Brothers Micah and Jett Odle are opening Graham’s Ice Cream at 7038 Mechanicsville Turnpike, near Mechanicsville High School, in July.
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The local chain expects to debut its ninth location in the Richmond region in October. It will replace current tenants NAPA Auto Parts and Source Auto and Hardware Supply.
Sleep Number, Chase Bank, CityRow and the Virginia ABC have also signed leases at the $40 million shopping center following Publix’s opening last year.
Matthew Johnson, who also worked for the Obama administration, and his real estate agent wife bought the commercial building to diversify their portfolio.
The agency is moving up the street from 2026 E. Main St. to a bigger space at 2525 E. Main St. in a building that also houses 216 apartments.
Philly Vegan relocated from a smaller space in Bon Air. For carnivores, Str8 Out of Philly has opened a cheesesteak shop at 407 N. First St.
Richmond released the draft plan this week, setting the stage for sales and redevelopment of city-owned properties once part of the failed Navy Hill proposal.
The city’s planning commission recommended allowing the two businesses to share the Jackson Ward storefront and split operating costs.
“I felt like the city’s missing that steakhouse feel,” said the owner, a first-time restaurateur and Richmond native with a background in commercial cleaning.
Catina and Robert Jones are considering an expansion of their Rocketts Landing-based Icon Realty Group to South Florida after travel restrictions kept them there for three months.