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On 5/5/2018 at 9:48 PM, 23320 said:

MacArthur's lease plan on LoopNet shows a pending lease for "Brass Tap Room" for the former Max & Erma's space. 

Potentially this?   https://www.brasstapbeerbar.com/default.aspx

Could be.  Looking at their website, they go up and down the East Coast from NYC to Florida with a gap between Baltimore and Charlotte.

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Pixels, the Ghent arcade bar, will open on Wednesday. This was the only interior picture I could find. 

You're correct, everything should be put on the table. I think it would be cool to chop it up into a town center type complex. The street grid would be narrow pedestrian/bike only with lower level sto

Selden Arcade to be transformed into startup retail shops, some food stalls and a 3-D "maker studio" in association with the Slover library.  http://pilotonline.com/business/as-norfolk-makes-over

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This was mentioned here before, but the future of the Nordstrom at MacArthur is up in the air.

https://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/article_cac6a0b4-7898-11e8-bc82-d3ef8a85f1f0.html

This quote seems a little dramatic, IMO. I hope they can work something out, but I don't think Nordstrom leaving is an indicator of what Norfolk has or doesn't have to offer. 

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6 minutes ago, ORF flyer said:

Possible new Barcade coming to downtown Norfolk at 258 Granby St. The Circuit Norfolk. 

One is currently in Richmond.   https://www.thecircuitarcadebar.com

I love the concept and believe it would be a hit. 

Any idea of how big it will be?  It seems like it will have a lot more games than the one currently under construction in Ghent. I’ve heard it being discussed but do you have any more info?

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19 minutes ago, ORF flyer said:

Possible new Barcade coming to downtown Norfolk at 258 Granby St. The Circuit Norfolk. 

One is currently in Richmond.   https://www.thecircuitarcadebar.com

I love the concept and believe it would be a hit. 

I’ve wanted Norfolk to do something like this for a few years now. Glad it may finally happen. 

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Here's the Pilot article. Looks like it would be up to 12,000 square feet, which is a pretty nice size.

https://pilotonline.com/life/flavor/alcohol/article_91c98772-c0ff-11e8-a3f6-67b4b1e31a69.html

One of the men trying to make it happen says downtown could use something like this, and I agree. There's bars and clubs, but not much on the entertainment side, outside of maybe Tap It Local. You had potential with Granby Social Club, but the owners never gave that a chance.

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It's slightly clickbait-ish, but City Council had a chance to build a grocery store (Aldi) downtown. They passed on it, because it would've been on the Greyhound site. They made the right move...90% of your residents live on the other side of Brambleton. It would've been a nightmare trying to carry groceries across that busy street.

https://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/article_d19af3b8-d0cc-11e8-90e9-9b8be1741e8d.html

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Expected or not, surprising or not, these departures for TC of VB coupled with Nordstrom's impending market exit  do not reflect well on the once-venerable MacArthur Center ...nor do they make Norfolk look particularly appealing to national better-scale retailers.  In fact, the fact that this Nordstrom is a Tier 4 store and only does an astonishingly paltry $11M/yr reflects poorly on the entire region relative to retail. Incredibly sad, as I have been a cheerleader and customer since the beginning. Well, at least until they gutted all of the merchandise that appealed to me!

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2 hours ago, baobabs727 said:

Expected or not, surprising or not, these departures for TC of VB coupled with Nordstrom's impending market exit  do not reflect well on the once-venerable MacArthur Center ...nor do they make Norfolk look particularly appealing to national better-scale retailers.  In fact, the fact that this Nordstrom is a Tier 4 store and only does an astonishingly paltry $11M/yr reflects poorly on the entire region relative to retail. Incredibly sad, as I have been a cheerleader and customer since the beginning. Well, at least until they gutted all of the merchandise that appealed to me!

I last went in there a few years ago (when I lived in VB).  It was basically a JC Penney selection at the price of.... well.. Nordstrom.

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MacArthur is massive, and like carolinaboy, rebirthed downtown. But yes, it is a very much a late-90s concept now. I do think it needs to move into the 21st Century, and an open air concept is intriguing. But I’d like to see the shell of the mall remain mostly intact. Lynnhaven made it work, so who knows?

Maybe offer spaces to more artists and small businesses, like at Selden Arcade. Create a more mixed-use concept to go with the apartments they plan to add on to the mall. 

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