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Cloverleaf Mall Sale Paves the Way for Mid-Atlantic’s Largest Kroger

Stonebridge Realty Holdings purchased 28.4 acres of the former Cloverleaf Mall site from the Chesterfield County Economic Development Authority for $5.7 million. This transaction will allow the demolition of the Cloverleaf Mall and construction of a flagship Kroger with fuel pumps and additional retail shops. Work on the site is scheduled to begin the week of October 17th.

Dan Gecker, Midlothian District Supervisor stated, “This long awaited project can now begin. Despite difficult economic times, we will now start the revitalization of the Cloverleaf Mall site and the Eastern Midlothian Turnpike corridor.”

Kroger plans to open its 123,000 square foot store, the largest in the Mid Atlantic region, as well as an associated fuel station, by November 2012. Stonebridge Realty Holdings will purchase the remaining 54.6 acres of the former Cloverleaf Mall site over the next several years to complete its planned mixed use, retail, office and multi-family residential Stonebridge development.

The Stonebridge project is expected to spur additional investment and renewal in the surrounding area. This revitalization effort was made possible through a working partnership among the County, the Chesterfield County Economic Development Authority, the Chippenham Place Community Development Authority, Stonebridge Realty Holdings and Kroger.

Demolition will include the main mall building as well as the Tire America and movie theater buildings. Firestone and Bank of America will remain open during demolition and construction.


Free Event Scheduled: Doing Business with Government

Chesterfield Economic Development invites you to join us for a “Business Resource Roundtable – Doing Business with Government”

Monday, September 19, 2011
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Meadowdale Library
4301 Meadowdale Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23234-5467

Topics include government procurement at the federal, state and local level and government resources available that support entrepreneurship and business growth.

Scheduled Speakers: Joanne Tompkins, Crater Procurement Assistance Center, Dave Fuller, Virginia Department of Business Assistance, Mike Bacile, Chesterfield County Purchasing, and Karen Aylward, Chesterfield Economic Development.

This is a free event but space is limited so reservations are required.

Please register by calling Karen Aylward at 804-318-8550 or email to


Midlothian, Virginia Named a Perfect Suburb by CNBC has posted a list of 10 “perfect suburbs” and Midlothian, Virginia is number six on the list.

To create the list, CNBC consulted Location, Inc., the data and analysis company and creator of the consumer reference site NeighborhoodScout.

The analysts used their bank of databases to find the suburbs with the best mix of affordable housing, good schools, educated neighbors, low crime, employment, and reasonable commutes.

Andrew Schiller of NeighborhoodScout explains why these good suburbs are hard to find: “Americans have been leaving the central cities for the suburbs for years in search of more elbow room, better schools, less crime, more affordable home prices, and other amenities. But as many suburbs matured, crime followed, schools declined, and housing prices crept up. So people moved further out. The result was … that to find those good schools and family-friendly environments, a family would have to trade off with a very long commute that itself can be costly in both real dollars and time lost. And those close-in suburbs that maintained low crime and great schools with nice homes? They became so expensive that most Americans were priced out. Hardly a perfect suburb if one cannot afford to buy a home there.”


9/11 Commemorative Concert at Henricus Relocated to Clover Hill High School

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Due to the recent inclement weather, the 9/11 commemorative concert by the Richmond Symphony originally scheduled at Henricus Historical Park is relocating to Clover Hill High School, Sunday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m.

Clover Hill High School is located at 13301 Kelly Green Lane, Midlothian. For more information, visit


Amy Sheets
Chesterfield County Department of Public Affairs
(804) 318-8314


Cuore to Hire 400 by End of the Year in Chesterfield

Tara Morgan of NBC12 reports on the plans of Cuore to hire 400 new workers.

In this bleak job market, a Chesterfield company is breathing new life into an old call center. It’s looking to fill several hundred positions by the end of the year…

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Video of Mazda Expansion in Chesterfield

Mazda officially opened a second line of remanufactured parts. In addition to rebuilt engines, Chesterfield facility also remanufactures transmissions.

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Mazda Adds Transmission Remanufacturing Line in Chesterfield County

Only Facility of Its Kind in North America.

Chesterfield County is pleased to announce that Mazda North American Operations is adding an automatic transmission remanufacturing line at its Rotary Engine Remanufacturing facility in the County. Mazda will invest $2.3 million and add 21 full time jobs.

In addition to the rotary engine remanufacturing line the facility also includes a power steering pump line, a dealer training center and information call center. Mazda has established a power train investigation group to perform in-depth analysis of failed units and provide feedback to improve its future designs and diagnostic capabilities. The company currently employs 41 full time and 29 temporary employees at this facility.

“Mazda is thrilled with its location in Chesterfield County, it has enabled us to effectively serve our desired distribution area,” said Mazda’s Vice President of Customer Service and Parts, Yasuo Kunita. “With the quality workforce in Chesterfield, the facility’s central east coast location and the continued support and assistance of Chesterfield Economic Development, we have been able to deliver quality service to our customers efficiently and cost effectively. We look forward to doing the same with our transmission line.”

The Automatic Transmission Line will disassemble and remanufacture Mazda automatic transmissions for the MAZDA3 and MAZDA5. The projected volume is 3,000 units per year. On the Rotary Remanufacturing Line, Mazda disassembles and rebuilds its one-of-a-kind Renesis rotary engine, used in the rotary-powered RX-8 sports car and produced over 5,000 remanufactured engines last year. The Power Steering Pump Line disassembles, remanufactures, and tests power steering pumps in support of the power steering pump recall for the MAZDA3 and MAZDA5 and has remanufactured over 150,000 pumps in 11 months of operation. Mazda expects to produce almost 200,000 pumps in support of the recall. The Training Center facility houses the training center for dealer technicians as well as a technical assistance hotline.

“We are extremely pleased that Mazda Motor Corporation is expanding in Chesterfield County. They are a prominent member of our international manufacturing community and we are proud that they are expanding as a result of the success they have experienced in Chesterfield.” said Art Warren, Chairman, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors.

Mazda leases 133,000 square feet of space from Weingarten Realty in Enterchange @ Walthall, Building A. The building is located at the Walthall interchange on Ruffin Mill Road and is in the Walthall Enterprise Zone.

In addition to Chesterfield Economic Development; Mazda will be assisted in their expansion process by Virginia Jobs Investment Program and the State Enterprise Zone Program.

Contact: Tamara Mlynarczyk, Sr. Representative, Public Affairs, Mazda North American Operations (202) 467-5092


Networking Technologies & Support Expanding Headquarters Operation in Chesterfield

Governor McDonnell Announces 140 New Jobs in Chesterfield County

Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that Networking Technologies and Support Inc. (NTS) will invest $1.5 million to expand its headquarters operation in Chesterfield County. The project will create 140 new jobs over the next three years.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “What began as a two-person IT company in Chesterfield County in 1997 has grown to a national business that serves 15 states. I am thrilled that NTS has maintained its Virginia roots, and with this project will expand its headquarters operations still located in Chesterfield. The addition of 140 new jobs will bring the company’s employee total to nearly 300 people. I look forward to NTS’ continued growth and success.”

“To grow from two employees to a successful company of 280 speaks volumes about NTS’ capability,” said Jim Cheng, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “The company has built a solid customer base serving the IT needs of health centers in the mid-Atlantic, and with this expansion will increase client capacity.”

NTS is a full service systems integrator providing customers with a single source for a broad range of high-technology products and services. The company has a national service delivery capability and is currently servicing 22 major metropolitan locations in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

“Family and quality of life are of utmost importance to our NTS employees”, states Bernard Robinson, President and CEO of NTS. “Add to that an extensive labor pool of skilled technology individuals and an excellent economic climate, the logical choice for our headquarters and expansion is Chesterfield County, Virginia.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Chesterfield County to secure the project for Virginia. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment, training and retraining activities. The company also qualifies for a Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit.

“The growth of our existing business is the heartbeat of economic development. We are so pleased to see Networking Technologies and Support expand in Chesterfield County and create 140 new jobs,” said Dan Gecker, Board of Supervisors, Midlothian District.


First Choice Business Award Winners Recognized

Wednesday evening night, the Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Jay Stegmaier and Economic Development Director Will Davis recognized the First Choice Business Award winners for 2011.

The Business of the Year Award went to Austin Brockenbrough & Associates LLP. Partners Carrie Langelotti, Craig Matthews and Bruce Sadler were present to receive the recognition.

The Employee Impact Award went to Priority Automotive. Bob Saunders, general manager of Priority Toyota; Jacy Poul, general manager of Priority Nissan; and Roger Johnson, general sales manager of Priority Kia attended.

The Community Impact Award was received by Hoover and Strong, represented by CEO George Hoover and President Torry Hoover.

The Environmental Stewardship Award was presented to Ironbridge Sports Park, represented by General Manager Stacy Bolton.

The Innovation Impact Award was given to ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center. Joyce Steed, general manager, and Jill Bunn, PREP outreach director, were present to receive the award.

For more information contact Tina Shreve at 804-318-8564, or email


Four Companies Add Jobs in Chesterfield This Week

Richmond Times-Dispatch writer Zachary Reid has posted an article about the four new economic development projects announced in Chesterfield this week.

The Shoosmith Brothers landfill joined a nearly weeklong parade of capital investment and job creation in Chesterfield, unveiling on Wednesday morning a recycling center that will divert 100 tons to 200 tons a day of waste out of the landfill and ultimately back into the consumer market. It will employ about 30 people.

Gov. Bob McDonnell also announced Wednesday that Chesterfield will be home to a $1 million distribution center for Emerson Ecologies. The company makes nutritional supplements for the health-care market. Its facility could employ up to 60 people.

The Shoosmith and Emerson projects were the third and fourth major jobs-related developments in Chesterfield this week, following projects involving the groundbreaking for an aquatics center and the announcement of a large entertainment complex. They total about $37 million in investment and 260 jobs.

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