Huge development breaks ground at Short Pump

Jack Waghorn, President of NV Retail; David Kaechele, Henrico County Supervisor; Frank Thornton, Vice Chairman Henrico County Board of Supervisors; John Vthoulkas,Henrico County Manager; Joe Emmerson,Director of Planning for Henrico County; Darlene McKinnon, Excel Trust

From left: Jack Waghorn, president of NVRetail; David Kaechele, Henrico County supervisor; Frank Thornton, vice chairman, Henrico County Board of Supervisors; John Vithoulkas,Henrico County manager; Joe Emerson,director of planning for Henrico County; and Darlene McKinnon of Excel Trust at a groundbreaking event Wednesday. Photo courtesy of NVRetail.

Shovels are officially in the ground at a massive new Broad Street development that’s extending Short Pump’s retail boundaries further west.

A ceremonial groundbreaking took place Wednesday at the site of West Broad Marketplace, a 440,000-square-foot commercial development that has landed Wegmans and Cabela’s as anchor tenants.

NVRetail, the project’s developer, has site work is underway with J. E. Liesfeld Contractor, and vertical construction will likely begin in June of this year.

“We’re moving right along,” President of NVRetail Jack Waghorn said. “All of our permits are in hand, and now we just need some good weather.”

As of now, Cabela’s is set to open in March of 2016, and Wegmans will open the following June.

Wegmans and Cabela’s have already signed their respective leases, Waghorn said. He also said the developer is discussing lease terms with 14 new stores, but none have signed on yet.

A total up to 22 additional tenants will occupy the space left over after Wegmans and Cabela’s move in.

“We’re shooting for tenants that are unique to Richmond, that have a unique merchandising background like Cabela’s and Wegmans,” Waghorn said. “We’re trying to find new reasons for people to come shop at our center.”

Waghorn said a general contractor for construction on the buildings has not yet been announced. The developer has a short list of several contractors that will be bidding on the project, he said.

NVRetail purchased the 61 acres for West Broad Marketplace in early December, along with Excel Trust, a West Coast REIT that owns a bulk of nearby West Broad Village.

NVRetail attempted to enter the Richmond market twice before, but was unsuccessful in getting the projects off the ground. Waghorn cited the recession as a major reason.

“We came back after the economy was lifted, we wanted to see what we could come up with, and we knew Cabela’s was interested in Richmond,” Waghorn said. “We worked on this property with the intent of having them as one of our major tenants.”

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