News of the revitalization of Cloverleaf Mall comes with mixed feelings. Of course I want to see Southside improve, but having visited what was once one of Richmond’s most popular malls throughout my childhood and adult years still conjures nostalgic feelings. It also makes me sad that a mall, of all things, can do this. But it wasn’t all shopping. It was spending time with family and meeting up with friends or going to see so many movies at the Cloverleaf Mall Cinema. Or early dates with my high school sweetheart. For American youth since the 70′s, malls are one of the few places you can go. (Co
Today, I can visit the “new and improved” Cloverleaf by taking in the first installment of 2012 improvements to the vast commercial plot located in Chesterfield County on the county/city border on Midlothian Turnpike where Chippenham intersects. The 123,000 square foot property is the first to open at what will soon be known as “Stonebridge” – a multi-use development to include retail and housing. The new Kroger Marketplace is a true big box store featuring not only a wide grocery selection, but also a Starbucks (of course) and furniture, children’s clothing, housewares, and more. Outside, shoppers will find a fuel station open with more retail under construction.
The cool site Richmond Bargains visited the new Southside Kroger and has a good breakdown of specials currently being offered during its grand opening. (picture borrowed from Richmond Bargains)
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports on opening day, Wednesday, December 5th, and notes that the store hopes to connect with the area’s growing Hispanic population by carrying popular Latino brands and staffing each department with Spanish speaking employees. Now that’s an improvement I can embrace.
Editor’s Note: As someone who never shops at Kroger since the corporation often supports issues that I’m opposed to and that they are the number two distributor, after WalMart, of genetically modified produce, I don’t expect to be supporting this development. But we’ll see how “Stonebridge” (hate the name) works out. Hopefully locally run businesses will have an opportunity to shape the improvement to Southside and I’ll be the first in line.