New-to-market urgent care clinic for pets coming to Carytown Exchange

UrgentVet, a chain of urgent care centers for pets, plans to open a clinic on the Ellwood Avenue side of Carytown Exchange shopping center. (Jack Jacobs photos)

More new tenants are in the works at Carytown Exchange, including one with furry Richmonders in mind.

Florida-based UrgentVet, a chain of urgency care centers for pets, is planning its first foray into Virginia with a location at the Publix-anchored development at Carytown’s western edge.

It’s expected to be the first of several locations UrgentVet opens in the Old Dominion in 2023.

Also just signed on at Carytown Exchange are a new-to-market restaurant called Burtons Grill & Bar and a Starbucks.

UrgentVet aims to open its outpost in May 2023, founder Jim Dobies said in an email last week. The company will operate out of a roughly 3,100-square-foot space in the center’s retail strip that fronts Ellwood Avenue.

The company fashions itself the middle ground between a pet owner’s usual veterinarian and an emergency room visit. The company’s clinics treat non-life-threatening conditions in dogs and cats, such as minor cuts, urinary tract problems, allergies, stings and vaccine reactions, according to its website.

The Carytown clinic is planned to feature five exam rooms, an in-house lab as well as digital radiography and ultrasound services, Dobies said. The company invests about $500,000 in the buildout of each of its clinics.

UrgentVet currently has clinics in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia and Florida. Dobies said he opened his 21st location, a clinic in Cumming, Georgia, last week. By the end of the year the plan is to have 28 locations in the states it already operates in.

Dobies said UrgentVet also plans to open additional local clinics in Short Pump and Midlothian, in addition to several in Northern Virginia in 2023.

Construction continues on portions of Carytown Exchange on the western end of Carytown.

The Midlothian location is planned to open in Winterfield Crossing. That location is expected to be open in August 2023. Dobies declined to comment on the location of the Short Pump outpost because the lease hadn’t been signed yet.

The Carytown clinic is expected to be open from 3-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 12-8 p.m. on holidays. The clinics operate every day of the year.

Meanwhile, Burtons Grill & Bar has leased a space on the Cary Street-side of Carytown Exchange, according to a recent leasing flyer for the development.

The Massachusetts-based restaurant chain sells steaks, seafood and burgers among other things. There are Burtons locations in Charlottesville, Sterling and Alexandria, according to the company’s website, which listed a total of 18 locations in eight states.

The company didn’t respond to a request for comment last week.

Starbucks recently inked a lease for a 2,400-square-foot spot within the center on Cary Street. It’s unclear what that new location means for the existing Starbucks across the street at 3555 W. Cary St. in the Kroger-anchored International Shopping Center. The Seattle coffee giant didn’t respond to a request for comment last week.

Jim Ashby and David Crawford of Thalhimer handle leasing at Carytown Exchange. Ashby said last week the center is about 80 percent leased and leasing activity has ramped up as the development nears completion. Construction on the unfinished portions is expected to wrap up by early November.

“In the last year, leasing momentum has picked up substantially,” Ashby said.

Other companies that have signed leases in the center on the western end of Carytown include Schwarzschild Jewelers, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Torchy’s Tacos and an ABC store.

Chase Bank, fitness studio CityRow, Sugar Coat Nail Lounge and mattress retailer Sleep Number currently operate at Carytown Exchange, alongside the Publix and CVS.

UrgentVet, a chain of urgent care centers for pets, plans to open a clinic on the Ellwood Avenue side of Carytown Exchange shopping center. (Jack Jacobs photos)

More new tenants are in the works at Carytown Exchange, including one with furry Richmonders in mind.

Florida-based UrgentVet, a chain of urgency care centers for pets, is planning its first foray into Virginia with a location at the Publix-anchored development at Carytown’s western edge.

It’s expected to be the first of several locations UrgentVet opens in the Old Dominion in 2023.

Also just signed on at Carytown Exchange are a new-to-market restaurant called Burtons Grill & Bar and a Starbucks.

UrgentVet aims to open its outpost in May 2023, founder Jim Dobies said in an email last week. The company will operate out of a roughly 3,100-square-foot space in the center’s retail strip that fronts Ellwood Avenue.

The company fashions itself the middle ground between a pet owner’s usual veterinarian and an emergency room visit. The company’s clinics treat non-life-threatening conditions in dogs and cats, such as minor cuts, urinary tract problems, allergies, stings and vaccine reactions, according to its website.

The Carytown clinic is planned to feature five exam rooms, an in-house lab as well as digital radiography and ultrasound services, Dobies said. The company invests about $500,000 in the buildout of each of its clinics.

UrgentVet currently has clinics in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia and Florida. Dobies said he opened his 21st location, a clinic in Cumming, Georgia, last week. By the end of the year the plan is to have 28 locations in the states it already operates in.

Dobies said UrgentVet also plans to open additional local clinics in Short Pump and Midlothian, in addition to several in Northern Virginia in 2023.

Construction continues on portions of Carytown Exchange on the western end of Carytown.

The Midlothian location is planned to open in Winterfield Crossing. That location is expected to be open in August 2023. Dobies declined to comment on the location of the Short Pump outpost because the lease hadn’t been signed yet.

The Carytown clinic is expected to be open from 3-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 12-8 p.m. on holidays. The clinics operate every day of the year.

Meanwhile, Burtons Grill & Bar has leased a space on the Cary Street-side of Carytown Exchange, according to a recent leasing flyer for the development.

The Massachusetts-based restaurant chain sells steaks, seafood and burgers among other things. There are Burtons locations in Charlottesville, Sterling and Alexandria, according to the company’s website, which listed a total of 18 locations in eight states.

The company didn’t respond to a request for comment last week.

Starbucks recently inked a lease for a 2,400-square-foot spot within the center on Cary Street. It’s unclear what that new location means for the existing Starbucks across the street at 3555 W. Cary St. in the Kroger-anchored International Shopping Center. The Seattle coffee giant didn’t respond to a request for comment last week.

Jim Ashby and David Crawford of Thalhimer handle leasing at Carytown Exchange. Ashby said last week the center is about 80 percent leased and leasing activity has ramped up as the development nears completion. Construction on the unfinished portions is expected to wrap up by early November.

“In the last year, leasing momentum has picked up substantially,” Ashby said.

Other companies that have signed leases in the center on the western end of Carytown include Schwarzschild Jewelers, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Torchy’s Tacos and an ABC store.

Chase Bank, fitness studio CityRow, Sugar Coat Nail Lounge and mattress retailer Sleep Number currently operate at Carytown Exchange, alongside the Publix and CVS.

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Bruce Milam
Bruce Milam
1 month ago

Carytown Exchange has turned out better architecturally than I could have ever believed. It looks like it’s been there for 50 years. The traffic access to Publix is excellent as well. The design team is to be commended.