Weiman’s Bakery baked its final batch of bread in February, but something could be cooking for its prime Shockoe Bottom location.
The assets of the 70-year-old Richmond business are on the market, including giant mixers, automated bread lines and sacks of flour. Its property at the corner of 17th and Grace streets is also up for sale and could be one of the linchpins for an eventual baseball stadium development in that part of the city.
“We haven’t sold [the property] yet,” said Allan Weiman, who ran the business with his father, Morton Weiman. “We’re working on it.”
Weiman’s owns the 9,000-square-foot bakery on half an acre at 121 N. 17th St. and a neighboring parking lot at 113 N. 17th St. Both sit directly in line with the site that has been the favored spot in the long-talked-about stadium plans over the years.
The Weiman’s property’s potential acquisition, along with surrounding lots largely owned by Loving’s Produce, could open the land needed to build a stadium and related development. It would be bordered by East Broad Street, Oliver Hill Way/South 17th Street and the train shed at Main Street Station.
Allan Weiman, whose grandparents founded the bakery in 1945, said the property is listed with Faye Hager, a real estate agent with Virginia Real Estate & Development Inc.
Hager declined to comment on the listing.
Should plans for a stadium in the Bottom move forward, they would likely involve the city, or a partner of the city, purchasing the Weiman’s plots along with several large swaths of vacant lots owned by Loving’s.
“No one has contacted us from the city,” Weiman said.
City of Richmond spokesperson Tammy Hawley said in an email: “I cannot confirm or deny this matter as it is city policy to not comment on any potential real estate related transaction (primarily to protect and not interfere with real estate negotiations if any such negotiations are taking place).”
Weiman said he likes the idea of the land eventually being home to a baseball stadium.
“I’d like to see it myself,” he said.
BizSense staff writer David Larter contributed to this report.