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Metro Diner to open in Short Pump shopping center

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Posted at 8:31 AM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 08:31:06-04

SHORT PUMP, Va. — A Florida-based restaurant group is ready to fire up its first Virginia location in a shuttered Short Pump jewelry store.

Metro Diner is set to occupy 3,500 square feet in the former Capri Jewelers location at 11525 W. Broad St. in the Short Pump Shoppes retail center. Jennifer Ulmer, Metro Diner spokeswoman, confirmed Monday that the company leased the space in June and is targeting an early November opening.

Jim Ashby and Richard Thalhimer, brokers with Richmond-based Cushman Wakefield & Thalhimer, represented the Pruitt Family, who owns the Short Pump Shoppes.

Metro Diner is set to open in November at 11525 W. Broad St. in Short Pump. (Photo by J. Elias O’Neal)

Metro Diner is set to open in November at 11525 W. Broad St. in Short Pump. (Photo by J. Elias O’Neal)

Established in Jacksonville, Florida, Metro Diner has 13 locations open, all in its home state. It has another 10 locations in the works as part of a northward expansion through Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Indiana and now Virginia.

Ulmer said the company liked the Short Pump location as the catalyst for its future growth in Virginia for it high traffic counts, visibility to West Broad Street and nearby residents having some the highest income figures in the region.

“We felt our diner serving up the best comfort food with flair would bring a unique offering to the well-established and also growing community of Short Pump,” Ulmer said.

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