Chesterfield EDA Welcomes Richmond Volleyball Club to Stonebridge

The Economic Development Authority (EDA) of Chesterfield County is pleased to welcome Richmond Volleyball Club (RVC) to Chesterfield County. The EDA will build and lease to RVC approximately 50,000 square feet of a new indoor sports facility in Stonebridge. Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department will also lease 5,000 square feet of the building for additional community programs and services. The new facility will be located at 200 Karl Linn Drive, Chesterfield County, Virginia and is expected to be operational by January 2018.

Richmond Volleyball Club is excited by the growth opportunity this additional location can provide. This Chesterfield County location will offer the club’s current members and guests convenient access to RVC. Darcy Carroll, Executive Director states, “We are thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with Chesterfield County Economic Development and Parks and Recreation. We hope to introduce more individuals to the sport of volleyball. To many, it may be a new sport that they have not considered. This additional facility will allow us the opportunity to grow our programs tremendously.”

“We are so glad to welcome the Richmond Volleyball Club to Chesterfield.” Said Board of Supervisors Chair, Dorothy Jaeckle. “This public-private partnership between the Economic Development Authority of Chesterfield and the Richmond Volleyball Club is the latest for the Stonebridge development, one of the most successful public-private redevelopment partnerships in the region!”

“The Richmond Volleyball Club is such a great organization and runs such great youth programs, we are thrilled to have our Parks and Recreation department partnering with them to bring additional services and programs to our citizens.” Said Leslie Haley, Vice Chair, and Board of Supervisor for the Midlothian District. “The economic impact on the eastern Midlothian area from people visiting this facility for daily events and weekend tournaments will be tremendous!” she added.

For the past 35 years, RVC has helped residents in the Richmond region maintain an active lifestyle throughout their life by offering year-round programs for adults and juniors. Growing from one four-court facility into two facilities (with a combined 20 courts), RVC has been a home away from home for more than 3,000 members and a champion for the growth of volleyball in central Virginia.

Richmond Volleyball Club has almost 400 visitors daily, participating in adult leagues and junior development programs. RVC supports 140 USA Volleyball and recreational junior teams annually.  They currently host around 51 teams on any given weekend with 57% of those teams traveling from more than 60 miles away.  This new facility will allow RVC to increase their one-day tournaments, which occur almost every weekend from January to May, by approximately 32 teams each day.

RVC also hosts more than 10,000 junior players, coaches, and spectators twice a year in two major tournaments, the combined Boys’ East Coast Championships/Girls’ South Atlantic Championships, and the Monument City Classic. These tournaments are held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and their current Henrico County location. Those two tournaments alone generate approximately $9 million dollars in positive economic impact. “We look forward to now being able to expand these tournaments. In the past, we’ve had to limit the number of entries and look forward to opening it up to more teams,” remarked Skip Weston, Director of Programs and Facilities.

“Sports tourism has been a huge economic driver for the Richmond Region in recent years, totaling more than half of our events bookings. Facilities are the number one factor in attracting lucrative tournaments to the area,” according to Jack Berry, President & CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “The new space at Stonebridge is an exciting addition to the Richmond Region’s sports tourism offerings.”

In addition to RVC, the Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department will also have access to portions of the facility for programming and other services. The Parks and Recreation Department will use approximately 5,000 square feet of the building to hold classes for a variety of groups. Dr. James Worsley, Parks and Recreation Director, is enthusiastic about the partnership. “We are looking forward to being able to add an additional site for programs, the growing senior population in Chesterfield County will benefit from this cooperative effort with the Economic Development Authority and the Richmond Volleyball Club.”

Parks and Recreation is proposing to utilize the dedicated space to provide programs for primarily older adults. These programs include classes, workshops, fitness programs, and special events. In addition to the senior programming scheduled for the facility, Parks and Recreation staff would also make use of the location for community programs, pre-school activities and youth programming.

RVC and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation will be the newest tenants to locate in Stonebridge. Stonebridge is a successful mixed use revitalization project which is home to Kroger Marketplace, one of the company’s largest stores in the mid-Atlantic region; the Elements at Stonebridge, a Boyd Homes’ luxury apartment community; and the Shops at Stonebridge.

“Boyd Homes is excited to see Stonebridge continue to grow as a key place to Live, Work, and Play in Chesterfield County. The new volleyball facility will bring new consumers into our community and expand the vitality of this community. This will also provide new recreational and entertainment opportunities to our residents.” says David S. Rudiger, President/General Counsel for Boyd Homes.

Stonebridge was a public-private partnership between the Economic Development Authority and Crosland, Southeast to transform the former Cloverleaf Mall site into a multimillion-dollar retail, residential and commercial center. The project was named “Best Public-Private Partnership Project in Virginia” by Virginia Business Magazine in 2011.

Stonebridge was recently acquired by S2 Capital Partners, LLC. Company officials have expressed their commitment to continue to invest in the project with another potential 15,600 square feet of retail development. “S2 Capital Partners is excited to welcome this regional volleyball facility to the Stonebridge Shopping Center neighborhood. We look forward to partnering with the new facility on future opportunities that will further enrich and engage the local community” said Rob Seidel, Principal.

The investments made to date in Stonebridge have encouraged significant additional private investment all along eastern Midlothian Turnpike, such as the renovation of the adjacent Chippenham Square Shopping Center and the redevelopment of the former Beaufont Mall into Spring Rock Green, transforming this key retail and commercial corridor into a vibrant community.

The project builds upon recent development and expansion of facilities in the region. Richmond SportsBackers’ executive director, Jon Lugbill, said, “Chesterfield County continues to build sports facilities that not only provide awesome recreational opportunities for local residents to promote healthy living, but also provide economic impact through sports tourism. Our region continues to expand on its already impressive array of sports tourism events and one of the primary reasons for this growth is the construction of high quality sports facilities.  Chesterfield County continues to benefit from working together with local non-profit sports organizations to grow sports tournaments that generate funds to aid local youth sports programs and serve more kids.”


Richmond Volleyball Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing athletes of all ages for amateur volleyball competition. RVC is Richmond’s oldest sports & social club and has the largest, volleyball-dedicated facilities in the country. Since 1981, RVC has championed the growth of volleyball in central Virginia. RVC is social, fun and family with year-round volleyball programs for ages 3 – 73.

For over 35 years. Boyd Homes has been creating communities full of heart and life. Boyd Homes builds and develops residential communities in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. They are well known in the industry as an innovative builder/developer who is dedicated to using appealing exterior designs and floor plans that maximize usable space.

S2 Capital Partners, LLC is comprised of founders and principals Rob Seidel and George Stewart, who have each served Virginia, Maryland, and the greater Washington, DC metro region for more than 30 years. Starting in 2014, S2 Capital Partners, LLC has acquired four shopping centers with a value of approximately $31 million and the goal of significantly increasing value through repositioning, redevelopment and releasing of each property. S2’s acquisition focus is on $10-$15 million grocery-anchored/shadow anchored retail centers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.



Economic Development Authority of Chesterfield
Contact: Garrett Hart
Phone: (804) 318-8550
Email: HartGA@chesterfield.gov

Richmond Volleyball Club
Contact: Jonnie Stone
Phone: (804)358-3000
Email: jonnie@RVC.net

Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation
Contact: James Worsley
Phone: (804) 748-1079
Email: WorsleyJ@chesterfield.gov

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Kroger Marketplace Has Grand Re-Opening in Midlothian


Kroger held a grand re-opening for its store in the Ivymont Square Shopping Center in the village of Midlothian.


Leslie Haley, who represents the Midlothian District on the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors, thanked Kroger for its investment and new jobs and helped cut the ribbon for the expansion.


The expanded Kroger Marketplace will enhance the exciting and convenient grocery and dining experience for the residents and workers in the area. The special amenities, cooking demonstrations and sampling bars will make the Marketplace a destination for local residents.


The 19,700 square foot expansion enlarges the store to 106,000 square feet. Kroger invested $14.8 million in the facility and added 70 additional jobs.


New Urban Style Apartment Complex At Stonebridge Breaks Ground

$68+ Million Project Commenced

Charlotte-based Crosland Southeast in partnership with Hartford-based Hutensky Capital Partners, the developer of Stonebridge, and Virginia Beach-based Boyd Homes, the builder and developer of numerous local communities, announce that Boyd Homes has just begun construction of Element at Stonebridge, a 400 unit urban style apartment complex in Stonebridge.


The project will consist of studio, one and two bedroom apartments in four buildings. The buildings will feature onsite amenities and balconies overlooking interior courtyards. The residential community is designed to integrate into the rest of Stonebridge to allow residents to conveniently walk to the retail, entertainment and office uses of the development.

Boyd Homes expects to welcome its first residents in late 2015. A second phase, with 200 additional apartment units, is planned after completion of the first 400 units.


Stonebridge is the redevelopment of the vacant Cloverleaf Mall and is an 83-acre, 400,000-square-foot, $100 million mixed-use project in one of Chesterfield’s key retail/business corridors. The project is currently home to Kroger’s largest store in the mid-Atlantic region, a 123,600-square-foot Kroger Marketplace and to another 27,000 square feet of retail shops.
Charlotte-based Crosland Southeast is one of the leading real estate development and investments firms in the Southeast United States with offices in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC.

“We are pleased to be working with Boyd Homes to horizontally integrate 600 multifamily residences into the retail and commercial components of Stonebridge. Boyd’s innovative design is on the cutting edge which will help differentiate Stonebridge from other mixed and multi-use projects in the marketplace,” said James F. Downs, Partner, Crosland Southeast.

Boyd Homes has been building and developing communities in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond for over 30 years and in the Richmond metropolitan area for almost 15 years. They are well known in the industry as an innovative builder/developer who is dedicated to using appealing exterior designs and floor plans that maximize usable space.

Ken Merner, Director of Development for Boyd Homes, said “As a family-owned business, real people stand behind the quality of our work and service. The success that Boyd Homes has enjoyed over the last thirty years can be attributed in large measure to the dedication of our team to providing a quality product with the service our residents deserve.”

“This residential anchor solidifies the redevelopment of a very strategic gateway into Chesterfield County. A mixed use development such as this, where residents can live, work, and play, fits into our county vision. We are very pleased to see both our commercial and residential areas strengthened as we continue to revitalize the Eastern Midlothian corridor,” said Dan Gecker, Chesterfield County Midlothian District Supervisor.

James Downs, Crosland Southeast, 704.561.5257, JDowns@croslandsoutheast.com
Ken Merner, Boyd Homes, 757.271.0078, kenm@boydhomes.com


$160M Water Park, Hotel, and Convention Center Planned for Chesterfield


Uphoff Ventures has signed a strategic partnership with Jinma Group from Quanzhou (Fujian Province), China, which plans on significant investments in waterparks and entertainment centers in the United States and China. The partnership will begin immediately with the conceptual phase of a $160 million water park, hotel and convention center. Uphoff Ventures plans to utilize their property located next to Uptown Alley in Chesterfield for the new venue. Renderings of the new facility can be seen above.

Steve Uphoff founded the Uppy’s convenience-store chain and two Uptown Alley location including other successful investments. Uphoff Ventures is a family-owned business located in Chesterfield, Virginia. The organization works in partnership with Trifecta Management Group who will operate the new entertainment venue.

Partnership signing

Xing Xing Wu, Chairman and CEO of Jinma Group and Steve Uphoff, CEO of Uphoff Ventures, sign an agreement to enter a strategic partnership.


Chesterfield Welcomes Alzheimer’s Care Facility

The Memory Center, an innovative residential community for individuals with Alzheimer’s and similar dementias, is making Chesterfield the home of its second location. The groundbreaking is scheduled for July 16, 2014.

The 34,000-square-foot facility, which will be adjacent to the St. Francis Medical Center, is anticipated to open by the beginning of 2015. The project is a total investment of $13 million in the County. It is expected to create 80 new jobs.

“We are extremely pleased that The Memory Center is opening its second Virginia location in Chesterfield County… Projects such as this contribute to keeping Chesterfield County a ‘First Choice’ community,” said Jim Holland, chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors.

The Memory Center prides itself on its unique “Town Center” concept. Amenities will include a movie theater, library, general store, bank, tavern, ice cream stand and salon. The facility will also feature the latest technologies for complete medical over-site, a four-to-one resident to staff ratio, coordinated therapy services, secured entrances and camera monitoring systems.

“The community will set a new standard in the greater Richmond area for the care and well-being of people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive loss,” said Memory Center Chairman and CEO Kevin DiBona.

The Virginia Beach-based company is one of the few organizations in the state that focuses on assisted living communities exclusively for memory care.

“[The Memory Center is] among the leaders in providing a safe and secure living environment for individuals facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other related dementias and we are gratified that our citizens will have now have another quality care option,” said Holland.

The Memory Center's Proposed New Facility

The Memory Center’s Proposed New Facility

For more information on the Memory Center’s new location, visit their website:



Titan Tire & Auto Opens Second Shop in Chesterfield County

Titan Tire & Auto is expanding its presence in Chesterfield County with the opening of its second location at 17211 Hull Street Road. The full service auto repair shop began in South Chesterfield ten years ago.

“We are very excited about opening a second store,” said Butch and Kim Taylor, owners of Titan Auto & Tire. “Opening a second store is a dream come true. Our customers in North Chesterfield are excited we will be closer to where they live and work. We will now be able to better serve our customers and the community for all their vehicle care needs.”

Its new 12,000-square-foot location in North Chesterfield will open for business on July 14, 2014. The official grand opening celebration will take place on September 19, 2014 with a ribbon cutting ceremony from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Titan Tire & Auto’s expansion will be a $100,000 investment in the County, creating seven new jobs.

“We are very pleased that Titan Auto & Tire continues to grow and expand in Chesterfield County,” said County Administrator Jay Stegmaier. “It’s rewarding to see our locally owned businesses flourish and this expansion is a testament to our strong business climate.”

The New Facility

The New Facility


For more information on Titan Tire & Auto, visit their website:



Philip Morris USA Building 1 Million-Square-Foot Tobacco Warehouse in Chesterfield

RICHMOND, Va. – Philip Morris USA (PM USA) today announced it intends to invest over $50 million to establish a tobacco leaf storage warehouse complex on 118 acres in Chester, Virginia. PM USA will lease four buildings totaling 1 million square feet off of Bermuda Hundred Road in the Meadowville area of Chesterfield County.

PM USA is developing the new warehouse complex to store raw materials used in making its tobacco products. The warehousing complex will complement PM USA’s existing leaf storage warehouses in the Richmond area.

“This new PM USA facility will be a welcome addition to our corporate community and once again indicates Chesterfield’s commitment to providing a business friendly environment,” said James Holland, Chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors.

“We are pleased to continue investing in the Richmond area, which is home to our headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing center,” said Cliff Fleet, President and CEO of Philip Morris USA. “This strategic Chesterfield County location will allow us convenient access to our manufacturing facilities and complement our existing storage and production activities.”

PM USA is owned by Altria Group, Inc. (Altria) (NYSE:MO), a Fortune 200 company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Altria, along with Philip Morris USA and its other companies employ about 4,000 Virginians at six facilities throughout the region. Since 1983, PM USA has been the largest cigarette manufacturer in the United States. More than 50 percent of the cigarettes produced in the nation are made in its manufacturing center in south Richmond. More than $1 billion dollars flow through Virginia every year from Altria’s companies in the form of taxes, small business revenue, donations and income for thousands of Virginians.

“Altria is one of the top 10 largest employers in the area and we are pleased that they found Chesterfield County to be the right place for their continued investment,” said Jay Stegmaier, County Administrator of Chesterfield County.

Chesterfield Economic Development, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Greater Richmond Partnership, Seefried Industrial Development, Timmons Group, and CBRE assisted PM USA in the site selection process.


For Chesterfield Economic Development: Garrett Hart, ghart@chesterfieldbusiness.com (804) 318-8561

For PM USA: Jeff Caldwell, jeffrey.j.caldwell@altria.com (804) 484-8897


Avail Vapor Locating Headquarters in Chesterfield County, VA

International headquarters and production facility will be in North Chesterfield, Virginia.

Avail1NORTH CHESTERFIELD, VIRGINIA – May 22, 2014 – Avail Vapor, LLC, a Richmond-based company that is an industry leader in the rapidly expanding vapor and e-juice industry, has purchased a 37,515 square foot facility in Chesterfield County. It is located on four acres in the Southport Office Park and the building combines multiple office spaces as well an expansive production space. The projected capital investment will be $5 million with 60 employees.

James Xu, founding partner of Avail Vapor, says “We are excited to begin the renovation for our new Avail headquarters immediately. We will be converting this space in the coming weeks to house a new, state of the art, pharma-white room laboratory, and a production facility for the exclusive production of Avail Premium E Juice. This new facility and custom line will produce 8,000 bottles an hour while maintaining the quality, purity, consistency and flavor that Avail has come to stand for.” The new facility also will house the distribution facility for all Avail stores as well as the executive and support staff for Avail corporate stores located currently in Virginia and Maryland.

Avail currently operates in nine locations and has 11 more under construction or lease in the Mid-Atlantic. Mr. Xu adds, “This location also will serve as a training facility for Avail associates and franchise services in the future.” He added that this location will house a new Avail retail store adjacent to the lab that will enable customers to view the juice production through glass walls.

“We are very pleased that Avail Vapor chose Chesterfield County,” said County Administrator Jay Stegmaier. “It’s rewarding to see entrepreneurship flourish and the conversion of this facility into a unique headquarters and production facility is a testament to our strong business climate.”

Mr. Xu also noted that the assistance and support of the Chesterfield Department of Economic Development and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership was instrumental in Avail’s search for its new headquarters.

Avail: Susan Keeton, susank@availvapor.com
CED: Garrett Hart, ghart@chesterfieldbusiness.com


Wegmans Food Markets Coming to Midlothian


Wegmans Food Markets to be Anchor Tenant for the Stonehenge Village Development in Midlothian

Marchetti Properties, LLC announced Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. will be the anchor tenant for Stonehenge Village, an entitled retail project located on the eastern edge of the Village of Midlothian in the 12500 block of Midlothian Turnpike.

“We have long-viewed Wegmans as the ideal anchor for Stonehenge Village”, said Bobby Marchetti, one of the principals of Marchetti Properties. “Wegmans epitomizes the highest of quality in everything the company does—from the architecture of their stores to the way they treat their customers and their employees—and we could not be more pleased that Wegmans chose to develop at Stonehenge Village.”


The Midlothian Wegmans will have a design similar to this one built in northern Virginia last year.


“We are delighted to announce our plans to open a store in Stonehenge Village, and excited to finally be able to respond to the many requests we’ve had to come to the Richmond area,” says Ralphs Uttaro, Wegmans senior vice president of real estate. “I know that we will bring a unique shopping experience to the market that delivers on our promise of incredible customer service, the best ingredients, restaurant-quality prepared foods, and consistent low prices.”

Stonehenge Village is a master-planned retail development that will contain approximately 230,000 square feet of retail uses, including a grocery store, restaurants and other shops. The project is located in a well-established retail corridor and is centrally located to serve the Midlothian community and the broader, highly suburbanized northwest portion of Chesterfield County.

“We have always envisioned Stonehenge Village as a high quality development that will complement the Midlothian Village and surrounding area. With Wegmans and the other interested retailers with whom we have had active discussions, our vision is becoming a reality,” said Marchetti.

County leaders are applauding the attraction of another highly-respected retail name to Chesterfield.

“We are very happy that Wegmans is coming to Chesterfield County. Wegmans will provide an exciting and unique grocery and dining experience. In addition to the experience, Wegmans brings a strong commitment to its customers, community and employees,” said Jay Stegmaier, Chesterfield County Administrator

“We are very pleased that Wegmans will be the latest addition to the Midlothian corridor’s upscale retail offerings. As one of the “100 best companies to work for” we are excited about the jobs this will create for our citizens,” said Jim Holland, Chairman, Chesterfield Board of Supervisors.


Welcome to Wegmans Video


About Wegmans Food Markets

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 83-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

About Marchetti Properties

Marchetti Properties is a family-owned retail center developer and owner in the Greater Richmond area.


Governor McAuliffe Announces Evonik Industries to Invest $15 million in Business and Innovation Center in Chesterfield County

~ Company to create 50 new jobs and retain 130 jobs ~


27 Feb 2014
NORTH CHESTERFIELD – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced in North Chesterfield today that Evonik Industries, one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies, will invest $15 million to relocate and expand its Business and Innovation Center in Chesterfield County. The company will maintain its manufacturing operation in the City of Hopewell. Virginia successfully competed against New Jersey and Indiana for the project, which will create 50 new jobs over five years and retain 130 jobs.

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Speaking at today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Evonik’s decision to stay in Virginia is a win-win for the state and for the Greater Richmond region. Evonik Corporation’s expansion of its research and development facilities in Chesterfield County and the creation of 50 new jobs is a testament to Virginia’s ability to attract innovative and growing companies to the Commonwealth and will contribute to the long-term economic sustainability of the community.”

“The addition of 50 new high-tech and high-paying jobs in Chesterfield County is great news for the region,” said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “As Evonik expands its footprint in Virginia, welook forward to continuing a long corporate partnership between the company and the Commonwealth.”

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency, and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms. The company is active in over 100 countries around the world.

“Virginia is a great place to do business,” said Dr. Reinhold Brand, senior vice president and general manager of Evonik’s Consumer Specialties business unit in North America. “The state is known as very business-friendly. The region has highly-educated workforce. Talent from all over the world can be attracted to work and live here in Virginia. And it was extremely easy to work with the Governor and his economic development team. Our employees are happy to be in Virginia—and very excited about our bright future with the new facility.”

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The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Chesterfield County and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Former Governor Bob McDonnell approved a $500,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Chesterfield County with the project. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment and training activities.

“We are proud to welcome Evonik to our corporate family,” said Jim Holland, Chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. “As a world leader in the manufacturing and developing of specialty chemicals, we are extremely pleased that they have chosen Chesterfield County for their new Business and Innovation Center. Research and development is one of our target growth markets and this announcement certainly fits well into our economic base. We look forward to their continued growth.”

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