RICHMOND, VA — The metro-Richmond area is experiencing a development boom when it comes to new shopping centers.
Plans have been announced to build new sites off Nine Mile Road in Henrico, off Broad Street in Short Pump, and off Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield.
So what will go in them?
Fairfield Commons Mall
The old Fairfield Commons mall will soon be torn down and replaced with the new Eastgate Town Center.
Walmart will be the anchor store, but other sites have signed up including Peebles, Cititrends, a nail salon, and DaVinci's Pizza.
Residents should expect some noise as the old mall is torn down.
"The sooner it is opened, the better it will be for the neighborhood," Joe Brown, a nearby resident, said.
West Broad Marketplace
The new development will be along the Broad Street section of Short Pump, toward the Goochland County line.
Wegmans and Cabelas are the two anchor stores, according to Connie Jordan Nielsen, the broker responsible for bringing stores to the site.
"Richmond is definitely the hot spot right now in Richmond in terms of retail," Nielsen said.
Nielsen said we should expect another major store to be announced soon -- perhaps within the next week. She didn't give any specifics but said we should expect it to be a clothing store.
According to Nielsen, about 20 stores remain available with the smallest retail space being around 1500 square feet.
Nielsen says we should not expect the Short Pump Wegmans to be the first to open in our area.
"Actually I think you'll see the Stonehenge location open up before the West Broad Marketplace," Nielsen said.
This Chesterfield location will be anchored by Wegman's but we now know other major stores will join the popular grocer.
La-z- Boy and Petco will also be on site. Orange Theory, a fitness gym, will join Hair Cuttery, Hand and Stone, and Escape Spa as businesses who have signed leases.
According to Nielsen, who also manages that property, she says about 10 spots remain.
"I think you will see it open sometime mid next year," Nielsen said.