Publix could de­mol­ish, re­build gro­cery stores at West­park, Vil­lage

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - FRONT PAGE - BY TAM­MIE SMITH

Plans have been sub­mit­ted with Henrico County that call for de­mol­ish­ing for­mer Martin’s gro­cery stores in the West­park and Vil­lage shopping cen­ters to build new Publix stores.

The ap­pli­ca­tion for re­de­vel­op­ment of the West­park Shopping Cen­ter store at 9645 W. Broad St. is sched­uled to be con­sid­ered at the Sept. 27 meet­ing of the Henrico Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

The plans sub­mit­ted for the store at 7001 Three Chopt Road in The Vil­lage are pre­lim­i­nary and a pub­lic

hear­ing date be­fore the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion has not yet been sched­uled. The shopping cen­ter is lo­cated in both Henrico and the city of Rich­mond.

Publix also is plan­ning a store at the for­mer Martin’s lo­ca­tion at 3522 W. Cary St. in the Rich­mond Shopping Cen­ter in Cary­town.

An of­fi­cial in the Rich­mond plan­ning of­fice on Thurs­day said no plans had been sub­mit­ted for that project.

Florida-based Re­gency Cen­ters Corp. has said it is work­ing with the own­ers of the Rich­mond Shopping Cen­ter on a re­de­vel­op­ment plan for the prop­erty. Re­gency Cen­ters also owns the Vil­lage shopping cen­ter.

“In re­gards to our stores at Three Chopt Road and Cary Street, we are still work­ing with the shopping cen­ter land­lord on fu­ture plans for those lo­ca­tions. At this time, open­ing dates are yet to be de­ter­mined,” Publix spokes­woman Kim­berly Reynolds said.

The stores at West­park, in The Vil­lage and on Cary Street are three of the ini­tial 10 for­mer Martin’s stores that Florida-based Publix bought with plans to ren­o­vate or re­build be­fore re­open­ing.

Publix had not said of- fi­cially whether it would ren­o­vate or re­build those three stores, but the plans filed with Henrico show in­ten­tions to com­pletely re­build the store in West­park and The Vil­lage.

The ap­pli­ca­tion for the West­park re­de­vel­op­ment de­scribes the project as de­mo­li­tion of an ex­ist­ing 59,068 square-foot-gro­cery store and con­struc­tion of a new 52,744-square­foot gro­cery store with a phar­macy drive-thru. The plans also call for tear­ing down a for­mer Martin’s fu­el­ing sta­tion on the front edge of the prop­erty along West Broad Street.

The West­park Shopping Cen­ter, lo­cated at West Broad Street and Pem­ber­ton Road, has an Ap­ple­bee’s on the eastern end and a McDon­ald’s on the western edge.

The prop­erty is owned by In­venTrust Prop­er­ties Inc. of Illi­nois, ac­cord­ing to the project’s ap­pli­ca­tion. Sk­ilken|Gold of Colum­bus, Ohio, is listed as the de­vel­oper. Tim­mons Group of Rich­mond is listed as en­gi­neer/sur­veyor, and Free­man Mor­gan Ar­chi­tects of Henrico is listed as ar­chi­tect.

The West­park store opened in 1989 as a Uk- rop’s Su­per Mar­ket Inc. lo­ca­tion. It was the Rich­mond-based com­pany’s 20th store and its first store with a café with seat­ing and an in-store phar­macy.

The pre­lim­i­nary plan for the store in The Vil­lage calls for tear­ing down the cur­rent build­ing and re­build­ing a one-story, 45,600-square-foot store.

The for­mer Martin’s in The Vil­lage was pre­vi­ously a Ukrop’s store, which opened in 1994 as a 36,000-square-foot store. It was later ex­panded by tak­ing over a for­mer gift shop next door.

Publix has opened four stores in the Rich­mond area.

It built a store from the ground up at 5400 Wyn­d­ham For­est Drive in the Nuck­ols Place de­vel­op­ment in western Henrico County, which opened July 15.

The chain took for­mer Martin’s lo­ca­tions and re­opened them at 2250 John Rolfe Park­way in John Rolfe Com­mons, at 4591 South Labur­num Ave. in White Oak Vil­lage, and at 10250 Sta­ples Mill Road in the Shoppes at CrossRidge — all in Henrico.

Publix also is build­ing a store from the ground up at Brandy Creek Com­mons, a de­vel­op­ment pro­posed for Brandy Creek Drive at Me­chan­icsville Turn­pike in Hanover County.

The em­ployee-owned gro­cery com­pany also on Aug. 31 bought the for­mer Martin’s store at 7045 For­est Hill Ave. in the Shops at Strat­ford Hills in South Rich­mond, ac­cord­ing to city prop­erty records. The com­pany bought the prop­erty for $12.491 mil­lion from Ukrop’s Su­per Mar­kets Inc.

Other Martin’s-to-Publix con­ver­sions sched­uled to open this fall in­clude stores at 3107 Boule­vard in the Colo­nial Square Shopping Cen­ter in Colo­nial Heights; at 10150 Brook Road in Vir­ginia Cen­ter Mar­ket­place and 3460 Pump Road in Short Pump Cross­ing Shopping Cen­ter, both in Henrico; and at 13700 Hull Street Road in the Har­bour Point Shopping Cen­ter in Ch­ester­field County.

Ukrop’s in 2010 sold its stores to Martin’s Food Mar­kets. In early Au­gust, Martin’s ex­ited the Rich­mond mar­ket af­ter the par­ent com­pa­nies of Martin’s and Food Lion merged last year to form Ahold Del­haize. An­titrust reg­u­la­tors re­quired the merged com­pany to sell, close or oth­er­wise di­vest it­self of some stores.

TAM­MIE SMITH/ TIMES-DIS­PATCH

Florida- based Publix plans to tear down the for­mer Martin’s gro­cery store in theWest­park Shopping Cen­ter.

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