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Fill This Space: Hunters Woods Dairy Queen

by Karen Goff December 5, 2014 at 9:00 am 13 Comments

Dairy Queen Hunters WoodsIt has been nearly three months since Dairy Queen at Hunters Woods Village Center shut its doors.

The store abruptly closed in September after more than 15 years at the location. The Dairy Queen owners said that Edens, the company that owns the village center, did not renew its lease.

But the corner location is one of several vacancies for Hunters Woods, which underwent a huge facelift project two years ago.

The store’s departure leaves several vacancies in the same stretch at Hunters Woods. Two doors down, Solar Planet Tanning Studio closed in August after failing to reach a lease agreement.   The space formerly housing At Play Cafe has been vacant since 2011. The space formerly housing Lady of America Fitness is also vacant, as space in the stand-alone section that houses Unleashed by Petco and Dunkin Donuts.

A local restaurant, Chintos Burritos, had signed a lease for the space by Unleashed earlier this year, but had to back our when financing fell through.

A check of Fairfax County permits, which are necessary before any remodeling or changes can be done for an new retail space, shows nothing in the works right now for any of Hunters Woods’ vacancies.

What would you like to see go in Dairy Queen’s space? Tell us in the comments.

  • CE

    Amsterdam Falafel

  • HW Captive

    Chop’t, California Tortilla, a smoothie place all sound good to me.

  • Robert Mowbray

    The last facelift I recall was around 1990 or 1995, and it replaced a shaded compact pedestrian friendly area with an ugly sprawling treeless area.

    • Karen Goff

      In 1997, they rebuilt the whole place. In 2012-13, they reconfigured the parking lot and gave a new color scheme, paint, signage, to the outside. That is what I am referring to.

  • Sunny Butter

    A police substation!

  • Rational Reston

    Just to get the usual suspects out of the way: Wegman’s, Trader Joe’s, Hooters, something organic, something locally grown, some vegetarian thing, an art gallery….am I missing anything?

    Realistically though it’s a fairly small footprint. I don’t have any ideas of what could fit in that space and fill some sort of need AND make money for the business.

    • Karen Goff

      Bookstore of course! 🙂

      • Rational Reston

        I knew there was something else! Thanks for completing the list.:)

        Maybe we can add a 50m indoor pool and indoor tennis facility too!

  • taffytoo

    i think unfortunately Hunters woods is not as safe as it once was,consequently I can understand the idea of a police substation..However i think a Claire’s would do well.

  • HW

    Paint your own pottery type place. Whatever comes in has to market non-pilferable articles. Small businesses cannot afford the shoplifting rate that the Safeway and drugstore have to absorb. That limits the possibilities. Also, the perception of that area not being safe exceeds the reality.

  • Megan

    Matchbox Pizza!

  • Cluster Tycoon

    Reston Association needs to have a community presence, a place where you can pick up the pool passes, pay your dues, register for classes, report a violation, submit an application for a redesign, vote for a board member, buy hats t’s tennis rackets bocce equipment, and many innovative new things that the old board members cannot think of. how about it already. o yea the funds

  • Azurra

    Board game / hobby store; bakery; yarn or quilting store; or thrift store.


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