Despite years of speculation, the developer behind the old Allegheny Warehouses at 1802 Semmes Ave on the border of Manchester and Swansboro announced that their development will likely not include a grocery store at a local community meeting.
Harper Associates and their representatives have worked for years to bring either a national or local grocery store tenant to the parcel they refer to as Manchester Town Center, but have received no interest. The Richmond Times-Dispatch just did an article on the development and here is what they had to say:
‘“My client acquired the property to develop it as a grocery-anchor retail center,” said T. Preston Lloyd Jr., an attorney with Williams Mullen who is representing Manchester Town Center. Harper Associates has acquired, developed, constructed and managed retail shopping centers including Chippenham Forest Square off Chippenham Parkway and Forest Hill Avenue and the Kroger Center at North Lombardy and West Broad streets.
“But after having conversations with every grocery operator in the market or interested in the market, no one is interested in moving forward there,” Lloyd said. “All of the grocery stores say either this is not a good time to look for new properties or they are not expanding here.”
The developer has begun to rethink what the 12.8-acre parcel might become, he said.
One possibility is putting an unspecified number of town homes on the site.’
You can read the full Richmond Times Dispatch article here: Developer of Manchester parcel rethinking what the property might become without major grocery store.