Salon grows into third location

Mango Salon, which has a location on Libbie Avenue, is expanding. Photos by Michael Thompson.

Mango Salon, which has a location on Libbie Avenue, is expanding. Photos by Michael Thompson.

Amidst a sea of salons, a local company is adding another West End location.

Pat and Bobbi Heaney plan to open a third Mango Salon later this year. They’ve leased space in the Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, and the new shop will join existing salons on Libbie Avenue and in Short Pump.

“It was attractive because it’s halfway between Libbie-Grove and Short Pump,” Pat Heaney said. “It’s also right on Gaskins, and Gaskins is the only connector road for 64 and River Road. A lot of our clients live along the river and River Road.”

The Heaneys opened the first Mango Salon in 2003 in the Libbie-Grove corridor and moved into 123 Libbie Ave. in 2006. The Short Pump Mango opened at 11118 W. Broad St. in 2010.

Pat Heaney said the Gayton Crossing space used to be home to a Blockbuster. They’ve signed a 10-year lease on the 2,880-square-foot space that they’ll look to have open in late summer or early fall.

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Mango’s longest-running location is at 123 Libbie Ave.

Heaney said he expects it to cost about $500,000 to get the Gayton Crossing Mango Salon open. The company is financing part of the venture with Wells Fargo.

“We target an upscale, high-end market, so we invest a lot into our locations,” he said.

Other Richmond area salons with multiple locations include Bombshell and Salon del Sol. Local salon startup Smoke & Mirrors opened its first location last year at 929 Myers St. near Scott’s Addition.

Prior to launching Mango Salon, Bobbi Heaney worked in the hair styling industry for more than 40 years. Her husband has a background in the grocery business and finance industry and has an MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Pat Heaney said Mango needed to add another location to house its growing staff. It has 105 employees, about 90 percent of which are full-time.

“We’ve outgrown our spaces,” he said. “This is a natural step for us to take some pressure off Libbie-Grove and Short Pump.”

Mango Salon will have a McAlister’s Deli and a Jos. A. Bank as neighbors in Gayton Crossing. It will eventually be joined in the shopping center by Hutch Bar and Eatery. Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer broker Jim Ashby represented Mango and the landlord in their recent lease.

Heaney said Mango will continue to add new locations as the company grows, and it will likely stay in the Richmond area.

“We don’t open unless we have the people in place,” he said. “It could be anywhere there’s an affluent market.”

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