West Broad Marketplace continues opening tenants into Q4 of 2016

Holiday shopping options in Short Pump will be twice as nice this year with T.J.Maxx now open and seven new retailers in various stages of construction in West Broad Marketplace in the 4th quarter of 2016. Newly signed retailers include b.good, Essex Bank, Hair Cuttery, Rack Room Shoes, Escape Nails and Spa, Mattress Firm, and Verizon Wireless.

The openings of these retailers will closely follow the Wegmans’ opening which occurred in August.

Purveyor of healthy fast food, b.good, has chosen West Broad Marketplace to open its 39th restaurant and continue its growth from where it was founded in Boston. The restaurant will serve locally harvested kale and grain bowls, seasonal salads, burgers and sandwiches, along with smoothies and shakes.

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HCA Virginia has announced that Crystal Farmer will serve as chief nursing officer for Parham Doctors’ Hospital. Farmer previously served as the CNO of Retreat Doctors’ Hospital where she led the hospital to a top ranking in HCA patient satisfaction scores for the last three quarters. Prior to her role as CNO, she was the director of medical surgical services at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. In addition, Farmer has more than 19 years of experience in various nursing leadership roles as a registered nurse at Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals, managing, coordinating, and overseeing the clinical operations of several department and units throughout the hospital. Farmer received her bachelor of science in nursing and master of science in nursing from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing. She is a member of various committees and organizations that include American Organization of Nurse Executives, Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Virginia Nurses Association.

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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: LCA Vision, Inc. – renewed its lease of 3,740 SF in One Colonial Place at 10571 Telegraph Rd.; Natalie’s Taste of Lebanon – leased 3,417 SF in The Shoppes at Twin Oaks at 3601 Cox Rd.; Freshii – leased 2,436 SF in Willow Lawn Plaza at 1700 Willow Lawn Dr.; Yummy Chinese Restaurant – renewed its lease of 1,943 SF in Newbridge Square Shopping Center at 6023 Nine Mile Rd.; Lakeside Bedding – leased 1,874 SF at 5412 Lakeside Ave.; and Truck World RVA Inc. – leased 1,344 SF at 7212 W. Broad St.

Polykon breaks ground on $60M Henrico manufacturing facility

Polykon Manufacturing, LLC – a joint venture between international firms Seppic, Inc., and Schülke, Inc. – broke ground Oct. 12 on a new $60 million manufacturing facility in Henrico County's White Oak Technology Park. The 55,000-square-foot facility is expected to bring approximately 50 new jobs to the area. Construction is slated to be complete in mid 2018.

Seppic and Schülke are entities of Air Liquide Healthcare, an international company.

Polykon will manufacture ingredients for the cosmetics and pharmaceuticals industries at the new facility.

Bon Secours, Short Pump Town Center to host ‘Pink for a Purpose’ Oct. 13

Bon Secours Cancer Institute and Short Pump Town Center are joining forces Thursday, Oct. 13 to support women’s health – specifically breast cancer awareness – through their annual "Pink for a Purpose" event at the mall. The event will feature wine tastings, appetizers and retail "therapy" from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Main Plaza of Short Pump Town Center, 11800 West Broad Street. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink.

Health experts Dr. Misti Wilson and Dr. William Irvin, Jr. will speak. Attendees also will have the chance win giveaways, prize raffles (including a $500 Short Pump gift card, discounts from participating retailers and appetizers and wine tastings at eight Short Pump Town Center restaurants).

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Saxon Shoes has partnered with seven community non-profits to help bring awareness to their causes and financial support to their programs. Saxon has launched “Dollar a Pair” – a new community initiative to run through the month of October. For every pair of shoes purchased, Saxon will donate one dollar to a local charity of the customer’s choice. In Richmond the community partners are Feedmore, Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, Massey Cancer Center and St. Joseph’s Villa. In Fredericksburg customers can choose from Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation, Loisann’s Hope House, or Mary Washington Healthcare Hospice. Saxon will also feature a display for each local charity in both stores to share information about each charity’s mission and work.

First Tennessee Bank awards $55k in grants

First Tennessee Bank recently awarded 20 grants totaling $55,725 to Richmond-area nonprofits as part of its first FTB Gives series of grants awarded in the region. FTB arrived in the local market in 2008, and its local headquarters are at Reynolds Crossing in Henrico's Near West End.

The donations include a $10,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity and $5,000 grants each to the Better Housing Coalition and HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc.).

The remaining grants were awarded to the following nonprofits:

• Arts & Culture – Art 180, Richmond Ballet, Richmond Symphony, The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen;

Modine Innovation Tour to visit Glen Allen Oct. 7-8

Modine Manufacturing Company, a leader in technology in the HVAC industry, will bring its Modine Innovation Tour to The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen Oct. 6-7 to showcase the latest products in the industry and offer continuing education courses.

The event will be held Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Richmond has had a lot of economic growth across a broad spectrum of industries,” said Kimberly Raduenz, marketing communications manager for Modine. “The entire region is benefiting from it, and we want to make sure that our distributors are able to take full advantage of the new technology we have to ensure their clients have the best possible HVAC solutions.”

Nominees sought for ChamberRVA’s Innovation Award

ChamberRVA is accepting nominations for its annual "Innovation Award," which it presents to an organization that has been in business 2-5 years in the Richmond region and has demonstrated "out of the box" thinking and a creative approach to any and all aspects of its business.

This year, the chamber is emphasizing three industry sectors organically emerging in RVA: technology, health and industrial (manufacturing and distribution). It is seeking the most innovative new business in one of those three sectors.

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