L.F. Jennings, a Falls Church and Richmond-based general contractor, has started work on two projects: the first phase of the 370,000-square-foot Hilltop Village Center in Alexandria and a Whole Foods grocery store in Virginia Beach. The 33-acre Hilltop site at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Beulah Street has a 100-year history. Originally a chicken farm, it was later used as a quarry, a landfill and a golf course. Hilltop will be a mixed-use development.
L.F. Jennings says it will construct four buildings for a total of 125,000 square feet of retail. This phase will coincide with the construction of a 140,000-square-foot Wegmans grocery store. The project will also include two bank sites and a future office building. Hilltop is about 67 percent preleased. Wegmans and other retailers anticipate a spring 2014 opening. Hilltop team members include KLNB Retail, Rounds Vanduzer Architects and Dewberry Engineers.
In Virginia Beach, the new 42,000-square-foot Whole Foods store is going up on the site of a former Saturn car dealership at 1800 Laskin Road. L. F. Jennings is responsible for demolition of the existing dealership, site work and new shell building construction. Whole Foods, based out of Austin, Texas, already operates nine stores in Virginia. This will be its first in Hampton Roads. Georgia-based SJ Collins Enterprises and Riverbend Capital Partners LLC of Charlottesville purchased the 3.2-acre site and are developing the project, which is scheduled to open in early 2013.
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