|An illustration of the new grocery store from the architectural firm Dimensional Strategy.|
Elected officials, business leaders, and members of the Vietnamese community gathered at the Eden Center in Falls Church Aug. 13 to break ground for the Good Fortune supermarket.
The 44,000-square foot store will be the largest international grocery store in Northern Virginia. It is expected to open in the first quarter of 2014. The project also includes a redesigned layout for the Eden Center parking lot.
Good Fortune stores specialize in food from China, and the new store will also offer fresh produce and other items from South Asia, Latin America, Japan, and Europe, said Jason Ren, project manager with the Good Fortune Supermarket Group.
|Falls Church Vice Mayor David Snyder (left) and Eden Center owner Alan Frank at the groundbreaking ceremony.|
Ren said the store will have a large seafood section with live crabs, lobsters, and fish; holiday items like imported moon cakes for the Chinese Moon Festival; specialty meats like fresh barbecued pork and roasted duck in the meat section; a large bakery; freshly made sushi; and non-food items like imported Chinese lanterns and dinnerware. He said the store will offer “more variety, high quality, low prices, and world-class customer service.”
The Vietnamese community played a major role in bringing about this project, said Alan Frank, senior vice president of Capital Commercial Properties, the owner of Eden Center. He’s been looking for a long-term tenant for 13 years for the site, which most recently housed the Classique Home furniture store. Good Fortune has a 20-year lease.
City of Falls Church Vice Mayor David Snyder said the new supermarket will not just provide more shopping options for residents but will enhance the Eden Center, which he called “one of the major historic and cultural sites in the entire Washington, D.C., region.” The Eden Center has 120 Vietnamese restaurants, cafes, and shops.
The project could also help boost interest in redeveloping Seven Corners, where a major effort is under way to come up with a plan for creating a mixed-use town center and transportation improvements.
Another Good Fortune supermarket is under construction in Centreville. There are eight existing Good Fortunes, all of them in New York and New Jersey.