CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - It is an eyesore that thousands of people drive by everyday.
Cloverleaf Mall has been largely empty for several years, but soon a major breakthrough.
A development company has officially purchased the property and demolition of the old mall could get underway in the coming weeks.
If you spend anytime in the Richmond area, the Chippenham Parkway/Midlothian Turnpike junction is something that you've passed many times, and county leaders know that.
"We look at Midlothian turnpike as a significant gateway into chesterfield county," Chesterfield County Administrator James Stegmaier says.
That critical junction has been stuck in neutral because of the large swath of land that once belonged to the Cloverleaf Mall. A one time vibrant part of the metro area has been vacant for several years, but not much longer.
County leaders have officially sold 28.4 acres of land to a development company, with big plans in place.
"That is the sign that indeed the redevelopment of cloverleaf mall is underway," Stegmaier said.
Stonebridge realty holdings will demolish the old mall to build a 123,000 square foot Kroger store and 20,000 square feet of retail space. It is just phase one of a plan that has the potential to help Chesterfield and the city of Richmond.
"The city is going to have opportunities on their side of Chippenham along the Midlothian corridor as well," Stegmaier said.
County leaders promise the time for talk is over. That new Kroger could be open by this time next year. A development which could help to turn around a critical area of the community at a time when it is needed the most.