New business hopes to boost sales at Stony Point

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A potential economic boost for a South Richmond mall looking for increase in business. Next week, Stony Point Fashion Park will unveil a new restaurant, but will it breathe new life into the high-end mall?

Crews are putting on the final touches on Cinebistro, a new experience at Stony Point Fashion Park.

Inside, the same final preps are underway on this dinner and a movie experience and mall leaders are excited it's happening here.

While Stony Point does not discuss their exact sales, there's no doubt about it, this is a big addition to the mall that could potentially help what they call strong sales here.

Brittany Wilson is already in that group. "If you watch a movie and eat dinner, I've never really done that besides at home so that'd be different."

Fred Meyers with Cinebistro is overseeing the final preps here. He calls this new business boost a perfect match for Stony Point and his company.

"Provide our service to our guests then it going to drive traffic here seven days a week. That's our goal," says Meyers.

That's something the mall could use. Despite saying sales have been strong during this down economy, a quick look around the parking lot Friday morning tells a different story. There are open parking spots that Meyers hopes to fill.

"The more activity and destination Stony Point can be to our guests, the better off we are," says Meyers.

Wilson feels the same way. Now all that's left to see, is how well this business will do to boost the number of people coming to Cinebistro and the mall.

Cinebistro tells us they are opening for business next Friday, October 22. Also, they have hired 60 people and are always looking for potential new employees.

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