Watkins Centre going up

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Work continues in Chesterfield County on Watkins Centre at Midlothian Turnpike and Route 288. Site work for the retail component called Westchester Commons is under way, and several major retailers have signed commitments. Tenants include Target, Gold’s Gym, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Petco, Bertucci’s, Starbucks, OfficeMax, Dress Barn and others.

“There are several large ones that are in negotiations that we can’t release at this time,” says Lee Warfield, executive vice president of Thalhimer/Cushman & Wake­f­­­­­­ield, the commercial real estate firm overseeing Westchester’s leasing.

The new Target location is expected to be the first tenant to open in March 2009 with other openings scheduled later in the year.
Westchester will offer traditional “big-box” retailers and a Main Street area that will be home to boutique-style shops.
In all, the Watkins Centre has the potential to generate 3.2 million square feet of retail and office development, creating competition for Short Pump Town Center and Innsbrook in neighboring Henrico County and Stony Point Fashion Park in Richmond.

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