Consumer - Retail Archive

Proposal would bring a Farm Fresh to Edenton

By Lauren KingThe Virginian-Pilot
EDENTON - A new grocery store could open this coming spring if plans to build a new Farm Fresh-anchored shopping center are approved next month.The proposed Edenton Commons Shopping Center would bring a 56,000-square-foot Farm Fresh grocery store, fuel station and at least four other "junior" anchor stores that would fill 6,000- to 21,000-square-foot spaces. Anne-Marie Knighton, Edenton's town manager, said that Virginia Beach-based Farm Fresh has been working on the plan with the town since October . . .

Signs point to Apple store at MacArthur Center

By Carolyn Shapiro The Virginian-Pilot
If a picture is worth a thousand words, the image of bitten fruit could confirm that a much-coveted Apple store is coming to MacArthur Center. Apple Computer Inc.'s logo appeared in the past week on the walls covering two vacant spaces at the downtown Norfolk mall. Despite this hint of the company's pending arrival, officials from MacArthur Center and Apple have nothing to say."We have made no announcements about that location," Apple spokeswoman Amy Barney said Tuesday.Neither she nor mall managers . . .

Lowe's resumes construction in Beach

By jon w. GlassThe Virginian-Pilot
VIRGINIA BEACH - A long-running legal dispute that had blocked Lowe's from building a new store off Virginia Beach Boulevard has been settled, attorneys said Tuesday. Work on the store is under way near Great Neck Road beside Parker Lane. The confidential settlement resolved a four-year dispute over a 300-yard-long dirt easement that runs across the property. The easement was used by a neighboring landowner to gain access to a landlocked lot behind the Lowe's property."Everybody's happy, everybody's . . .

Dollar Tree now accepting Discover cards

By Carolyn Shapiro The Virginian-Pilot
Dollar Tree Stores Inc. is now accepting Discover cards as the exclusive form of credit payment in about two-thirds of its stores.Dollar Tree is using the Discover Network, the electronic payment system that supports Discover credit, debit and stored-value cards, in more than 2,100 of its more than 3,100 locations. All Dollar Tree stores now take Discover. Some stores, in chains that Dollar Tree previously acquired, already had accepted Visa and MasterCard, said Chelle Gagliano, a spokeswoman . . .

Robertson, CBN plan massive retail, housing project near I-64

By MIKE GRUSSThe Virginian-Pilot
CHESAPEAKE - A proposed interchange off Interstate 64 and backed by Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson may lead to some of the most high-end shopping in Hampton Roads.Consultants for the Christian Broadcasting Network unveiled detailed plans Tuesday, announcing a 500-acre complex near Regent University that they say would rival MacArthur Center in Norfolk, Short Pump Town Center in Richmond and Town Center in Virginia Beach.When completed, the giant complex called Blenheim Park would add about . . .

Beach council to hear plan today for Town Center market

By jon w. GlassThe Virginian-Pilot
VIRGINIA BEACH - Town Center, this suburban city's new "downtown," may be getting a taste of rural life. The City Council will hear a proposal today to create a farmers market in the city's central business district.Backers say Town Center, which has grown into a busy hub of offices, restaurants and shops since its groundbreaking in 2000, is an ideal spot."We're very excited about this concept," said Peter Coe, a co-owner of Taste Unlimited and one of the project's proponents. "As I travel, I go . . .

Jewelers have been forced by competition to rethink their strategies

By CArolyn ShapiroThe Virginian-Pilot
As David Nygaard watched his fellow independent jewelers struggle or close their businesses, he realized he had to take a dramatic step.At the end of 2002, he had one store in Virginia Beach with faltering sales and a staff of four. Within three years, David Nygaard Fine Jewelers grew to six locations throughout the region and about 36 employees.“I saw the trends a few years back, and I knew I didn’t want to be stuck in the middle. We were doing well, but for us to really thrive, we needed to expand,” . . .

To grocer, health-food store fits naturally into Olde Towne’s mix of specialty shops

By Jennifer JiggettsThe Virginian-Pilot
PORTSMOUTH - If it's not organic, kosher or natural, you won't find it in Jon Berry's store. The specialty health shop To Life Market has been open for two months. It's the only health-food grocer in Olde Towne, said Steven Lynch, director of economic development for the city. The store, at High and Court streets, fills a niche for downtown Portsmouth because it brings more diversity to the area's growing collection of stores, Lynch said.Since the 1980s, Portsmouth officials have steadily worked . . .

Officials hope Super Wal-Mart will rescue Southern Shopping Center

By Jennifer JiggettsThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — Those who live near Southern Shopping Center can look forward to Super Wal-Mart opening as scheduled this fall. “I like the convenience of a Wal-Mart down the street from me,” said Kimberly Jones, who lives in an apartment complex off of Tidewater Drive. Once it opens, Jones said, she won’t have to bypass the Military Highway location and go shopping at her preferred Virginia Beach Wal-Mart anymore.Norfolk officials like the idea of those in the neighborhood shopping closer to home. . . .

Retailers learn what to expect during tax holiday

By carolyn shapiroThe Virginian-Pilot
VIRGINIA BEACH — On the morning that North Carolina launched its first sales tax holiday four years ago, a customer at Coastal Edge surf shop in Kill Devil Hills yelled at the cashier to ensure that she had applied the promised discount.The shopper startled the employee, who didn’t know whether the cash register was calculating the state sales tax . Workers called owner Deepak Nachnani, who suddenly understood how passionate consumers were about the tax break.“She wanted to make sure she was . . .

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