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.

Metro Diner to open first Virginia location in Short Pump

Metro Diner, a restaurant chain known for serving “comfort food with flair,” is opening a location in Henrico.

The restaurant will be situated in a 3,500-square-foot space at Short Pump Shoppes, 11525 West Broad Street.

Metro Diner is based in Jacksonville, Fla., and the new Henrico location will be its only Virginia restaurant. The company operates 12 restaurants in its home state and one in Indiana, with several other locations to open soon there, in Georgia and in Pennsylvania.

UFC Gym to open in West End

UFC Gym, a fitness franchise that emphasizes training “like a fighter,” is opening a location in Henrico.

The gym will occupy 11,455 square feet in Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 West Broad Street.

UFC Gym, created as a result of the specialized routines of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), is designed for members to participate in similar rigorous workouts. The gyms include punching bags, free weights and an Octagon (the ring in which UFC fighters compete).

Business in brief

David Posner, president of Royal Productions, has announced the sale of three Richmond-area home shows – the Richmond Home Show (October 8-9, RIR Complex), the Virginia Home Show (January 28-29, 2017, Meadow Event Park), and the Richmond Home & Garden Show (March 3-5, 2017, RIR Complex) – to Marketplace Events, LLC effective immediately. Royal Productions has purchased the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show which was held recently at the Richmond Raceway Complex and also produces the Greater Philadelphia Boat Show.

HBL to supply students with classroom essentials

The Henrico Business Leaders organization is conducting its annual school supply drive to benefit its partner school of the last three years, Hermitage High School.

HBL members are collecting pens, pencils, highlighters, index cards and other typical classroom materials for students who cannot afford to buy their own items, so that those students will be properly equipped when the school year begins next month.

The drive is taking place through the end of August, and supplies will be distributed to Hermitage Aug. 22.

Business in brief

Insurance producers reveal their top carrier choices and Glen Allen based Markel Insurance has been given a five-star rating for its excellent service. Insurance Business America surveyed hundreds of producers last month to determine which aspects of carrier performance are most important to them. These ranged from competitive rates to technology and automation capabilities, claims processing efficiency, and more. The producers were then asked to rate their primary carrier’s performance across 10 criteria. Out of the hundreds of responses, only 18 carriers scored a 5 or higher rating in at least one category. These companies were awarded five-star ratings and featured in the latest issue of Insurance Business America. Of the 18 carriers that made this year’s list, Markel Insurance received five-star marks in five out of the 10 categories, specifically: Carrier reputation and financial stability; competitive rates; underwriting expertise; technology and automation capabilities; and range of products.

Wegmans opens in Short Pump

Wegmans employees prepped last week for the Aug. 7 grand opening of the chain's new Short Pump store. The new location, in the West Broad Marketplace west of Short Pump Town Center just off West Broad Street, employs about 550 people, most of whom were hired locally. It is the second Wegmans to open in the Richmond region, joining the Midlothian store, which opened in the spring.

Business in brief

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: Metro Diner – leased 3,500 SF at Short Pump Shoppes at 11525 W. Broad St.; UFC Gym – leased 11,455 SF at Merchants Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 W. Broad St.; Marcellus Wright Cox Architects, P.C. – renewed its lease of 3,000 SF in Shrader Commons at 7818 Shrader Rd.; and Johnson, Gasink & Baxter – leased 1,687 SF in Westerre Commons Condos at 3741-B Westerre Pkwy.

Glen Allen man participates in benefit golf tournament

Glen Allen resident Keith News played in Bob’s Discount Furniture’s 29th annual golf outing July 19 at the Tunxis Plantation Country Club, helping the company raise more than $600,000 to benefit children's charities, including the Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, Family & Children’s Aid, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Camp Rising Sun, a camp for children who have been diagnosed with cancer.

News was one of 450 participants who took part in the annual outing, followed by an evening at The Farmington Club featuring live and silent auctions, dinner, and an awards ceremony.

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