Chase Bank gets go-ahead for Short Pump branch in former Matchbox restaurant

Chase Bank is taking over the former Matchbox building at 11720 W Broad St. (BizSense file photo)

Chase Bank’s plan to take over a shuttered Short Pump restaurant building has taken two steps forward.

The retail arm of JP Morgan Chase last month received approval from state and federal regulators to open a branch at 11720 W. Broad St. in the closed Matchbox space in front of Short Pump Town Center.

Bank spokeswoman Stephanie Bosh said the company expects to open the 4,000-square-foot branch in August with nine employees.

Vika Virginia is the project engineer and OTJ Architects is handling the design. Its main entrance would be off Hagen Drive.

The Short Pump building, which was built from scratch for Matchbox in 2016, has been vacant since the D.C.-area restaurant chain closed the location last summer.

Chase is leasing the property from the same group that owns the surrounding Short Pump Town Center, comprised of local developer Pruitt Associates and QIC, an Australian-based investment firm.

Bosh said the Short Pump site would be the second Chase branch to open locally as part of the bank’s initial retail push into Richmond. The first will be in a former BB&T branch it’s leasing at 8727 Staples Mill Road.

The bank also plans to build from scratch atop the former Extra Billy’s Barbecue joint near Willow Lawn at 5205 W. Broad St. And it already has opened a small VCU-area ATM-only storefront in a former ice cream shop at 1211 W. Broad St.

Chase will arrive next door to another new addition to Short Pump’s crops of outparcels, joining the Richmond market’s first Container Store location in the former Circuit City and H.H. Gregg big box at 11732 W. Broad St.

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