Friday, March 22, 2013
What would you like to see in this vacant storefront?
This storefront previously occupied by Sun Sew Vac is located in the Mount Vernon Plaza shopping center at 7732-A Richmond Hwy. The storefront is located between Domino's Pizza and Chevy's in the Mount Vernon Plaza. The shopping center also includes Noodles and Co., TJ MAXX, Home Depot, and Starbucks. Sun Sew Vac closed its Mount Vernon Plaza location on Saturday and relocated next door. The new store reopened on Tuesday and is located next to the Gold's Gym on Richmond Hwy. So, what would you like to see occupy this storefront? Is there a type of business you think our community needs? Take our poll or tell us in the comments!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The longtime Mount Vernon-area business relocated on Saturday.
Local business Sun Sew Vac has relocated from the Mount Vernon Plaza to a storefront next to the Gold's Gym on Richmond Highway this past weekend. Owner Robert Hines, Jr. said he decided to move his business from the Mount Vernon Plaza due to lower rent and more parking availability. "It's a smaller place and a little less rent, but it'll give people easier access to the store," Hines told Patch. Hines founded Sun Sew Vac 38 years ago, shortly after his graduation from Fort Hunt High School. The shop carries a wide selection of vacuums, sewing machines, carpet and hardwood cleaners, as well as sewer-friendly furniture. The shop was located in the Mount Vernon Plaza for a number of years before moving to a storefront in a neighboring …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Shopping center will include Caribou Coffee.
It appears construction could soon begin on the Fordson Place shopping center located on Richmond Highway between Boswell Avenue and Fordson Road. The soon-to-be shopping center will be located across the street from the Mount Vernon Plaza. According to the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation, Merchants National Properties and Marx Realty has obtained approval to build a retail center of approximately 12,000 square feet on the east side of Richmond Highway between Fordson Road and Boswell Avenue, directly across from Mount Vernon Plaza. The developer, Rappaport Retail Brokerage, obtained site plan approval from Fairfax County in December 2012 Rappaport Retail Brokerage has confirmed that Verizon, Caribou Coffee, Paisano's Pizza and …
Monday, March 18, 2013
After studying long lines at the polls in the 2012 presidential elections, a Fairfax County election commission will release this week its finding on voting efficiency.
Those who endured hours-long lines at the polls last November will get some of the answers they've waited for Tuesday, as Fairfax County's bi-partisan commission on election efficiency presents its report to the Board of Supervisors. Chairman Sharon Bulova proposed forming the commission in December 2012, after county voters reported severe lines and wait times during the 2012 Presidential Election. The commission is looking critically at the county’s election process, identifying efficiencies at polling places and other ways to streamline the process for voters on Election Day. This past November, some voters reported low wait times of about a half-hour, but the last polls in the county closed at 10:30 p.m. – a wait of more than 3 hours …
Friday, March 15, 2013
The popular housewares store will open in the next six months.
Pier 1 Imports will soon be opening at the Mount Vernon Plaza shopping center on Route 1 in Alexandria. Federal Realty, the firm that owns the Mount Vernon Plaza shopping center, has signed Pier 1 Imports to replace Capital Discount Merchandise and will open in the next six months, Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation Executive Director Edythe Frankel Kelleher said. "Pier 1 is a nationally recognized company and it's very popular and has a good following," Kelleher told Patch. "We are optimistic that it will succeed in the Route 1 corridor." Subscribe to the Greater Alexandria Patch newsletter for updates on local businesses.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The renovated store will have a Starbucks.
The Belle View Safeway will re-open on Friday morning. The store will reopen after being closed for the past six months for renovations, including an expansion of the store. This is the second expansion that the store has undergone since Safeway acquired the store from another grocer in August 1984 as a 28,000 square foot facility, according to a news release from Safeway. The previous expansion occurred in 1997, enlarging the interior to 39,888 square feet. The newly renovated store will feature an expanded beer and wine department; full-service deli, meat, seafood and floral departments; from scratch bakery; an expanded produce section featuring approximately 150 varieties of organic items and a Starbucks coffee bar. The store will re-…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
What would you like to see in this vacant storefront?
This storefront is located in the Mount Vernon Plaza shopping center at 7696 Richmond Highway. The storefront used to serve as an office for the Islamic Circle of North America. What would you like to see in the space? Take our poll or tell us in the comments below.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Crews were seen working in the store on Monday.
Yogurt City is now hiring cashiers for its Alexandria location. The yogurt shop will be opening this spring at 7615 Fordson Road next to Mamma's Kitchen. Construction crews were seen working in the shop on Monday afternoon. Yogurt City's locations in Virginia include Newport News and Virginia Beach. The new Alexandria location will be the company's first location in Northern Virginia. Sign up for the Greater Alexandria Patch newsletter for more news about new businesses on Route 1.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Supervisor Jeff McKay said the construction is currently on schedule.
The construction on Costco Wholesale is still on schedule and the store is slated to open in spring or early summer, said Supervisor Jeff McKay in a recent interview. SFDC Marketing and Communications Director David Ben told Patch a few weeks ago that the ground at the location was being allowed to properly settle and the building itself won't take long to build. McKay said some people may have thought the construction progress was stalled because they went in early and tore down the old multiplex. "For environmental reasons they had to allow the site to sit for six months," McKay said. "In addition to that, because of some of the freezing temperatures we've had, they made a strategic decision to delay some of the other construction until …
Friday, March 1, 2013
What would you like to see in this vacant storefront on Route 1?
This storefront previously occupied by Pep Boys Auto Parts is located at 7812 Richmond Hwy. in the Mount Vernon Crossroads shopping center. Pep Boys relocated to a larger retail space next door in November 2012. What would you like to see go into the Pep Boys space? Take our poll or tell us in the comments below. Sign up for the Greater Alexandria Patch newsletter for more business news.