Wegmans plans to open an urban-style store in Tysons Corner as part of a massive expansion of Capital One’s corporate headquarters the two companies announced Monday.
The store will be part of a mixed-use building with either apartments or offices upstairs on Capital One’s property at the intersection of the Capital Beltway and Route 123 near the McLean stop on the Silver Line.
Final details and approvals of the planned store are still being finalized but Capital One plans to have Wegmans open there in 2019, the company said in a statement. It could be the third smaller, urban-style store for the chain, following locations near its own headquarters in Rochester, N.Y. and in suburban Boston.
“We do real well in proximity to office buildings not only because of the lunchtime business but because people pick up things on the way home,” said Ralph Uttaro, senior vice president of real estate for Wegmans.
Uttaro said he expects the urban-style Tysons store to be about 80,000 square feet, while most of the company’s stores in rural or suburban areas of the commonwealth are at least 120,000 square feet.
He said the company decided to move forward after seeing strong sales at its second smaller, urban store, in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
“That store is kind of a vertical-style building. It opened last June and it’s done pretty successfully. It pretty much has all of our offerings but scaled down a little bit,” Uttaro said.
With the Silver Line running, high-rise apartments open for rent and developers planning millions of square feet of new projects, grocery stores and other retailers have begun to take to Tysons.
Wegmans’ announcement that it finally has a deal to open comes a month after Whole Foods landed its own Tysons location, which will be part of a development called the Boro near the Greensboro Metro stop. Wegmans has popular stores in Fairfax and Lanham and has been scouring Tysons and D.C. for more locations. A previously proposed deal to open in Tysons fell through.
The planned store will be part of a massive headquarters expansion for Capital One, including a headquarters tower that will be the second tallest building in the area after the Washington Monument.
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In all, Fairfax County has approved development of up to 5 million square feet on the campus, including high-rise housing, office space, a hotel, shopping and civic space.
“The addition of Wegmans – widely recognized as a top supermarket and retail employer — will help fuel the transformation of Tysons into an urban center that is a remarkable destination to live, work and play,” said Barry Mark, vice president of workplace solutions for Capital One.
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