Home Depot submits plans for new retail center

Plus: Dunkin Donuts / Baskin Robbins coming to former Burger King on Pantops

Home Depot has filed plans with Albemarle County to demolish the building that formerly held a Sears store and replace it with a new retail store and garden center. The company purchased that property and much of the rest of Fashion Square Mall last year for $1.762 million. 

The use is by-right under the existing commercial zoning, but the Architectural Review Board must issue a Certificate of Appropriateness for it is within one of the county’s entrance corridors. 

Architects and engineers with the firm Kimley Horn have put together a site plan for a 134,262 square foot building that also shows the reconfiguration of parking spaces on the site. 

The site plan for the future Home Depot (Credit: Kimley Horn)

The rest of Fashion Square Mall owned by Home Depot will remain intact as new leases have continued to be signed for retail spaces. The property is managed by JLL. 

The other portion of the mall is owned by Seminole Trail Management, a firm that purchased the J.C. Penney building for $4.5 million in September 2020. Albemarle County is renovating a section of that site for a fleet maintenance facility and operations center for public safety vehicles. (Albemarle Supervisors approve rental of former J.C. Penney as public safety operations center, August 2, 2022)

In the meantime, the parking lot will be used for the Dogwood Festival Carnival later this month. 

Here’s some other information about new businesses in Albemarle County:

  • The Parkinson’s Activity and Resource Center will open in the location at 1885 Seminole Trail formerly occupied by Rock Steady Boxing. According to the approved zoning clearance, this will be an indoor athletic facility that will “serve and support Parkinson’s community through engagement in exercise, support, education, and socialization.” 
  • A combined Dunkin Donuts / Baskin Robbins franchise will take over the Burger King in Pantops Shopping Center.
  • Charles Schwab will open a branch in Twentyninth Place. Their website states this is “coming soon.” 
  • A Hallmark franchise will replace Cato Fashion in the Rio Hill Shopping Center 
The logo for the combination Dunkin Donuts / Baskin Robbins franchise 

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