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Pleasants Hardware to move out as Whole Foods plans become clear

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Posted at 9:45 AM, Jul 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-17 09:45:07-04

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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