no lie. It also upsets me that there is no area that is “comfortable” for a mother to nurse her baby. There used to be privacy curtains with rocking chairs, but they removed those. I’m sorry, but I don’t want a hundred women, who are going to the bathroom, to watch me feed my baby…especially in a restroom. This place needs to be more mother/baby friendly.

    • Kathie Strauss

      Erica, The Lynnhaven Mall renovation will include a complete update of the existing restrooms on the lower level and the installation of all new restrooms as part of the new food court.
      The new food court restrooms will include a furnished and private nursing room in addition to a private family restroom.

      • Meg

        Donna how about you eat at home so we don’t have to watch you. If you feel ashamed by a mother doing the most natural thing by nursing her child, then the problem lies in you and your immature mindset.

  • kelly

    Erica: If you would like to comfortably breastfeed your child, head to Macarthur Center in Norfolk. Nordstrom is an excellent place to dine, shop, and nurse your little one in not only comfort, but privacy!

  • Jennifer

    I have no reason to return to Lynhaven Mall! We used to travel there from Moyock, NC often to shop and allow my daughter rides on the carousel. With the carousel gone McArther is where we shop now.

  • Andrea MacDuffee

    We live in Chesapeake and we always traveled to Lynhaven to let the kids ride the carousel after we shopped. We won’t be shopping there anymore since the carousel is gone. I know I am going to miss it and all the memories that are associated with it.

  • ethoramoon21

    When I was little I used to ride the carousel all the time. I used to think that when I grew up I can take my kids to the carousel too. it really was one of your main attractions. you’ve lost a lot of business in people that would come from Chesapeake and Norfolf as well as other places just for that attraction…perhaps upgrading to a newer carousel would have actually brought in more customers,rather than lose many to MacArthur Mall.

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