Short Pump’s roster of restaurants took a hit in recent weeks.
McAlister’s Deli recently vacated its 5,000-square-foot space at 11530 W. Broad St. in the Downtown Short Pump Shopping Center.
Colin McManamon, a broker with DDR Corp., which owns the 252,000-square-foot shopping center, said the restaurant left the space in late February. McAlister’s could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Headquartered in Sandy Springs, Georgia, McAlister’s offers sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and large baked potatoes the chain calls “spuds.”
The company operates 400 restaurants in the U.S., according to its website, including 11 in Virginia. Its remaining Richmond-area locations are at Gayton Crossing in Henrico County and Westchester Commons in Midlothian.
With McAlister’s out, McManamon said DDR is fielding inquiries to fill the space – the shopping center’s lone vacancy – with another tenant.
“We’re seeing strong interest in the space,” McManamon said. “We hope to have a new tenant there soon.”
A few blocks west in the Shoppes at Westgate, a longtime Italian restaurant has closed its doors.
The Bertucci’s location at 11721 W. Broad St. was one of 15 outposts the chain shuttered earlier this week after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday.
The Massachusetts-based brand specialized brick oven pizzas, calzones and pasta.
At its peak, the chain had more than 100 locations – mainly in the Northeast, along with two Virginia restaurants in Springfield and Short Pump. The Springfield spot remains open for business.
Bertucci’s plans to sell the restaurant group to a private equity firm for about $20 million and downsize to 59 stores, according to its bankruptcy filing.
The group could not be reached for comment Thursday.