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Pleasants Hardware’s current space on West Broad Street will soon be recreated as a Whole Foods grocery store. (PHOTO: Burl Rolett)

RICHMOND, Va. – A mainstay midtown hardware store is hammering out relocation plans as a Whole Foods-anchored Broad Street development begins to take shape around it.

Pleasants Hardware has its eye on a nearby building as it looks to move from its current location at 2024 W. Broad St. to make way for a new Whole Foods slated to open on the site in fall of 2016.

The grocery store would be part of the Sauer Center, a planned four-building retail and office development that would encompass more than 200,000 square feet owned by spice maker C.F. Sauer Co. and its subsidiaries.

Much of Pleasants’ current building will be demolished to make way for the grocery store.

“A third of the new Whole Foods would reuse that building,” said Shane Parr of Sauer Properties. “The parking lot is in the exact same spot, and the store will fit pretty much exactly on the footprint of the existing Pleasants.”

Parr said the current plan is to save the back side of the structure, which includes loading docks facing Marshall Street.

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  • Jay

    Wow, this property has seen some changes during the past 40-50 years. Before Pleasants, it was Commonwealth Ford which moved to Belt Blvd and was bought by its top salesman, Dick Strauss. Years later, Strauss moved to the Motor Mile and has since sold to Sheehy.
    Hope Pleasants does not scale back their inventory at their new location…….can always find whatever Harry Homeowner needs at the current site.

    • reeltime

      But CP, Chicken Fiesta didn’t get Gregory Nelson, Jr to confess. He’s the one who was convicted of killing Susana Cisneros and only confessed after he was brought a chicken dinner from Lee’s

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