Blue Ridge Shopping Center, Crozet, Virginia     Developed by Great Eastern Management Company



Can Crozet support 2 grocers
By Jacob Geiger | 964-5476
Sunday, June 17, 2007

As plans move forward for Harris Teeter’s arrival in Crozet, local residents are confident the town is ready for two grocery stores.

Harris Teeter hopes to have the store open in the spring or summer of 2009, said company spokeswoman Jennifer Panetta, but she said it was impossible at this point to predict the actual date.

The store will anchor the new Blue Ridge Shopping Center on U.S. 250. An 11,000-square-foot retail building and a bank are also planned for the site, which is located next to Blue Ridge Building Supply and directly across from the recently opened Clover Lawn shops.

The 42,000-square-foot grocery store will employ 140 people when it opens. Panetta also said the company hopes to make the Crozet location its first “green store.”

“We’re working to make sure it’s Energy Star efficient and Energy Star approved,” Panetta said.

The new store will have a pharmacy and also feature plenty of fresh and organic foods, Panetta said.

But residents think Crozet GreatValu, which is in downtown Crozet, will manage to stay in business once the new competition opens.

The independent grocery store has been serving the village under different names for three generations, said Crozet native David Wayland.

He has tabs from the 1930s that his parents kept at the store.

“[GreatValu] has a very loyal customer base, good prices and good selection,” Wayland said.

A manager at GreatValu declined to comment.

Rather than hurting local businesses, Wayland and others think Harris Teeter will make shopping more convenient for the many residents who buy their groceries in other towns.

“The people that will shop at Harris Teeter are the ones who are driving to Charlottesville or Waynes-boro now,” said Crozet resident Barbara Westbrook.

David Wyant, who represents Crozet on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, said he thinks Harris Teeter and GreatValu serve different grocery shopping needs.

“I think both of them will do fine,” Wyant said.

He also said the new store would help the county avoid losing tax revenue to Waynesboro.

The county’s Architec-tural Review Board approved a revised design of the shopping center last month, and now the county planning office is waiting for revised drawings before the project proceeds.

Harris Teeter and the developer have not requested a building permit for the site.


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