Charlottesville Breaking News
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, ...
Police investigating the suspicious death of a man on Fairway Avenue have announced that a suspect, a Charlottesville woman, has been nabbed in Norfolk. Forty-seven-year-old Wanda Maria Turner, a resident of the 100 block of Middlesex Drive, was arrested the evening of Monday, March 5 by Norfolk Police in connection with the death of 51-year-old Robert Edward Snead Jr., "the apparent victim of a crime of violence," according to a Police release.
According to the release, officers were summoned around 8:10am Monday to 407-B Fairway, the basement apartment of a compact gray-shingle and red brick duplex about a block northeast of Meade Park in the Woolen Mills neighborhood.
By late afternoon, at the time of a reporter's visit, a single black-and-white police cruiser was parked outside the apartment, whose corrugated metal vestibule was adorned with a simple American flag.
"Eddie was a wonderful person," says his brother-in-law, Brian Coalson, who says Snead–- who grew up in Goochland as the son of a legendary, longtime press foreman with Media General–- enjoyed Nascar races, going fishing, and attending family reunions near the Cumberland County village of Cartersville.
"I know I see it through rose-colored glasses, but you could ask anyone," says Coalson. "Everywhere he worked, everyone loved him and gravitated toward him."
"He was a great person," agrees Ralph Keene, manager of at Battlefield Ford, the auto body shop wher...
Sam Desai, the operator of the venerable Seven Day Jr. store and the winning bidder at the July auction of the gas station/convenience store at the corner of Avon and East Market Streets, reopened Fuel Co. on February 20.
Fuel Co. was the brainchild of vintner Patricia Kluge as an upscale source of energy for body and vehicle. But after opening in 2003, the place went out of business just four years later and was eventually gutted as Kluge's finances unraveled.
That gave Desai an opportunity to start anew. He's chosen Sunoco petroleum, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and local craft beers such as Starr Hill and Blue Mountain to complement such staples as Lay's potato chips and Budweiser. He has installed a couple of leather sofas in a special wi-fi and wood-floor reading room; and before long, he hopes to unveil an espresso bar and sandwich shop providing more fuel for the public.
"I want a really clean store," says...
There's something irresistible about seeing the edginess of Nobel Prize-winning English playwright Harold Pinter performed in the warmth of an Afton-area theater named for The Waltons creator Earl Hamner. Local theater maven Boomie Pedersen directs A Slight Ache, which was written in 1958. Head to Nelson while it's still light and have dinner at a local brewery, like the nearby Blue Mountain.
March 8, 9, 10, 7:30pm; March 11, 2pm, Hamner Theater, $15
A Slave in the White House
Not everyone was enthralled with Dolley Madison; and her former slave, Paul Jennings, was one with misgivings, according to his own memoir of working for President James Madison. Barboursville author Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, who has worked at both Monticello and Mon...