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7 hours ago, VBIllini13 said:

This is just not true. Even huge cities like Chicago limit the hours that establishments can serve alcohol, but there are still plenty of restaurants by the bars where the bargoers head to after they're done partying for the night. I am sure the City could lobby the ABC to allow them to give out a very limited number of 4:00 AM liquor licenses to some bars, but I don't think that's what the City or many of its residents want at this point in time.

I was probably thinking too much about this, and I don't want to make it think I'm not in favor of it. I think it's a great potential development regardless.

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3 hours ago, BFG said:

I was probably thinking too much about this, and I don't want to make it think I'm not in favor of it. I think it's a great potential development regardless.

No worries, I've probably been spending too much time on Reddit, so I feel like I'm always in defensive mode when it comes to responses now haha

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Hopefully the one on Monticello becomes CVS or Walgreen's. I know more people live downtown, and I know Norfolk loves stacking 7-11s right next to each other, but that's overkill in such a tight space. :P

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58 minutes ago, BFG said:

Hopefully the one on Monticello becomes CVS or Walgreen's. I know more people live downtown, and I know Norfolk loves stacking 7-11s right next to each other, but that's overkill in such a tight space. :P

Since moving to Chicago, I've never seen a greater number of the same store's (i.e. Walgreen's, 7-11, etc) concentrated in patches throughout the Loop.

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1 hour ago, BFG said:

Hopefully the one on Monticello becomes CVS or Walgreen's. I know more people live downtown, and I know Norfolk loves stacking 7-11s right next to each other, but that's overkill in such a tight space. :P

Downtown needs another 7-11 bad , I hate going to the current one on Monticello the line always has at least 15-20 people at peek times during the weekdays I rather goto one on 150 Granby (beggers love hanging in front of the Wells Fargo Center I don't even think they are homeless at this point, I see the same people everyday (by the garage entrance). At this point I think downtown could handle three 7-11s just fine

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38 minutes ago, 757Duke said:

Since moving to Chicago, I've never seen a greater number of the same store's (i.e. Walgreen's, 7-11, etc) concentrated in patches throughout the Loop.

Sounds like NYC and Duane Reade. 

The stretch of Main St. near the Marriott could probably use one. Maybe when the Icon opens.

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Just spotted today: Muddy Paws now has a small store open in the Granby Municipal Building, where you used to pay the water bill! There's another retail space available on the corner of the same building. I like this a LOT! I'm not sure how many storefronts could be open in city owned buildings, but i know of a few parking garages that would be better served with storefronts rather than city offices.

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Checked out a few of the new places recently:

Jack Brown's burger joint:  Small space but was packed on a Sunday night.  Great beer selection and delicious and reasonably priced burgers.  Solid addition to Granby.  Will absolutely go back.  Didn't realize it wasn't really a chain.  There are two in Harrisonburg and one in Richmond.  Concept developed by two JMU grads I believe.

Benny Damato's Pizza:  Another solid addition to Granby.  Really small space but they serve the huge slices you get up in DC that takes two paper plates to hold.  Shold take care of the late night crowd.  Also didn't realize that it wasn't a national chain.  They claim to be home of the VA slice with other shops located throughout the state.

Brick Anchor Brew House:  Decent beer selection and really nice on the inside as they did a good job of trying to get away from the Jack Quinn's look and made it their own.  Food and service (and they were nearly empty but took forever with many of the wait staff standing around) wasn't that great though.

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Went to Brick Anchor tonight. Pretty decent beer selection, and the burger I had was great. However, I dunno if it was just a full house or because it's new, but it took a while for some of the other people in my party to receive their food or drinks. I'd still go again, maybe after the staff has had time to adjust.

From there we went to Tap It, right across the street. I only had a beer, but the atmosphere was cool. Great to see more local spots popping up along Granby. Can't wait for the Waterside District to open.

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From http://www.thoushaltgrow.com/'s Facebook page:

Updates on our website today include a new seafood restaurant in Highland Park from the owner of LeGrand Kitchen, mixed-use redevelopment in Ghent from the owner of Decorum Furniture, a new wine and beer shop in Downtown Norfolk, and a major investment in Park Place. Check out the details at www.thoushaltgrow.com.

The major investment is an apartment building called Newport Manor, at the corner of Newport and 35th. Renderings at the link below; it goes before the design board next week...http://media.wix.com/ugd/4b6674_43b8fd847b8844abad41b523856e5dda.pdf

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I noticed that the shopping center coming to Hampton Blvd. will now be called The Railyard at Lambert's Point. The grocery store to be located there will be Earth Fare. This is a chain of organic grocery stores based in Ashville, NC, with stores in nine states. This will be Earth Fare's first store in Virginia. It looks pretty nice and seems to have decent pricing, and offers catering as well. I think it will do well in that location.

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On 5/18/2016 at 0:21 AM, NFKjeff said:

I noticed that the shopping center coming to Hampton Blvd. will now be called The Railyard at Lambert's Point. The grocery store to be located there will be Earth Fare. This is a chain of organic grocery stores based in Ashville, NC, with stores in nine states. This will be Earth Fare's first store in Virginia. It looks pretty nice and seems to have decent pricing, and offers catering as well. I think it will do well in that location.

At least it's not a Whole Paycheck. Coelacanth Brewery should be loving this. After all the construction is done, their tasting room will be in direct eyesight of the shopping center. Right now, it's on a dead end street in a sleepy residential district.

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18 hours ago, jeffconn said:

At least it's not a Whole Paycheck. Coelacanth Brewery should be loving this. After all the construction is done, their tasting room will be in direct eyesight of the shopping center. Right now, it's on a dead end street in a sleepy residential district.

You mean Bold Mariner? 

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So that's what that place is? I work at ODU and some nights, I'll take Bowden Ferry Road and wonder why there's so many people at such a nondescript location. That area will look pretty cool when this shopping center opens.

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So I was in the MacArthur Center not too long ago and saw the Lidl ads that are hanging up. And there was the inevitable write up in the pilot: http://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/german-grocer-lidl-picks-military-highway-site-in-norfolk/article_3a4da689-357b-5ad4-b33f-1d2028ee5a3f.html 

As usual, there is a description of the plans bit no link to them. This is public info, right? Anyway I have been to Lidl in Europe and in general they are pretty awful stores. However, they are also stepping up their game and improving. If they look more like these pics: http://www.retail-week.com/sectors/grocery/lidl-unveils-store-of-the-future-amid-15bn-property-investment/7002025.fullarticle than the grocery equivalent of Olli's or this: https://www.kamppi.fi/en/retailer/lidl , they may have a better shot in the US. I think if they go full Dollar Tree with their stores, they will bomb. 

Now I know that VB is supposed to be getting at least two Aldi stores (Kempsville and somewhere down near the south of Oceana). The article says two in Chesapeake. Any in Norfolk? The Portsmouth one is OK- I have shopped there a few times and was surprised at the quality levels. Anyone know the scoop? 
 

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7 hours ago, JPN0731 said:

So I was in the MacArthur Center not too long ago and saw the Lidl ads that are hanging up. And there was the inevitable write up in the pilot: http://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/german-grocer-lidl-picks-military-highway-site-in-norfolk/article_3a4da689-357b-5ad4-b33f-1d2028ee5a3f.html 

As usual, there is a description of the plans bit no link to them. This is public info, right? Anyway I have been to Lidl in Europe and in general they are pretty awful stores. However, they are also stepping up their game and improving. If they look more like these pics: http://www.retail-week.com/sectors/grocery/lidl-unveils-store-of-the-future-amid-15bn-property-investment/7002025.fullarticle than the grocery equivalent of Olli's or this: https://www.kamppi.fi/en/retailer/lidl , they may have a better shot in the US. I think if they go full Dollar Tree with their stores, they will bomb. 

Now I know that VB is supposed to be getting at least two Aldi stores (Kempsville and somewhere down near the south of Oceana). The article says two in Chesapeake. Any in Norfolk? The Portsmouth one is OK- I have shopped there a few times and was surprised at the quality levels. Anyone know the scoop? 
 

Here's the best that I could find on exterior plans to be used in the US: http://www.richmond.com/business/local/article_2a99c3fa-01ff-5a7b-a2d8-5ee2756ef41f.html or http://delawarestatenews.net/business/european-grocery-chain-lidl-looks-expand-dover/ .

Lidl is upping its game for US entry. The best comparative are their stores in Ireland, and more recently the renovations they are making to many of their UK stores so in both countries Lidl is seen as more upmarket than Aldi though both use similar sales and merchandising concepts. I shopped in Lidl last year and am looking forward to them coming into the market.

Aldi is also proposing a store on First Colonial Rd. between Hilltop and the hospital while Lidl purchased properties somewhere on General Booth and on Holland Road by Shipps Corner. I find it interesting that Aldi is opening stores in every city from Williamsburg on down to southside with the exception of Norfolk though think that it is only a matter of time.

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Someone in a post on here said they wondered what the MacArthur center site would look like if macarthur center is no longer around someday.  Well this is what it could have looked like...https://www.google.com/search?hl=en-US&biw=360&bih=351&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=0XGdV-2RH8a3ecS5jOAL&q=norfolk+development&oq=norfolk+development&gs_l=mobile-gws-serp.3...0.0.0.11481.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0....0...1c..64.mobile-gws-serp..0.0.0.vejbutyNoB0&dpr=2&cad=cbv&bvch=v&sei=LHudV9uGFofqed7ZhYgE#imgrc=CheVUK5s2G_oRM%3A

http://nrha.photoshelter.com/image/I0000XtVl7ydHcRc

 

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