Hollymead Target's too far

As a recent transplant to Charlottesville and a former avid Target shopper, I was pleased to read that the Albemarle Board of Supervisors had finally approved rezoning the portion of Hollymead Town Center that will house Charlottesville's first Target store [July 24, "4Better or worse"]– that is, until I timed the drive from my home in Belmont to Hollymead along traffic-choked U.S. 29 and found that it takes 25 minutes in the middle of the day.

It only takes about 20 minutes longer to get from Belmont to the next-nearest Target store, in Short Pump, down wide-open Interstate 64. In September, Short Pump will be adding Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Apple Computer, and a number of other stores not available in Charlottesville, to its retail mix.

Given these advantages, I think you can guess where I'm going to be driving for my Saturday shopping expeditions.

When will local developers acknowledge that there are still many people living south of the Route 250 corridor, and that we don't enjoy having to drive out to Ruckersville to shop?

Scott Mathews
Charlottesville