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Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Westlawn Shopping Center to open on Annandale Road in 2014


A rendering of the Westlawn Center
The old, run-down Westlawn Shopping Center on Annandale Road by Arlington Boulevard is gone, but the new retail center isn’t expected to be completely finished until sometime in 2014.

The site plan should be approved by Fairfax County within the next 60 to 90 days, says Shane Murphy, an attorney with Cooley LLP of Reston, which represents Bill Page Honda. Bill Page owns the site and is developing the retail project, as well as expanding the adjacent car dealership on Route 50.  

The only former tenant that will reopen in the new Westlawn Shopping Center will be BB&T Bank, which will have a stand-alone building facing Annandale Road on the far left of the property. There will be a new access point in front of the bank.

The post office won’t be coming back, says Brian Kanyan, chief financial officer of Bill Page Imports Inc. He had hoped to retain it, but the U.S. Postal Service is facing a multi-billion dollar deficit and closing many facilities around the country. The thrift store, Joseph’s Coat, moved to central Annandale last spring.

A free-standing drug store with a drive-through pharmacy will be on the corner of Route 50 and Annandale Road. A tenant hasn’t been nailed down yet, but it is likely to be Walgreen’s, CVS, or Rite Aid. Bill Page is negotiating for tenants for the remaining 20,000 square feet of retail space but nothing has been finalized yet, Kanyan says.

The new Honda dealership will have a larger showroom, more service bays, and a parking deck. The agreement with Honda requires the dealership to remain open, so the old building won’t be torn down until a portion of the new building is up.

Bill Page does not plan to install a fence between the back of the shopping center and the Westlawn neighborhood, but Murphy says the trash and underbrush along Tripp’s Run back there will be cleaned up.

The site plan

20 comments:

  1. CVS has a drive through pharmacy right across the street! Please get a different store!

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  2. The PO moved around the corner to the strip on Rt. 50.

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  3. Agreed. Dont need another pharmacy. How about a grocery store instead?

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  4. Yes, a grocery store would be great. Another drug store is totally unnecessary.

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  5. Where is the PO on 50? I only know about the new one on Rt. 7.

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    1. In the shopping center at the light at Cherry St.

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  6. Agreed don't need another pharmacy how about a resturant at least you would have something else to do while waiting for you car.

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  7. Don't need any more banks either but they are popping up like dandelions.

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  8. Dont need any more banks either but they are popping up like dandelions.

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  9. Please do not waste the space on another pharmacy. Be creative.

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  10. Trader Joes would be fabulous

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  11. Yes! TJs gets our vote

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  12. pharmacy swarmacy!
    bested by banks!
    Love the TJ's idea and a sit down restaurant; please no more Thai, Italian, or Korean or PIZZA

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  13. how about a sweet frog! everyone needs to have a fro-yo i the summer!

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  14. SWEET FROG!!! WEE NEED Frozen Yogurt!!!

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  15. OMG, please no more banks or drugstores! A Sweetfrog just opened in Loehmanns Plaza quite close to this site so that won't happen. A TJ would be awesome but not gonna happen either...heard they are extremely cautious about opening new stores.

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  16. Trader Joe would be wonderful:) or a bookstore!

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  17. How about a Whole Foods??

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  18. Wegmans ...I will even buy a Honda if you can work that magic!

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  19. a thrift shop?

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