CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT) – The county is one step closer to tearing down Cloverleaf mall and paving the way for a new development. Developers say it's going to happen sooner, than later.
The 88 acres the mall sits on, is divided into four phases. Developing company, Crosland, will buy phase-one first so a major grocery chain can open a store as soon as possible.
It's been a while since Kroger signed on.
"Crosland and Kroger remain as committed today as we did 4 and half years ago when we entered into discussions with Chesterfield County," said developer, James Downs.
For a while, the county couldn't give out a timeline of when things were going to happen. But, with a bit of "tweaking" in the agreement that involves millions and a new phasing strategy, the county could start demolition this year.
"It's a step much closer to our being able to move forward with the construction we're definitely much closer today than we were before so we're very excited about that," said Downs.
It's an answer many of the surrounding businesses have been waiting to hear.
Retail manager, Joi Kane, says she used to work in the mall, now she works across the street, at Rainbows clothing store.
"The mall did make a lot of money so hopefully once something does come across the street it will bring more money, over there and of course across here," said Kane.
Kane wants to see more business come through.
"Once they do have something going across the street we'll pick up a little more, we've been doing ok, but we could do better," said Kane.
Other than Kroger the developer is being very tight lipped about possible tenants. But says they are negotiating with other retailers. That's in addition to apartments.