With a location in VCU already open and one in the works in Short Pump, a Washington, D.C.-based Mediterranean restaurant chain is headed for Midlothian.
Cava Grill is opening its third Richmond-area location in a 2,600-square-foot space in TownePlace at Huguenot, a retail center under construction at the corner of Huguenot Road and Koger Center Boulevard near Chesterfield Town Center.
Cava will join Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers in the shopping center, said Anne Balducci with Sledd Properties, the developer of the 15,000-square-foot project.
The Mellow Mushroom location, which restaurant veteran David Fry has had in the works since 2015, will be the first part of the retail center to open in coming weeks.
Fry leased a 6,500-square-foot space still under construction, making it the region’s third Mellow Mushroom franchise, along with the Carytown location that opened in 2013 and one in the works in the GreenGate development in Short Pump.
Sledd Properties broke ground on TownePlace on the site of the former Huguenot Forest office complex last summer. MGT Construction is the general contractor. Sledd Properties will own and operate the development once completed.
Brokers Connie Jordan Nielsen and Nikki Jassy from Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer are handling leasing.
The site has up to 7,600 square feet of space available in a separate strip center fronting Huguenot Road, and an outparcel for a 3,900-square-foot building.
Balducci said letters of intent were still out for additional retailers, but would not comment on specific tenants.
There’s no construction timeline for the new Cava location. The brand, founded in 2011, specializes in fast casual Mediterranean dishes. The restaurant also has a line of small-batch dips and spreads available at over 200 Whole Foods Markets, including the one in Short Pump.
The chain recently opened in the former Pie Five spot at 810 W. Grace St. at VCU, and is renovating the former Short Pump Applebee’s at 11780 W. Broad St. near Short Pump Town Center.