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At his presentation to the Greater Richmond Chamber this past Thursday at St.John’s Church, Mayor Jones touched on a number of topics, including building seeing a grocery store built at 25th and Nine Mile roads:
The city wants to draw more businesses, especially small retailers and a grocer, to the East End. Peter H. Chapman, the city’s deputy chief administrative officer for economic and community development, said after the mayor’s speech that the city is still working to draw those companies to the East End, especially along North 25th Street and Nine Mile Road.
Chapman said that visit will occur no later than the fall and that a decision will be made on which grocer to work with at the intersection of 25th Street and Nine Mile by the end of 2012.
The first mention on CHPN of this grocery store was almost exactly 6 years ago. At a 7th District Meeting in 2006 hosted by then-city council person Delores McQuinn, we were given a timetable that would have seen the store open for business years ago:
No specific timeline is currently available, though the project is intended to be underway sooner rather than later – more towards 2 years than 5 or 10. An audiance member pointed out that a similar clearing had happened in Fulton Bottom 40 years ago, and that there was still vacant land.