Publix could demolish, rebuild grocery stores at Westpark, Village
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.
Florida- based Publix plans to tear down the former Martin’s grocery store in theWestpark Shopping Center.