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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 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.

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 ?

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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..

    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 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 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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    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 ?

    Find out more about Ukrops Grocery here

     Mr Williamsburg.com " Williamsburg VA. Real Estate

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      This informational update provided by Mr Williamsburg.com/ John Womeldorf . A local Realtor assisting home buyers and sellers in the Hampton Roads and Williamsburg areas of Virginia.

    Contact me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

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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.

    Would you like to explore the real estate possibilities in New Town further ? Click here to search all condos town homes and detached homes for sale in New town, Williamsburg VA

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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)

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    Williamsburg Grocery New Town Neighborhood Market

    Note the exterior photos are not of the store in Williamsburg. What is a Wal Mart ‘ Neighborhood Market “Picture a Wal-Mart Supercenter minus everything but groceries. Now make it a lot smaller about 40,000 square feet instead of 185,000 square feet. Now add a few shelves of organic produce and other specialty foods. That’s the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, a new store that Wal Mart will open to compete directly with Farm Fresh, Bloom, Ukrops, Food Lion coming in Summer of 2009 to New Town Settlers Market Williamsburg VA. Right behind Trader Joe’s .

    The stores are designed to be a quick in-and-out. The store will offer the low prices that shoppers expect of Wal-Mart but merchandised more like a Ukrops/ Farm Fresh

     

    Wal-Mart opened its first Neighborhood Market in 1998 in its hometown of Bentonville, Ark. The retailer now has 118 nationwide, mostly in southern states such as Texas, Florida and Tennessee. The Williamsburg store will be the farthest north it has brought the concept on the East Coast.

    Williamsburg VA Trader Joes

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    Grocery Shopping Choices in the Williamsburg/ James City County Va area:

    The Williamsburg area’s variety of food shopping options is growing . Having shopped at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods  when we lived in Annapolis Md we are eager to see the store the Trader Joe’s Store here in Williamsburg finally open on September 26, 2008. While there is a store in Newport News that is about a 20-30 minute trek down interstate 64. It will be nice to have one only minutes from our home. There is another Trader Joe’s opening in Richmond Va on Sept 26th as well.

    Do you work at Colonial Williamsburg as a costumed interpreter and want to win a prize?

    You’ll be expected at Trader Joe’s. The independent grocery opens on Monticello Avenue near New Town today at 9 a.m. with a traditional (for Trader Joe’s, that is) lei cutting by store Captain Dan Maize and First Mate Danny Owens. Regulars at the Trader Joe’s in Newport News will recognize these two guys, as they’ve both been at that store since it opened.

    To honor Colonial Williamsburg, customers who dress in colonial-style outfits during opening weekend will receive prizes.

     A few of the Newport News crew will be on hand to keep customers happy, shelves stocked and questions answered.

    The celebration won’t stop with the lei cutting. The store promises raffles, a variety of tasty samples and free stickers and balloons for the kids.

    The 12,000-square-foot store – the same size as the one in Newport News – will be open daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Artwork at the store includes “local flair” that celebrates the rich history of the city, among them murals that feature the Governor’s Mansion, the Capitol, the Courthouse, Jamestown Settlement and the dock, the main sights of Colonial Williamsburg including a horse-drawn carriage taking tourists down Duke of Gloucester Street. One side of the store’s corridor features artwork from local elementary school students, which will rotate every month to feature new school art.

    Another grocery store scheduled to open summer 2009 in New Town/ Settlers Market Williamsburg Va is a Wal Mart ” Neighborhood Market” . In addition there is a Harris Teeter Market being built across from the Kingsmill entrance on Rt 199 in the new Quarterpath Shopping Center.

    The new Wal-Mart  Neighborhood Market is meant to appeal to a more upscale, health-conscious clientele. The two new choices come to a community that also has three Farm Fresh Stores,  the only two ( Richmond based) Ukrop’s stores in Hampton Roads,Two Food Lions Stores,  Fresh Market  and two ‘ Bloom’ stores that were converted from Food Lion Stores last year. The only two in the Peninsula area.

    We always go there to find interesting food, Nationwide more and more shoppers are attracted to the eclectic, reasonably priced and healthy-lifestyle offerings at Trader Joe’s, giving the chain a strong cult following.

    The Trader Joe’s chain has a unique position in the retail market. It doesn’t have a direct competitor because it is smaller and more specialized than a conventional store, but larger and more varied than a convenience store. Much of the store’s success is due to its private label brands, which take an interesting twist on familiar products such as macadamia nut popcorn, fresh pizza dough or a salsa making kit: fresh tomatoes, garlic cloves, a lime, a shallot and a jalapeno in one package. The stores also carry extensive selections of wine, liquor and beer at great prices.  Google ‘ Two Buck Chuck” to read an interesting story about their wine selling success.

    They don’t offer everything which takes some getting used to. Produce and meat selection are minimal. It does have an unusual mix of organic and gourmet private label foods. While some other stores offer a  “one- stop-shopping” experience for essentials, Trader Joe’s stores requires that you make a special trip to purchase  imported cheeses, pita chips, frozen cheese enchiladas and inexpensive  bottles of Charles Shaw brand wine affectionately known in California as “two-buck Chuck.”

    Although we don’t do the bulk of our shopping at Trader Joes’ we do have a list of about 15 to 20 things that we consistently buy there.

    The chain was founded in 1958 in California by Joe Columbe  ,a Stanford business school graduate who started a small chain of convenience stores called Pronto Markets. Columbe changed the name of his stores to Trader Joe’s in 1967. The stores became mainstays in Southern California during the 1970s before expanding to other parts of the country. Aldi, a discount grocery chain based in Germany, bought Trader Joe’s in 1979 and has run the company since.

    Coulombe’s goal was to create a gourmet store that would offer high quality food at reasonable prices. That balance was achieved by finding direct sources for products and selling them under company labels, a process that cuts out middlemen.

    Trader Joe’s is  unusual in that 80 percent of the items in its store are private label, while most other retailers rely more on national brands made by outsiders.

    The Hawaiian-themed decor and price labels that explain products give the stores a friendly vibe. Stores are also lined with chalkboard signs drawn by local artists. ”

    Trader Joe’s offers  a wide selection or organic, gluten-free, vegetarian and imported products, as well as frozen prepared dishes. Samples are usually set out in the store.