New shops coming to Harbour View

Published 10:13 pm Thursday, February 16, 2017

Suffolk’s already bustling Harbour View district is expected to get a new couple of new retail areas for shopping and dining this fall.

Two new retail centers are set to break ground on April 1 on Harbour View Boulevard, near the intersection with Harbour Towne Parkway. Tenants are expected to move in between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1.

“It’s a great fit for that location,” said Troy Parker, managing broker and partner of Parker Burnell Real Estate Group.


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One building will span about 7,000 square feet, and the other about 13,000 square feet. Four tenants have signed leases, and three others are in the “letter of intent” stage of negotiations.

Dining options will include the Mediterranean café chain Zoë’s Kitchen and Metro Diner, a national chain that originated in Jacksonville, Fla. Metro Diner has won Jacksonville Magazine’s “Best Breakfast” award for the past three years.

Parker said these will be “fast casual” restaurants with outdoor patio seating, allowing customers to enjoy the landscaping and weather.

“Somewhere between a fast food restaurant and a full-service wait staff restaurant,” he said. “Healthy alternatives to fast food in an upscale setting.”

Coastal Vision optometry also has signed a lease for space in the new shopping area, along with a nail salon.

A hair salon and a wine shop are currently in lease negotiations, as well as a “fast casual” Mexican restaurant. Parker is confident that these businesses will sign up to be part of this new site.

“We’re confident that the property is going to be 80 percent to 100 percent leased before it is finished,” he said.

The retail centers will be adjacent to a property that will house Lidl grocery store, expected to be complete around the end of the year. Lidl is one of the largest grocery chains in Europe and is building its first U.S. locations in Virginia, including Western Branch and Hampton.

“Virginia was fortunate to get the corporate winds of this retailer,” Suffolk Economic Development Director Kevin Hughes said.

A new apartment complex is also under way on the same side of Harbour View Boulevard. Claremont at Harbour View will have 276 residential apartments.

Officials expect the increasing population density will continue to support the growth in retail in the area.

In 2015, according to ESRI, a company that makes mapping software and applications for developers and government agencies, estimated that the area within a five-mile radius of the apartments project had nearly 88,000 residents.

Harbour View Boulevard sees traffic counts of 22,000 vehicles a day, according to Parker Burnell statistics.

“If you go out there today, there’s crosswalks and sidewalks throughout, and it’s very convenient for someone to park and then return to their car,” Hughes said.