• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

Armada Hoffler to build new Williamsburg shopping center

Armada Hoffler Properties  announced their newest project in its next generation development pipeline. The Company will develop a grocery-anchored shopping center in Williamsburg, Virginia as part of a joint venture partnership in which the Company is the majority partner.

Armada Hoffler Properties  announced their newest project in its next generation development pipeline. The Company will develop a grocery-anchored shopping center in Williamsburg, Virginia as part of a joint venture partnership in which the Company is the majority partner.This multi-phased project is a redevelopment of the Williamsburg Outlet Mall with the completion of phase one, consisting of approximately 88,000 square feet, expected in early 2016. The Company has signed a 20-year lease for approximately 53,000 square feet with Harris Teeter, which will anchor an additional 35,000 square feet of shops and restaurants. The Company expects to begin construction on phase one in the third quarter of 2014. Phase two represents an opportunity to develop another 42,000 square feet in the future.

The building behind the existing McDonalds is intended to be primarily retail space. The pharmacy, which is set to be a Walgreens, will be the larger building off of Route 60/Richmond Rd and the building next to it is likely to become a restaurant.  The two buildings backing to Centerville Rd are meant to be mixed use – retail and office space. In the center of the proposed development is a planned Marketplace Green, which would be a 0.4-acre open space with walkways, a decorative paved area for cars to cross, and a shelter or gazebo for the WATA bus stop.

This new shopping center will add numerous shops to the Richmond Rd corridor near Centerville Rd a boon to homeowners of nearby Colonial Heritage a 55+ community .

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Walmart Neighborhood Market opens next Wed in Williamsburg

Walmart will open Williamsburg’s first Walmart Neighborhood Market on Wednesday, Sept 28, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:00 a.m.

The new store, approximately one-third the size of a Walmart Supercenter, is located at the corner of Monticello Ave and Casey Blvd in Settlers Market.

Smaller Store, More Convenience
The Walmart Neighborhood Market format offers quick and convenient shopping, with a full grocery department, including organic and natural selections. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are more than 250 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores nationwide. The store will feature prepared food options, fresh-baked breads, a self-serve deli and a bakery. The full-service pharmacy will offer a full range of products and services.

It will be open 6 a.m.-11 p.m., seven days a week.

The store will also feature financial services and Walmart Site-to-Store, which allows customers to order merchandise online at Walmart.com and have it shipped to the store for pickup.

The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of $4,000 in grants from Walmart to local community groups. Grant recipients include the Williamsburg Police Department, Williamsburg Fire Department, Williamsburg Kiwanis Club and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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  • New Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 12840 Beach Blvd. in Stanton
  • About 65 jobs at the Stanton Walmart Neighborhood Market
  • Store open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

New Store, New Jobs
The Stanton Neighborhood Market employs about 65 full- and part-time associates. More than 2,000 applicants submitted interest in working at the new store. Store manager Nelisa Blackwell began her Walmart career in 2000 as an overnight stocker in Orange, California. She was promoted to an assistant and shift manager, before becoming a store manager last year in Anaheim.

"I am proud to be a part of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in the City of Stanton," said Blackwell. "It gives me great pleasure to be able to offer fresh and affordable products to my local community. I hope everyone comes out on grand opening day to see all the great things we have."

Smaller Store, More Convenience
The Walmart Neighborhood Market format offers quick and convenient shopping, with a full grocery department, including organic and natural selections. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are more than 250 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores nationwide, including about 30 in California. The store will feature prepared food options, fresh-baked breads, a self-serve deli and a bakery. The full-service pharmacy will offer a full range of products and services. Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and customers can ask about health and wellness solutions.

The store will fill a vacant retail space, helping revitalize the shopping center. The new store will also include energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy, water consumption and minimize waste. All internally illuminated exterior building signage will use light emitting diodes (LEDs). Highly efficient and low-flow toilets and faucets will reduce the water used in the restrooms. The store will also operate recycling programs and promote sustainable product purchases.

"I am excited to see this new store open," said Connie Pedenko, President and CEO of the West Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce. "In addition to creating 65 new jobs, having a Walmart here will help re-energize this shopping center and bring more customers to surrounding businesses, ultimately strengthening our local economy."

Community Giving
Walmart supports local charitable causes that are important to the communities it serves. In the last fiscal year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation donated $1.7 million to organizations that serve the residents of Orange County.

"We are pleased to welcome the Walmart Neighborhood Market to Stanton," said Stanton Mayor David J. Shawver. "In the past few months, the store and its associates have already begun being involved in the community, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Walmart in the future."

The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of $7,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups. Grant recipients include Stanton Boys and Girls Club, Stanton Community Foundation, Stanton Police Department and Vietnamese Community of Orange County.

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Stanton community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, August 31. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Blackwell and enjoy fun family activities, and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join the Conversation
Walmart invites Stanton shoppers to share their in-store experience on Facebook. Visit the My Local Walmart Facebook page athttp://www.facebook.com/walmart4134. Fans of the local page can receive information about rollbacks, in-store events, meal solutions and more.

Kroger and Harris Teeter Announce Merger Agreement

The largest grocery store chain in the US is getting  bigger.

Kroger Co. said today it is buying Harris Teeter Supermarkets in a deal valued at  $2.4 billion .

The deal will be the fourth-largest acquisition of a North American food retailer the past decade. It also would be Kroger’s biggest takeover since 1998, when it bought Fred Meyer for more than $12 billion, according to financial media giant Bloomberg.

Kroger has seven supermarkets in Hampton Roads and is scheduled to open the region’s first Kroger Marketplace – a larger format that sells furniture and jewelry in addition to groceries – later this month in Virginia Beach. It plans to expand that concept to two more locations in Portsmouth and Suffolk.

Harris Teeter, based in Matthews, N.C., has 15 stores in Hampton Roads and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

After the deal closes, Harris Teeter will continue to operate its stores as a subsidiary of Kroger, which will then have 9% market share nationwide.

The proposed merger of The Kroger Co. and Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. would make Hampton Roads one of a handful of markets where the two grocers overlap – in some cases with stores right next to each other.

That could force the combined company to close or sell at least a few local stores.

"We look forward to bringing together the best of Kroger and Harris Teeter while continuing to operate and grow the Harris Teeter brands," Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s chief financial officer, said during a Tuesday conference call with analysts.

Kroger has no plans to close stores and intends to keep the Harris Teeter name, Schlotman said. The chains have "minor overlap" in Hampton Roads, Charlottesville and in the Raleigh, N.C., and Nashville, Tenn., areas, he said. "We’re making plans for how we’ll operate in each of these markets in the long term."

The deal requires approval from the Federal Trade Commission, which could require the company to sell off some locations where the combined retailers would wield too much market control. That’s likely to happen in Hampton Roads because of the amount of overlap, said Jeff Metzger, publisher of Food World, a supermarket industry publication based in Columbia, Md.

Metzger said he also expects Kroger to eventually choose one of the two names under which to operate all of its stores in this region.

Wal Mart Neighborhood Market in Williamsburg Now Hiring

Are you searching for a job? There are 95 new positions opening up in Williamsburg, VA this fall.

The new Walmart Neighborhood Market is scheduled to open at Settlers Market near New Town and they are hiring both full-time and part-time employees.

If you’re interested, applications are being accepted from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.

If hired, get ready to start working in July to help with the store’s grand opening.

If you want to apply click here or visit the hiring center at 731 E. Rochambeau Drive.

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Relay Foods launching prepared foods

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Charlottesville-based Relay Foods, a startup built on bringing groceries to its customers’ doors, has leased a restaurant space in Richmond VA to launch a line of prepared meals available for delivery.

The 4,500-square-foot space at 1717 E. Franklin St. in Shockoe Bottom “will allow us to use the foods that we do buy from partners and introduce them in more consumable ways,” said Kevin Kurzendoefer, Relay’s senior vice president of operations.

Relay hired chef Ernie LaBrecque and a sous-chef to develop a full menu, Kurzendoefer said. He would not share any menu or pricing details.

The meals will be available through online orders to start, but Kurzendoefer said the company might consider a takeout business in the future.

More of the story here

Relay Foods starts grocery delivery to Williamsburg VA tomorrow.

Place your orders now !

Relay Foods, an online market for sustainable food and everyday groceries, today announced that the company is expanding its service to Williamsburg starting May 3, 2013. Customers looking for a convenient, sustainable way to shop for local foods and grocery staples, including Whole Foods Market items, can now order products online and pick them up in the New Town area in Williamsburg between 4 PM and 6:30 PM on Tuesdays at Legacy Hall or Fridays at Civic Green.

"Relay Foods partners with local farmers and producers as well as grocery stores like Whole Foods Market and other shops to bring customers the best artisan-crafted food and grocery staples available," said Relay Foods founder and CEO Zach Buckner. "We handle the logistics so customers have more time to enjoy with family and friends. We’re incredibly excited about expanding our service to the Williamsburg area."

Shopping at Relay Foods is simple: Customers visit the company’s online market at RelayFoods.com to place an order, filling their cart with items from the comprehensive selection of products available from local farms, artisan producers and grocery stores. The Relay Foods team hand-picks orders, ensuring customers get local produce picked fresh from the field and bakery goods straight from the oven as well as all the grocery items they would pick up in a brick-and-mortar grocery store. Customers then pick up orders from a convenient central location. As long as orders are in before midnight on the day prior to a scheduled delivery, they will be ready for pick up in less than 24 hours, saving customers the time and hassle involved in shopping.

To kick off the new Williamsburg service, Relay Foods is offering specials exclusively for Williamsburg customers each week in May. From May 3 to May 10, customers will receive a free Bounty Basket of produce (organic or conventional) with each $50 purchase. During the second week (May 13-17), customers receive two free Relay Pizzas with a purchase of $75 or more. In week three (May 20-24), Relay Foods is giving away a Tasting Box with each $75 purchase, and in the final week (May 27-31), customers who make a $50 or more purchase will receive a Cava Mezze Party Pack at no charge.

Relay Foods got its start in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the company is headquartered. In addition to the new Williamsburg service, Relay Foods now operates in Richmond, VA and the metro Baltimore andWashington, DC areas. The company’s goal is to change the way people approach eating by offering a time-saving way to access sustainable foods and obtain grocery staples. To find out more about Relay Foods, check out the company’s video on YouTube or visit www.relayfoods.com.

Relay Foods expanding its market to Williamsburg VA

Online grocer Relay Foods who just raised $8.25 million through a common stock sale will soon be operating pickup sites twice a week in Williamsburg, VA!

Relay Foods is thankful to have the opportunity to provide Williamsburg with a convenient and sustainable way to shop for your grocery staples, healthy, and local food, Relay Foods provides an online marketplace for your all of your grocery needs.

Relay collaborates with local farms, artisan food makers, and great brands to give you simple access to the best local edibles and everyday staples all in one place. We’re simplifying the sometimes overwhelming options, doing the legwork for you, and just giving you our best.

Online grocer Relay Foods who just raised $8.25 million through a common stock sale will soon be operating pickup sites twice a week in Williamsburg, VA!

They partner with local farmers and vendors, as well as several different grocery stores including Whole Foods and distribute  grocery orders through pickup sites.
Starting Thursday May 3,2013 in Williamsburg VA

Order your groceries by 11:59pm the day before your order is scheduled to be picked up in Williamsburg, and your groceries will be ready for you to pick up between the hours of 4:00pm-7:00pm.

Two pick up days and sites are set for New Town:
Tuesdays  at Legacy Hall
Fridays at Civic Green

As part of their launch, amazing deals are offered  each week in May, starting on May 3rd, our first official day in Williamsburg.
Week 1 (May 3 – May 10) Free Bounty basket (organic and/or conventional) with $50.00 purchase
Week 2 (May 13 – May 17) 2 Relay Pizzas with $75.00 purchase
Week 3 (May 20 – May 24) Tasting Box with $75.00 purchase
Week 4 (May 27 – May 31) Cava Mezze Party Pack with $75.00 purchase.

The launch party is May 3 at New town – more info at Relay Foods Williamsburg Launch Celebration – May 2013

Learn more about them here

The Charlottesville-based company offers a selection of local foods and national brands from a range of producers. Relay also serves Richmond, Charlottesville, NoVA, Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Whole Foods coming to Newport News VA

Whole Foods has announced it will open a store in Newport News, Virginia.

According to Whole Foods media spokesperson Defausha Hampton, Whole Foods Market appreciates the interest and excitement that its current and potential customers have in its plans to open a store in Newport News,Virginia. She says Whole Foods will announce any news as soon as it can.

Whole Foods Market Regional President, Scott Allshouse,says,“We are excited to announce one of our newest locations in Newport News,Virginia. Only 35 miles from the Virginia Beach store,we are excited to continue expanding and opening our doors in an area that has welcomed and allowed us to become part of the community. We can assure the residents will also have a customized store designed with them in mind and we will create a unique and convenient shopping experience complete with the highest quality products,services and amenities

A spokesperson confirmed  that the new store will be located at Oyster Point Road and Jefferson Avenue near Costco.

Wal Mart breaking ground soon for Neighborhood Market in New Town/ Settlers Market

Wal-Mart is nearly ready to break ground on its Neighborhood Market off Monticello Avenue.

"We don’t have a certain grand opening date yet," said spokesman William Wertz. "We hope to start construction shortly after the new year. We’re going through the final phases of getting all the permits in order."

The new 41,785-square-foot grocery store will be the latest addition at Settler’s Market, which has restarted construction after building ceased and the site was auctioned a few years ago.

Wal-Mart dodged those troubles. It bought the eight-acre property at the corner of Monticello and Route 199 for $6 million in 2008, separately from Settler’s Market, and has been quietly sitting on its plans. This year, the company received approvals from New Town’s Design Review Board and the county’s Planning Commission Design Review Committee to move ahead.

Unlike the  Wal-Mart’s, this store is mostly a grocery and will not carry clothing. Along with regular produce, it will carry locally grown produce as well as having a deli and a bakery

More of the story here in the VA Gazette

Read more about New Town here

Location map for Wal Mart Neighborhood Market in New Town

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Kroger shoppers soon to enjoy Ukrop’s rolls and more

Starting next month, Ukrop’s popular White House Rolls will be available in about 1,100 Kroger stores in  20 states.

Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods will also begin selling about 50 food items, including some of its sandwiches, green salads and chilled prepared foods at Kroger stores in the Louisville, Ky., market next week.

imageThe deal with Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer, is a big step for the Ukrop family business as it continues its evolution from being a traditional grocer to a food manufacturer after selling it’s 25 Ukrop’s Super Markets locations to Martin’s Food Markets in 2010.

The expansion puts the White House Rolls in a total of about 29 states in stores that include Kroger, Martin’s Food Markets, The Fresh Market and Giant Eagle.

In Kroger stores the rolls and fresh food products will be sold under the Good Meadow Homemades brand.

Ukrops  had a long history of selling prepared foods and baked goods that it made for its own stores. Prepared foods had accounted for 12 percent of the grocery chain’s revenue prior to it’s sale to Martins.

Beginning in 1989, Ukrop’s chilled prepared foods quickly became customer favorites; and over the course of two decades, a menu of 150 items was created centrally at Ukrop’s Kitchen.  Ukrop’s Breast of Chicken Salad, Triple Cheese Macaroni and Cheese, and Old Fashioned Potato Salad are among the tops that we still make today.

In 2010, Ukrop’s Super Markets sold its grocery stores after being in the retail food business for more than 72 years.  At the same time, members of the Ukrop family launched a new company, Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, to continue the tradition of producing the fresh and delicious foods that have become staples in homes throughout Richmond and beyond.

“because we’re always listening to our customers, we knew that bringing some of those favorite products back to the table, under the Good Meadows and Mrs. Marshall’s name, would be well-received by our customers — here in the Richmond market and elsewhere,” said Carl York, spokesman for Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic region.

Read more about grocery shopping options in Williamsburg VA here

Food Lion Closing Some Bottom Dollar Stores And Converting Others and Blooms to Food Lion Brand

Company Plans to Close 126 Stores; Retire Bloom Banner, 5000 to lose jobs.

Delhaize America the parent company of Food Lion, Bottom Dollar and Bloom Grocery Stores  has announced plans Company Plans to Close 126 Stores; Retire Bloom Banner , and convert 64 Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food stores  to Food Lion stores.

All affected stores will close within 30 days, and store conversions will begin immediately.

Food Lion’s decision to close more than a 126 stores, including four in Hampton Roads , and eliminate the Bloom brand was not unexpected given the highly competitive nature of the grocery store business.

In Virginia, the chain will close seven Food Lion stores, five Bottom Dollar locations and six Bloom stores.

The closings are expected to happen within 30 days and eliminate about 4,900 employees companywide, though workers can apply for jobs at other stores.

Among the Bottom Dollar  stores closing in Hampton Roads are ones at  6 Elmhurst St and 10143 Jefferson Ave in Newport News, 3935 Twin Pines Rd in Portsmouth and 1505 Lynnhaven Parkway in Va Beach

 Among the Bloom stores being converted in Hampton Roads and Williamsburg area are two in Williamsburg VA on Richmond Rd, and in Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center, one on U.S. 60 in New Kent County , Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Carrollton and  Smithfield all will revert to the Food Lion name.

The Hampton Roads Bottom Dollar Stores being converted to Foods Lions are one in Hampton at Coliseum Crossing ,13917 Jefferson Ave in Newport News, 2401 Colley Ave 1235 N Military Hgwy, 8401 Hampton Blvd and 6203 VA Beach Blvd all in Norfolk VA.

Construction planning is to start  immediately with  conversions  completed by the end of the year.

Industry experts agreed that the chain’s inability to distinguish itself from competitors was most evident with Bloom, which were never quite as upscale as their upscale competitors.

Delhaize stated  that "Today’s actions will continue to solidify our U.S. operations and enable our company to focus on our successful brand strategy repositioning at Food Lion and the expansion of Bottom Dollar Food in new markets," said Ron Hodge, CEO of Delhaize America. "While these were difficult decisions given the impact on our associates, customers and communities, we believe these actions will enable us to better serve our customers in our markets with high density, while positioning the company for future growth.

View a Full List of Store Conversions (PDF)

View a Full List of Store Closings (PDF)

The Fresh Market To Relocate in Williamsburg on July 20th

To serve its longstanding and loyal Williamsburg customers better, The Fresh Market is moving from its current location at 1303 Jamestown Road to a larger space located at 5231 Monticello Avenue across from Settlers Market/ New Town.

fresh market williamsburg vaIn its new location, The Fresh Market will continue to provide customers with extraordinary customer service in a new, more spacious store that will offer an even greater variety of products. At over 22,700 square feet, the store will feature larger grocery aisles and expanded grocery and dairy selections with over 300 new items, European fixtures that frame the meat and seafood counters, enhanced lighting, a deli island with a vast assortment of prepared foods, an increased array of organic items and larger floral, gift and bakery departments. In addition, the expanded grocery selections will include more convenience items, allowing customers to complete their shopping at one store.

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Target To Expand Grocery Selection in Williamsburg

targetWonder why all the construction is going on inside the Target in the Monticello Marketplace shopping center in Williamsburg ?

By spring 2011, you’ll be able to buy apples, cheese and chicken along with cosmetics, prescriptions and pajamas.

Target  has begun rolling out its p-fresh, or prototype-fresh, which include such things as bananas, strawberries and bagged lettuce, as well as ground beef, chicken and pork. Shoppers also can pick up dairy items, frozen foods and convenience items, some of which will bear the chain’s Archer Farms and Market Pantry labels.

There won’t be an in-house bakery or deli, but the renovated stores will carry a small number of baked goods and pre-packed deli items.

The Williamsburg store is undergoing a renovation to become one of the first in the region – along with Targets in Newport News and Chesapeake, VA. – with a P-Fresh.

The new grocery area in the Monticello Marketplace  Target is scheduled to open at the end of March 2011, said  the store’s manager.

Williamsburg grocery shoppers now have a multitude of stores from which to choose. Martin’s in the same shopping center as Target, Trader Joes a quarter mile away, Fresh Market will soon be opening its new store across from Trader Joes, Farm Fresh has three stores in the area. Harris Teeter opened near Kingsmill this past year. Bloom and Food Lion have three locations. If that’s not enough ,Wal Mart still owns land in New Town where they were intending to build  a “Neighborhood Market” Those plans are on hold at present.

What about you ? Where do you like to shop for groceries in Williamsburg VA ?

Feel free to share your thoughts below…

Williamsburg Ukrops to close April 3 for remodel

On Saturday, April 3, Ukrop’s shoppers who shop in Williamsburg, will say goodbye to their grocery store as they begin the transition to Martin’s Food Markets.

Over six weeks, Martin’s Food Markets, which bought 25 stores from Ukrop’s Super Markets Inc. on Feb. 8 for $140 million, will close the stores in batches of four or five for weeklong, multimillion-dollar renovations.

When work on the final four stores is completed there won’t be a Ukrop’s grocery store in Virginia for the first time in more than 70 years.

The goal is to remodel the stores with as little disruption to shoppers as possible.

The stores’ pharmacies and Union First Market Bank branches will remain open during the renovations.

Stores will be closed for a week,so construction workers and employees can take their time to paint, clean and make other interior changes.

When the stores reopen, they will sell beer and wine as well as be open Sundays — significant changes from Ukrop’s practices.

Ukrops / Martins makes Girl Scouts Cry !

martins-food Ukrop’s new owner, Martin’s Food Markets, is making little girls cry by calling an end to the long-running tradition of allowing Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of the grocery chain’s 25 locations.

In a statement issued to the Girl Scout Commonwealth Council of Virginia, Giant chalked the change up to long-standing corporate policy.

A notice on the state Girl Scout Web site, reads. “As we make the transition to new ownership, Giant/Martin’s new sidewalk policy does not make provisions for sidewalk vending at any of their stores.”

 

 

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  • A new place to buy beer and Wine on Sundays in Richmond & Williamsburg VA

    ukropswilliamsburgva The 25 Ukrop’s stores acquired by Dutch supermarket giant Ahold will change their name to Martin’s this spring.

    In addition to the name change, the stores will open on Sunday and sell beer and wine.

    The changes were contained in a news release announcing the completion of the sale of Richmond-based Ukrop’s Super Markets Inc.to Ahold’s Pennsylvania-based Giant-Carlisle division.

    Ahold announced that the sale in December. The Ukrop’s family started the grocery chain in 1937 and built it into the dominant grocery retailer in the Richmond area. The stores put a high emphasis on customer service but did not open on Sundays or sell beer and wine.

    Ahold said the Ukrops family would continue to supply kitchen and bakery goods to the stores. Also, the stores will continue providing courtesy clerks who will take customers’ groceries to their cars.

    The Giant-Carlisle division had nine Martin’s stores in Virginia before the Ukrop’s acquisition..

    Will Ukrops / Martins sell houses ?

    Ahold the Dutch company that purchased Ukrops recently has announced  that  Stop & Shop ( their grocery chain in the northeast)  customers will soon be able to buy or sell a home in its stores.
    The retailer has entered a five year deal with a Re/Max brokerage to open real estate offices in 15 of its Massachusetts supermarkets. "It’s something innovative that we thought we’d try and we’ll see how it plays out," said Faith Weiner, a Stop & Shop spokeswoman. "We’re optimistic that customers will appreciate it."
    Is Ukrops/ Martins next for this concept ?

    Lets see eggs- check, milk-check, house –check…

    Would you buy a house in a grocery store ?

    Would you stop and look at a kiosk to view what homes are for sale or what has sold recently ?

    Feel free to comment below !

    449 This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.

    Breaking News Ahold’s Giant Carlisle to acquire Ukrops Supermarkets

    Ahold 4:15pm 12/17/2009

    The Ukrop’s grocery chain — so very Richmond and known for its family values and small-town customer service — will now be part of a worldwide conglomerate.

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    Ukrops post loss

    Amid a recession and with several new competitors battling for customers, Richmond’s homespun grocer appears to be having trouble staying profitable.

    The grocer lost $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2009, according to a filing with the Office of Thrift Supervision. (You can see it here.) Ukrop’s and the Markel Corp. have to file financials with the OTS because the two companies own First Market Bank.

    Read the rest of the story here

    Ukrops, Farm Fresh, Bloom Look Out

    Dropped by the New Harris Teeter at Quarterpath Shopping center on Wed. ( Along with half of Williamsburg it seemed ! ) The parking lots was filled to capacity.

    It reminds me of an enlarged Ukrops.  The sale prices seemed on par with other sale prices. Salad Bar was $5.99 ( Ouch) Everything looked great and vast assortments of everything. Sorry for the poor picture quality but I only had my phone with me.

    Time will tell if it stays popular. I would say that the Farm Fresh , Bloom , and Ukrops will definitely see a migration of customers. Especially from the folks on the east side of town ! Other stores at Quarterpath will open soon. Subway, Chinese Restaurant,etc. Wachovia and Towne Bank are already open.

    Click here to see a current sales flier for you to compare prices.

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    Businesses are opening at Quarterpath Crossing Shopping Center

    townebank williamsburg vaWachovia bank was first , now its Towne Banks turn.

    TowneBank  has opened its third Williamsburg banking center at the new Quarterpath Crossing Shopping Center at the intersection of Route 199 and Quarterpath Road. 
    The Kingsmill branch is the company’s 17th banking office.

    H.E.A. Living   No. 1 Chinese , Lee Spa Nails  Swan Cleaners  and Kyrie Designs Apparel have all signed leases and should be opening soon,

    The Sub sandwich market is expanding in Williamsburg . Subway is opening two stores in the near future. This one at Quarterpath Crossing as well as the recently announced one at High Street . Next to open will be the area’s first Harris Teeter grocery ( now open)  which is slated to open at the beginning of November.

    Road development has begun for the adjacent  Quarterpath at Williamsburg mixed use project owned by Riverside Health System. Riverside’ s plans include Williamsburg Doctor’ s Hospital, an age restricted residential community with 300 homes, a 120 bed nursing home with a related 60 units of assisted living, and 97 acres to be developed into residential communities with 95 single family homes, 95 townhouses, and 465 condominium units.

    Read more about Quarterpath in Williamsburg here

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    twitter-follow-me- This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf.  John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market.  His websites, www.WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and   www.MrWilliamsburg.com, were created as a comprehensive resource about living in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, with the hopes of selling a house now and again.  You can reach him at 757.254.8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com.

    Ukrops closing it’s Roanoke VA Store

    Ukrop’s Super Market has announced what some in the Roanoke VA community have anticipated for the past year.

    After closing one of it’s two Williamsburg VA stores in February of this year Ukrop’s Super Markets  the Richmond-based chain will close its Roanoke store Oct. 24, 2009 more than two years after it came to the city with a rock star-like debut.

    The announcement comes  after numerous announcements from  Ukrop’s President Robert S. Ukrop that the chain’s Roanoke store is underperforming. That store, which opened last year, had not caught on with Roanoke shoppers.

    With an underground parking garage, specialty foods and an in-store cafe, Ukrop’s rode into Roanoke with a successful track record as a family-owned chain that bases its business on Christian principles, closes its stores Sundays and does not sell alcohol.

    But the grocer’s fanfare in Roanoke was short-lived.

    Ukrop’s executives said in December that sales needed to improve significantly in Roanoke or the store could not survive. Ukrop blamed an undeveloped shopping center surrounding the Roanoke store for troubles drawing customers, along with competition from the area’s long established grocery chains, including Kroger and Food Lion. .

    Two separate supermarket industry publications have reported in the past two months that Ukrop’s is in talks with a buyer, possibly a private equity group, for its entire 28-store chain. Ukrop’s has declined to confirm these reports.

    Harris Teeter out of bidding for Ukrops Grocery

    Ukrop’s is again in the headlines for a possible sale. And like last time, it’s because a grocery industry website ran a blurb about a possible sale

    Harris Teeter is supposedly out of the running to purchase Ukrop’s Super Markets, according to a report published yesterday by Supermarket News, a trade magazine for the food distribution industry. 

    The report states that Harris Teeter was outbid for the Richmond-based grocer by an unnamed private equity group that is now in "exclusive negotiations" to buy Ukrop’s. The report is based on anonymous sources.

    Representatives from both Ukrop’s and Harris Teeter both indicated that they do not comment on rumors or speculation.

    “Although Harris Teeter was considered a good strategic fit for Ukrop’s, deteriorating performance at the latter made valuations difficult, a source said. Delhaize Group ( Food Lion) and Ahold ( Giant ) were also said to be strategic suitors.”

    Question is  Where are the leaks? Or, put another way, who is breaching confidentiality?

    Normally in a situation like this you don’t these types of rumors.

    Typically, an investment bank would take a prospectus to several companies that might be a good fit, including other grocery stores and private equity groups that buy those sorts of retailers. They would not promote the fact that the company is for sale and circulate a prospectus.

    And normally deals of this sort for a private company stay private until the companies involved issue a news release. The investment banks that help companies buy and sell one another have their reputation at stake, so it’s unlikely they’ve leaked the news.

    No information has been discovered on which investment bank is working for Ukrop’s, or if the company has hired one.

    ukropswilliamsburgva Ukrop’s has 28 stores in Virginia, including one in Williamsburg VA . The grocer also for now owns about half of First Market Bank, but that’s being sold to Bowling Green-based Union Bankshares Corp. in a deal expected to close this fall.

    Harris Teeter, a North Carolina-based grocer that is expanding in Northern Virginia, has announced plans to build a 500,000-square-foot distribution warehouse in King George County’s industrial park. The grocer signed an agreement with the county in January and was given three months to do a feasibility study. The company still hasn’t closed on the property and recently got its fourth extension.

    Ruddick Corp., which is Harris Teeter’s parent company, recently indicated in a quarterly earnings report that the company is still studying alternatives to the site, and if it goes forward the timeline will be delayed beyond the originally stated 2012 completion.

    Is Ukrops Up For Sale ?

     ukropswilliamsburgva During the past week, rumors have been circulating that Ukrop’s Super Markets was considering a deal to sell its 28 stores to another retail-grocery chain. This afternoon, there appears to be some more weight to the rumors as Food World, a Maryland-based grocery-industry publication, reports that Ukrop’s has issued a prospectus, opening itself up to potential buyers.

    In  a note released yesterday to employees, Bobby Ukrop wrote that, “There has been a lot of speculation in the last few days about the future of Ukrop’s. All of this is based on rumors, anonymous blog postings, and industry chatter. Anything I say at this point would just add fuel to the fire. For example, I could say that, yes, other companies are interested in buying Ukrop’s. But the truth is that there have always been companies interested in buying us, so there’s nothing new here.” You can read the full note

    Over the past decade no area of the Mid-Atlantic region has changed more than the Richmond market. Not only has Kroger entered to become a formidable competitor, Wal-Mart’s 10 area units are all SuperCenters, Food Lion dots the landscape with 52 stores and newer entries such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and The Fresh Market have all added to the overstoring of the Richmond VA area.
    Now it appears that Richmond’s oldest and most distinguished retail organization, Ukrop’s Super Markets, may be looking to sell its 28 stores. Officially, the company hasn’t addressed these reports specifically, noting that it stores don’t comment on rumors, but multiple industry sources have confirmed  that a prospectus has been issued detailing vital Ukrop’s store data and seeking interest in a potential sale. Those retailers who have reportedly responded to the prospectus include Supervalu (Ukrop’s principal supplier), Ahold and Harris Teeter . Several sources believed that Harris Teeter remains the frontrunner and that Supervalu (which currently has many issues on its plate) has dropped out the potential acquisition process.
    Of course, there is no guarantee that any bidder would pay the premium price that acquiring Ukrop’s would likely demand. And even if that price were met, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the deal be pulled by the Ukrop family which has a deep emotional attachment to the community and to the company itself. But then again no one thought Anheuser Busch would sell out either.

    While newer competition may have been able to match Ukrop’s beautiful stores and perishables-driven format, a key differential which has also adversely impacted the company is its policy of not opening on Sundays, now the busiest shopping day of the week. Ukrop’s also does not sell beer or wine at its stores. Additionally, two of Ukrop’s newer stores outside the core Richmond market – One in Roanoke and its second unit in Williamsburg – have struggled.

    Ukrop’s now has only one store in greater Williamsburg, at Monticello Marketplace. A second store on Mooretown Road near Home Depot closed in January for lack of customers.

    harris tetter williamsburg quarterpathThe company may determine that now is the optimal time cash in. New entrants to the Richmond and Williamsburg grocery scene, like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Fresh Market are taking some of the high end shoppers. Meanwhile  Kroger, Food Lion and Wal-Mart are siphoning off some of the low-end customers. Ukrop’s will soon have to battle Harris Teeter here in Williamsburg, where Harris Teeter will be opening a new store in November near Kingsmill . There is another Harris Teeter in Charlottesville and more in Northern Virginia. .

    Harris Teeter opening near Kingsmill in Williamsburg, VA

    DSCN2663_edited Quarterpath Crossing Shopping Center off Route 199 is set to open in November of 2009.

    The location is directly across RT 199 from the entrance to Kingsmill.  85,610 square feet of commercial space. It will include two banks, ( Towne Bank and Wachovia ) and  21 small shops .

    According to Harris Teeter this will not be  an" ordinary grocery store," it is what they term a Flagship Plus Store sized at 52,000 + square feet .

    The developer has indicated there has been extreme interest in filling the 21 other storefronts scheduled to open along with Harris Teeter in November.

    Wachovia Bank is already open at Quarterpath.. According to Stephan Gordon, who handles local leasing for the developer, S.L. Nusbaum Inc., TowneBank will open in October. The anchor supermarket Harris Teeter is set to open Nov. 4, 2009. In addition, Subway, No. 1 Chinese Restaurant, Lee Nails, Swan Cleaners and women’s clothing store Kyrie Designs have have leases signed and will ne opening soon.

    The road being built to the site from Route 199 will also support the 385-acre Quarterpath at Williamsburg mixed-use project planned by Riverside Health System. Riverside’s proposal includes Doctor’s Hospital of Williamsburg, a 120-bed nursing home, assisted living, medical office buildings, and residential and commercial space. The developments are expected to provide a comprehensive shopping mecca for local residents.

    Quarterpath Crossing will be the fourth shopping center developed, leased and managed by S. L. Nusbaum Realty Co. in the Williamsburg market.

    Location Map of the new Harris Teeter in Williamsburg, VA

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    Wal Mart Opening in New Town Williamsburg

    The state’s first Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, a grocery concept focused on convenience and low prices, is scheduled to open Wednesday morning on East Little Creek Road in Norfolk, Virginia.

    walmartneighborhoodmarket The 45,000-square-foot store looks like a traditional supermarket – more akin to local rivals Harris Teeter and Farm Fresh than its sister Wal-Mart Supercenter. About one-fifth the size of a Supercenter, the Neighborhood Market abandons the open, brightly lit, warehouse feel and straight aisles of a Supercenter in favor of cozy specialty areas with track lighting and curved walls for produce, meats and deli.

    Jackie Russell, the Norfolk VA Neighborhood Market’s manager, describes these areas as “little shops.” The store’s plentiful and prominent signs show the names of departments against a peaked-roof backdrop.

    “We’re designed to be upscale,” Russell said, with “better presentation” at Wal-Mart’s low prices.

    Walmart_NMK3 The store focuses on fresh goods and gives shoppers the ability to run in and out quicker than giant discount stores might permit. The store has a larger frozen-foods section and pizza ovens to bake slices to go.

    In other ways, it is every bit a Wal-Mart store, though green is the dominant color, rather than the discounter’s well-known blue. Shoppers will find most of the same grocery merchandise they see in a Supercenter, though the Neighborhood Market will have a more limited selection of some items. It might not carry every size box of Cheerios, for example, just the most popular ones.

    In other categories, where a Supercenter offers three price ranges, Neighborhood Market sells the two at the higher end, Russell said. She pointed to the two brands of cold cuts in the deli: Wal-Mart’s Prima Della brand and Sara Lee. “They have the good, better, best,” she said of the Supercenter. “We have the better, best.”

    Walmartmarket The store in Norfolk VA will host an opening ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The store takes the space previously occupied by Winn-Dixie, which closed in 2004.

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to open a Neighborhood Market later this year in Williamsburg in the Settlers Market area of New Town and another in Virginia Beach in 2010. The retailer launched the concept in 1998 with the first store in its hometown of Bentonville, Ark., and now has more than 145 locations, mostly in the South.

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    Ukrops Closing one of it’s Williamsburg VA Stores

    I have to say I always wondered why Ukrop’s opened a second store in Williamsburg. Well everyone one else wondered to. Sad to report that they will close one of their two Williamsburg-area stores next month.

    The last day for the Ukrops Lightfoot store at 6610 Mooretown Road in the Williamsburg Marketcenter  (near Home Depot) will be Jan. 31. It opened in October 2006.

    In a letter sent to shoppers today, Robert S. Ukrop, president and chief executive of the chain, wrote, “We opened the . . . store in anticipation of the significant growth expected along the [Interstate] 64 corridor.” A slowdown in the housing market “suggests that development will be sluggish, at least for the foreseeable future.”

    The grocer is encouraging customers to shop at its other Williamsburg store. at 4660 Monticello Ave.

    After the Williamsburg store closes, Ukrop’s will have 28 stores in Virginia.

    The First Market Bank branch in the closing store will remain open until March 31.

    I wonder how the yet to open Harris Teeter wil fare when it opens near Kingsmill ?

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    Best of Williamsburg VA 2008

    This annual poll in the VA Gazette is eagerly anticipated by all in the area. Do realize there are others that should appear. It is based on votes submitted by readers.

    By Cortney Langley VA Gazette Dec 2008 “If you drive through Toano and smell fried chicken, it’s peanuts cooking,” explained Terri Morgan. She’s director of Retail Sales for Smithfield Specialty Foods Group, owner of The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg.

    The kitchen in Hankins Industrial Park cooks about 2 million pounds of nuts annually for mail orders and the shop on Prince George Street. Gazette readers recognized The Peanut Shop as carrying the best nuts in town.

    “It’s nice,” she said. “In a tough economic environment, it’s rewarding to get the vote from the readers and the sales during Christmas,” she said.
    To earn the best, the shop begins with the best. The kitchen cooks only the meaty Virginia Peanut, grown in North and South Carolina. No puny “runner” peanuts here. The crop is then hand-sorted for the “supers,” the largest 5% of the year’s yield, Morgan said.
    Small batches of these are cooked according to a traditional recipe in pure boiling peanut oil under the supervision of the plant’s roastmaster.
    That’s the key, Morgan said. Other plants dilute peanut oil with other types, she said. “We think our have a stronger, more distinct peanut flavor.” They also maintain the trademark blisters that mark the Southern favorite.
    As a result, where other retailers are struggling, The Peanut Shop has held steady this holiday season. Usually, The Peanut Shop brand makes up about 65% of holiday sales in the store, but it’s up this year to 75%.
    “That tells us how strong the brand is,” Morgan said. Even with shipping, they also make affordable gifts.
    “For less than $20, it’s a great item that you know Dad’s going to love,” she said. And in case Dad diverts from the usual “lightly salted” variety, The Peanut Shop offers a bevy of flavors, including wasabi, hot Southern, crab and spicy New Orleans cajun.
    For those with a sweet tooth, the shop sells chocolate-covered, butter toffee, honey roasted and new this year, praline-glazed peanuts. And of course, peanut brittle, chocolate-covered brittle, clusters and white chocolate cashew toffee.

    With a menu like that, the shop has endeared itself to generations of loyal locals as well as tourists.
    Long-time residents remember when Louise Anderson, then in her 50s, opened the small shop in 1973, cooking half-sized tins of peanuts on site and selling them out of the back door of Ayers Garage. Within a year, she had to hire her first employee.
    In 1986 she retired, selling the shop to Peter Pruden and Dick Fuller, who also owned Smithfield Ham & Products and Williamsburg Foods. At the time, Smithfield Foods was trying to buy up anything with the Smithfield name. Fuller and Pruden sold to the pork giant in 2001. “Most people don’t know that,” Morgan said.
    In December 2006, a fire next door in Baskin-Robbins severely damaged the original store. After an extensive remodel, the shop re-opened in February 2007.
    Meanwhile, the store had diversified. For more than five years, the shop had witnessed double-digit growth. That fueled the opening of the Genuine Smithfield Ham Shoppe of Williamsburg across the street.
    Second to loyalty among long-time customers, Morgan credits the proximity to Colonial Williamsburg and the energy on Prince George Street for the store’s success.
    “I’m so glad we’re on Prince George Street,” she said. “It’s a really healthy business environment. We have great neighbors. They are really kind and aggressive business people.” Whitley’s Peanuts placed second and Virginia Peanuts third in reader results.

    Winners 2008 Best in Williamsburg

    Best Men’s fashion
    1. Belk
    2. L.L. Bean
    3. JCPenney
    Best Peanuts
    1. The Peanut Shop
    2. Whitley’s Peanut Factory
    3. Virginia Peanuts
    Best Heating/AC
    1.Weather Crafters
    2. Williamsburg Heating & Air
    3. Betty’s Plumbing
    Best Japanese/sushi
    1. Kyoto of Williamsburg
    2. Peking
    3. Soya Williamsburg
    Best Crab cakes
    1. The Backfin
    2. Bonefish Grill
    3. Opus 9 Steakhouse
    Best Restaurant (opened in 2008)
    1. Francesco’s
    2.Wok n’ Roll
    3. Scala Pizzaria
    Tastiest pizza in Williamsburg
    1. Buon Amici
    2. New York Deli
    3. Chanello’s
    Best Ice cream
    1. Bruster’s
    2. Cold Stone Creamery
    3. Ben & Jerry’s
    Best Picture framer
    1. Prince George Art&Frame
    2. Williamsburg Pottery
    3.Walls Alive
    Hometown hero
    1. Active military
    2. Lois Hornsby
    3. Veterans

    Best Car dealer
    1. Williamsburg Ford (tie)
    1. Williamsburg Honda (tie)
    2. Patriot Buick
    3. Casey Toyota
    Best Florist
    1. Morrison
    2. Williamsburg Floral & Gifts
    3. Seasons of Williamsburg
    Best Furniture store
    1. Ethan Allen
    2. Carolina Furniture
    3. Willamsburg Furniture
    Best Travel agency
    1. AAA Travel
    2. Travel Corner
    3. Sue Mayberry Travel
    Temp service
    1. Protemps
    2. A Temp
    3. Caliper
    Best Home improvement store
    1. Lowe’s
    2. Home Depot
    3. Ace Hardware
    Best Italian restaurant
    1. Sal’s by Victor
    2. Buon Amici
    3. Maurizio’s
    Best Locally owned gift shop
    1. The Mole Hole
    2. Paisley
    3. Kinks, Quirks & Caffeine
    Best Supermarket in Williamsburg
    1. Ukrop’s
    2. Farm Fresh
    3. Fresh Market
    Best Shopping center/mall
    1. Prime Outlets
    2. New Town
    3. Monticello Marketplace
    Best Veterinarian Williamsburg
    1. Godspeed Animal Care
    2. Colonial Veterinary Clinic
    3. Noah’s Ark Vet Hospital

    New Town Williamsburg VA

    Explore New Town in Williamsburg VA

    What is so special about New Town in Williamsburg VA? Theatres. Great restaurants. Gift shops, bookstores, and healthcare facilities all located within walking distance from your home. A bustling town center, retail stores and office space also serve this community of new homes and businesses.

    New Town embraces the idea of “new urbanism”, where neighborhoods are designed to be diverse, accessible, safe, and self-sustaining. Careful planning and development integrate residential, commercial and green space, enabling residents to live in a pedestrian setting, and live, work and play right within their own community.

    Green parks, trails and open spaces surround the spacious lofts, apartments, and town homes in New Town. Condos are available in New Town both in Bennington and in the newly opened Foundation Square. Prices start in the $200’s and range to over $450k.  Town Homes are still readily available in New Town both new and resale. All have garages either attached or detached. 2, 3, 4 bedroom town homes are available with prices starting in the mid $250’s . Abbey Commons, Chelsea Green and Savannah Square are some of the neighborhoods found within New Town.  Detached homes are soon to be available in New Town . Pricing is yet to be determined. If you would like to be the first to know about these homes email John@MrWilliamsburg.com  or call me at 757 254 8136 .Open acreage and trails provide ample room for walking, biking and other types of outdoor recreation. Commerce thrives in the Discovery Business Park, a setting designed to foster research and development ventures with the nearby College of William and Mary. New retail, dining and service businesses continue to join the bustling business district of New Town.

    Sitting on the front porch with a glass of cold lemonade. Strolling along spacious sidewalks and stopping to chat with neighbors. Walking to the ice cream parlor…or even walking to work! These things are what made traditional neighborhoods so endearing and enduring, imparting a lasting sense of community. New Town in Williamsburg VA offers residents the best of both worlds, combining an old-fashioned neighborhood feeling with the latest in amenities, technology, and commerce.

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    Williamsburg VA Real Estate New Town

    Map of New Town Williamsburg
    Map of New Town Williamsburg

    New Urbanism is the core design philosophy of New Town, Williamsburg, VA. This international movement seeks to create a more sustainable building approach by balancing homes, jobs, and the preservation of meaningful open spaces on a more human scale. No big boxes, no mega-malls, just what we need for great living, where we need it.

    The CNU’s Charter of the New Urbanism says:

    We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.

    Founded nearly thirty years ago by forward thinking planners and architects, New Urbanism has found national and international successes and is no longer considered Utopian theory about how we can live.

    In the last two decades, amazing places like Seaside and Celebration, Florida,Stapleton Colorado, Kentlands, Maryland, and Harbor Town, Tennessee, have seen the return of not only community, but of sustainable value. Kids are safely outdoors more, neighbors know each other better, everyone cares more about the community in which they live.

    What’s more, these communities are showing that higher densities with meaningful green spaces create a lasting value, both financially and socially.

    New Urbanism seeks to provide transportation alternatives while creating positive places. By reducing automobile dependence and providing mobility choices, places like New Town, Williamsburg, VA can reduce the cost of living and the cost of commuting at the same time.

    I encourage you to learn more about the New Urbanism by visiting the Congress for the New Urbanism at www.cnu.org.

    New Town, Williamsburg, VA business districts are like nothing you may have experienced in a suburban setting.

    Shops, entertainment, and a vibrant office environment work together in perfect synergy to satisfy the daily needs of residents while providing unparalleled choice to those who visit.

    It’s another way that New Town, Williamsburg, VA raises the bar on complete living, meeting all of the needs of the community, businesses and residents alike.

    Forget what you know about shopping in suburbia. You won’t find the endless sea of strip malls and parking lots in New Town, Williamsburg, VA.  What you will find is a return of what has long been missing from our daily lives…what you want, where you want it.

     At New Town you can drop off the kids to their dance class, walk to the corner for coffee, get some other errands done, without ever getting in the car.

    What’s even better is that you can do it all in walking distance from your home.

    The retail is aimed at the needs of those that live here, and is located with a keen eye on convenience. Whether it’s a salon, the groceries, or the gym, all will are thoughtfully available in a way that makes life easier for you.

    What could be a better commute than no commute at all?

    In New Town, Williamsburg, VA, the distance barriers are being broken down down for all types of business environments, and the office is no exception. Who said offices should be separate from the places that we live and play. Big and smaller companies alike  have space walkable to dozens of restaurants, shops and services. No more rushing the lunch hour. 

    The only drawback to living and working ion New Town ? No more calling in late because of a back up on I-64!

    In most suburban communities, taking a walk means putting your health in jeopardy because you are sharing roads that are built to move cars, not pedestrians.  New Town, Williamsburg, VA  turns this notion on end, recognizing that one of the best sustainable practices is providing the opportunity to walk and bike to most daily needs.New Town, Williamsburg, VA  encourages walking by creating beautiful environments to walk through, making it an easy decision to leave the car in the garage more often.

    Design details like narrow streets and wide sidewalks  ensure that the streets of New Town, Williamsburg, VA are inviting to the pedestrian, making a sensible choice of what was once not an option in the suburbs.

    Neighborhood Parks

    In  New Town, Williamsburg, VA everyone has the chance to experience wonderful outdoor settings within easy walking distance from their homes. No matter where you are in New Town, Williamsburg, VA  there are plazas, greens and courtyards. You will surely find your personal favorite among the dozens of neighborhood parks.

    In New Town the streets are interconnected with  each other and provides over four miles of continuous trails through over three hundred acres of park system. 

    Roads/ Transportation

    Roads. There have always been too few to handle the traffic of the suburbs. The fact is, there will never be enough roads if cars are the only way to get around.

    Bicycles have easy routes to all corners of the community, allowing for more than recreational rides. Expect to see more people shopping and going to work by bike as they recognize the ease of getting out of the fast lane in New Town, Williamsburg, VA

     Community buses provide chances for residents to conveniently travel to Colonial Williamsburg and other parts of James City County without having to drive and park. 

    There is an Amtrak Station within a few miles in Williamsburg which  provides a link to Downtown Richmond, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City and beyond.

    Most importantly, New Town is proving that businesses and homes can exist in close proximity enabling people to live in a truly walkable distance from nearly all of their daily needs. At  New Town, Williamsburg, VA  the choice of how you travel is back in your hands. 

    Diversity

     New Town, Williamsburg, VA is a place for all people. It is that simple. Gone is the notion that you have to have kids, or have to be an “active adult” or other category of lifestyle. A wide  variety of styles of housing, providing equal opportunities for living by those of vastly different means.

    The American Dream of today is different than that of decades ago. Today, we want something more than anything else…our time.  New Town, Williamsburg, VA gives people more of their day to make choices that are meaningful to them.

    Lifestyle

    In New Town, Williamsburg, VA residents will not have to fight traffic on their way home from work or venture far from their front door to pick up a loaf of bread. Social, leisure, and entertainment opportunities are equally accessible and convenient.

    Housing choices are plentiful in New Town. Mid Rise Condos are available in both Bennington on the Park and Foundation Square, Town homes are available in Abbey Commons, Savannah Square and Chelsea Green,  prices range from the low $200’s for condos to around $500k for the largest town homes .Floor plans range in size from 1200 to over 3000 square feet.  Detached homes will be available in the future. Prices and plans have yet to be announced. There are also town home style apartments for rent available at Oxford of New Town

    Dining

    As of today I counted 20 different places to eat in New Town. There should be a place for everyone’s taste. It includes : Art Cafe 26, Barnes and Noble, Bonefish Grill, Buon Amici, California,Tortilla, Center Street Grill, Cheeburger Cheeburger, CoCo Chocolatier, Great Harvest Bread Co, Green Leafe New Town, Harbour Coffee , Ichiban ( chinese cuisine), Maggie Moos Ice Cream, New Town Coffee and Tea, Opus 9 Steakhouse, Panera, Quiznos, Thai Pot and The Corner Pocket ( a billiard parlor as well as restaraunt)

    As a local REALTOR working in New Town I would be happy to assist you in finding a home there.  Click this link to search all real estate ,homes, condos town homes ,new and resale  currently for sale in New Town/ James City County Williamsburg VA

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