Wegmans will be be built, Fairfield Commons will be demolished

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Despite a strange, anonymous campaign to deny the beloved Wegmans Grocery chain permit, the Henrico Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the plan.

However, at Tuesday's meeting there was disagreement about how to move forward with space in  the county’s East End.

Wegmans hopes to build in Short Pump at West Broad Marketplace, a development planned for West Broad Street near North Gayton Road.  This is just west of Short Pump Towne Center. The store will look similar to other Wegmans in Virginia stores and range in size from 120,000 to 140,000 sq. ft.

Part of the development includes Cabela’s Incorporated, an outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, who announced plans to open near the Wegmans in 2016.

Over in the county's East End, developers want to tear down the old Fairfield Commons mall and build up new shops, with a Wal-Mart as the anchor store.

“I’m just a little confused about what's going on here -- a little bit,” Henrico resident Ladonna Freeman said.

Freeman is okay with the new mall, but wanted to make sure there is more traffic control in the area, like more stop signs and traffic signals.

“It was almost impossible at times to make a left turn onto Nine Mile Road,” Henrico resident Ray Jones said.

The board approved the plan to demolish the crumbling mall, which some retailers evidently expected.

The Board of Supervisors said retailers currently occupying Fairfield Commons Mall will be given a date to vacate the property.


    • John

      The East End is at the beginning of a upgrade and transformation. The White Oak mall has had steady increases in sales. WaWa has built new stores along Laburnum Ave, and that will cause some of the older convenience stores to either close or make upgrades to compete. The new Wal-Mart will give East End residents a chance to buy what they need in their own area. They won’t have to drive to Mechanicsville or the West End. Once these shoppers are not traveling out of the area, other retailers will start looking for opportunities to open in the area. The Wal-Mart will cause several local businesses to close or make upgrades. This is a BIG step in the right direction.

    • Richmonder

      HA! West End already has a Wal-Mart. And a Target. And Krogers, Martins, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, REI, Home Depot, Lowes, a Mall, and just about every other store one can think of. Wegmans and Cabelas are about all that’s left to add, so don’t flatter the West End thinking we don’t have a “nasty” Wal-Mart. We have one of those and then some!

  • NP

    I hope they take the comments about traffic control near Fairfield Commons seriously. That was my first thought when I heard of this plan. I work just up the road and have to make a left onto Nine Mile daily – it can be extremely frustrating

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