Shoppers changes: Center to welcome Stein Mart, DSW shoes
Plans to spruce up Shoppers World, the 1970s-era shopping Center best known as the former home of Whole Foods, are moving forward. As revealed at a recent Albemarle Country Architectual Review Board meeting, fashion retail chain Stein Mart and designer shoe warehouse store DSW are moving in. Now Federal Realty, the Rockville Maryland-based company bought the shopping center in 2007 for $27.2 million, wants to renovate the facades of the buildings.
"It's a great improvement," said ARB member Bruce Wardell at the March 5 meeting, though he noted that approval for the design won't be compete until the company's architects submit a final plan at an upcoming ARB work session. While Wardell mentioned that the use of some corrugated metal made him "a little nervous," all members voiced agreement that the proposed renovations would be welcome.
Since buying the shopping center, Federal Realty– which also operates Barracks Road Shopping Center– has either been shuffling tenants (Advance Auto and Massage Envy moved) or refusing to renew leases in the hope of luring big box tenants. In January, the company gave the gigantic China King Buffet the boot. In 2011, the year Whole Foods departed for a larger space on Hydraulic Road, Super Shoes moved, and Ragazzi's closed.
Federal Realty's Mark Henderson says he's "real excited" about the tenant moving into the Raggazi's space, but said he couldn't yet reveal the name. Back in October, the Hook reported that a Jason's Deli might be opening up in the Raggazzi's space. The deli-style restaurant has made a name for itself by offering healthy food that's free of transfats, MSG, and high-fructose corn syrup. Indeed, a recent tenent roster up on the company's website lists Jason's Deli.Read more on: shoppers world