Project Result of Planning, Public-Private Collaboration, Landbanking
Thursday, July 28, 2016 -- Harris Teeter opened a 60,000-square-foot flagship grocery at 301 W. Broad Street in downtown City of Falls Church yesterday. Open 24 hours, 364 days a year, the store is located in a mixed-use building with 282 apartments, developed by Rushmark Properties. The Harris Teeter features a bakery and deli, butchers and fisherman's markets, fresh farm produce, salad bar, beer and wine tasting area, and a pharmacy. The store will employ 76 full-time and 98 part-time workers and is expected to produce more than $500,000 per year in local tax revenue.
The effort to bring Harris Teeter to the City dates back more than 12 years. The North Carolina-based grocer and City shared strong interest to locate a store downtown, a process that took several twists and turns before Rushmark secured a lease commitment with the company in 2015.
In 2008 a Harris Teeter store was planned as a retail anchor in the approved City Center project, but the development never proceeded due to the Great Recession. After several proposals involving purchase of City and Economic Development Authority land and the former post office site, a deal was reached with Rushmark, assuring that the store would open at its new location in the center of the City.
“We are excited about bringing back a full-service grocery to downtown Falls Church," said Mayor David Tarter. "The grand opening culminates years of planning and public-private collaboration, including the sale of a key, land-banked City property. Thousands of City residents can now walk and bike to the new Harris Teeter. This project is a crucial component of our ongoing efforts to bring more amenities, tax revenue, and overall vibrancy to the City.”