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Wegmans, Cabela's another step closer to building in Short Pump


The new Wegmans and Cabela's stores slated for Short Pump are another step closer, to becoming reality. The Henrico Planning Commission voted unanimously, Thursday night, to approve the West Broad Marketplace shopping center.

The decision comes after a last-minute flyer and telemarketing campaign, opposing the development. However, there was no resistance from neighbors voiced at the meeting.

County planning officials pressed the builder, NVRetail, to make certain the shopping center was up to their exact standards.

Jack Waghorn, the developer and president of NVRetail, continued to promise a high-end complex like none other in Central Virginia. Waghorn says there are about thirty companies vying for a spot in the retail complex.

"These are nationally recognized, high quality tenants that any shopping center would love to have," said Waghorn.

The Cabela's store would be the first in Virginia. The Wegmans would be open 24 hours. Neighbors at the meeting seemed excited about the anchor stores.

"We're glad that something quality like Wegmans and Cabela's is going to be our neighbor," said Marsha Pressel, who lives next to the proposed development.

"It's just great to… do the new things… and experience things we haven't experienced in a while," added Larry Phillips, who lives in Henrico.

No one spoke out against the project at the podium, even though neighbors agree that Short Pump will only be getting busier.

"I'm glad I don't live out there," commented Pat Phillips, who doesn't lives near the proposed complex with her husband, but says she's still anticipating shopping there.

Planning officials continued to press the development team on traffic, security, and landscaping issues.

"We've had our battles, and we've compromised. We've come up with a very, very good plan that ultimately will be very successful," assured Waghorn.

Traffic pattern revisions will continue to evolve in the plans before a final vote by the county's Board of Supervisors.

The shopping center is expected to bring about a thousand jobs to the area. It will be bordered by future Bon Secours facility and another housing complex.

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