CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — A local convenience store magnate will unveil plans today to bring a $160 million water park, hotel and convention center project to Chesterfield County, according to RichmondBizSense.com.
Steve Uphoff, founder of the Uppy’s convenience store chain and Uptown Alley bowling alleys, is partnering with a Chinese investment group to build the project on land he owns on Brad McNeer Parkway in Midlothian. The group also plans to build water parks in Phoenix and China, and five Uptown Alleys each in the United States and China.
The partnership will be signed this morning at an event held by the Chesterfield County Economic Development Department. More details and renderings will be released at the event. Uphoff estimated that the complete slate of projects both here, in Phoenix and overseas would cost between $3 billion and $4 billion.
“We’re very confident about the success of the project,” Uphoff said on Monday.
The indoor water park in Midlothian will be built on 26 acres next to Uptown Alley on Brad McNear Parkway. Uphoff said he’s owned the land through Uphoff Ventures since 2008 it already has the correct zoning. It will include an outdoor park with zip lines, mini-golf and climbing walls.
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