Business in brief
Martin’s Food Markets has completed three-month remodels of its stores located at 3460 Pump Road and at 10150 Brook Road, both in Henrico. Short Pump and Virginia Center customers will find key departments such as produce, deli, meat, and bakery have been freshened with new décor and fixtures along with an increased variety of product. Key areas such as grocery, dairy, frozen foods and beer/wine have been expanded as well. With an eye on energy conservation, LED lighting was newly installed in many areas of the store, including overhead track lights, spotlights on specialty areas & displays, exterior store signs and in the frozen food cases.
Glen Allen-based KSA Interiors has announced several promotions. Karen Burton, a KSA Facilities team leader, is promoted to associate. She joined KSA in 2005 with nearly 20 years of industry experience. Melissa Moseley, a KSA design team leader, is promoted to associate. Her work at KSA has received recognition by the Virginia chapter of ASID and the Virginia/West Virginia chapter of IIDA. Sara Lasseter, a KSA design team leader, is promoted to associate. She has over 12 years’ experience with KSA and has a diversified background in design specializing in higher education and environmental graphic design.
Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has completed two deals totaling 32,158 square feet of office space in the newly named Lakeview Center in Innsbrook, 4800 Cox Rd. Major capital improvements are already underway on this lakefront four-story 63,000 square foot building, formerly the headquarters location for Owens & Minor. Wine wholesaler and importer, The Country Vintner, Inc., has leased 17,866 square feet for its company headquarters. Free Agents Marketing, LLC has taken the entire first floor (14,292 square feet) for the relocation of their marketing, public relations and advertising agency.
Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of 74.76 acres of land situated along W. Broad Street in Henrico. Markel|Eagle Advisors, LLC purchased the Nuckols Farm land assemblage from Oscar N. Nuckols Family Trust (68.91 acres) and Sheila and Hugh A. Worcester (5.85 acres) for a total of $8.5 million. Located near Route 288 at the intersection of W. Broad Street and the new Gayton Road extension, this assemblage represents one of the few remaining available large block sites in Henrico County along W. Broad Street. Markel|Eagle plans on rezoning this new 75-acre site to a mixed use development to include office, medical, retail and residential housing.
Patricia Green has been promoted to the position of executive director for the John Rolfe Family YMCA. She previously served as operations director since 2010. In her new role, Green will be responsible for providing strong leadership in board development and fiscal integrity to the John Rolfe branch, as well as increasing community awareness through program delivery, fundraising efforts and services offered.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Charter One Mortgage – renewed its lease of 117,142 square feet in One Colonial Place at 10561 Telegraph Rd.; Presidio – leased 3,391 square feet in the Hillcrest Building at 1801 Bayberry Ct.; Velocitel – renewed its lease of 2,518 square feet in the Park III Building at 4164 Park Place Ct.; Crestwood Associates, LLC – leased 2,500 square feet at 6010 N. Crestwood Ave.; and Supercuts – renewed its lease of 1,540 square feet in Colonnades West Shopping Center at 10901-10973 W. Broad St.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?
Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.
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