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Richmond pitches property to international brewery

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Serious talks are underway to expand an international brewing company into Richmond. Stone Brewery wants to build on the east coast and if it comes to Richmond, it would bring hundreds of jobs our way and boost development near Rocketts Landing. But Richmond isn't the only city competing for the opportunity

The area near Williamsburg Road and Nicholson Street is what that the city of Richmond is pitching to lure the beer manufacturer into town.  The property is a jewel waiting to be developed - according to Lesley Bruno with the Richmond Chamber.

"I think that area has come a long way but has a lot of potential. It's riverfront. Our river is something we should always be celebrating and getting people to whether they live here or are visiting here," Bruno said.

That's just what city leaders appear to be doing. At an emergency meeting Tuesday, they met to discuss making the property available to entice Stone Brewery to head our way.

"Were really looking for a location that has space enough to build out our brewery, restaurant, the retail space. We are also looking for a location that has easy access to highways because we will be offering our beers and distributing our beers from that location," said Sabrina Lopiccolo with Stone Brewing.

The company won't say what other cities it is eyeing, but says it has a critical need to expand to the east coast.

"We're located here in San Diego on the very west coast and it makes it a little difficult for getting our beers over there and expensive so having an east coast facility will help facilitate getting the beers to our customers faster," Lopiccolo said.

It will invest more than 30 million dollars to make it happen, not only building a brewery, but also a restaurant and other retail space that will bring more than 300 jobs once it's running at full capacity.

"I hope we can pave the way for yet another business to come here, create jobs and another place for us to sit by the river and sip a cold beer," Bruno said.

Representatives with Stone plan to announce their choice within the next two months with construction to begin by the end of the year.

City Council board chair Charles Samuels says it's too early for him to comment on the proposal.

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