Fill This Space: A Look at Some of Reston’s Longest Vacancies

by Karen Goff July 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1,180 31 Comments

Reston Now occasionally highlights some of the area’s vacant spaces for your thoughts on what should open instead.

Often, the vacancy is filled practically by the time we get your thoughts. Sometimes, though, the vacancy lingers.

We’ve pulled together some of Reston’s longest spots sitting empty for an all-star edition. We left out Tall Oaks Village Center. While the 70,000 square foot retail center is only about 16 percent occupied, its new owners are planning to redevelop the center into mainly residential.

We also did not include anything where a new lease has been signed and work is being done to open soon, such as at the former Lakeside Inn, where Red’s Table is working towards an August opening.

Among the spaces:

Lady of America Fitness Center, Hunters Woods (Oct. 2103)

At Play Cafe, Hunters Woods (Feb. 2012)

Champps, Plaza America (Oct. 2013)

Burger King, North Point (Feb. 2014)

Have any thoughts on what should go in these empty spaces? Tell us in the comments below.

  • G Taylor

    I d like to see a new venue where you can buy fresh beef from the farm and grill it yourself right at your own table. Also, a similar concept perhaps but wood oven pizza with fresh ingredients. Wine in all cases maybe beer. Place should be minimalist to keep prices down.

    • Mike M

      Sounds like your backyard?

      • vdiv

        This is Reston, chances are they don’t have a back yard or are not allowed to use it in any meaningful way.

        • Mike M

          I must live in a very special part of Reston.

    • Tom

      Kramer already had that idea 20 years ago: “It’s a pizza place where you make your own pie! We give you the dough, the sauce, the cheese…you pound it, slap it, you flip it up into the air…you put your toppings on and you slide it into the oven! Sounds good, huh?”

  • Ricky Spanish

    27 minutes and still no comment from … Software ball for one commenter…

  • Jack Morelli

    Those open retail spots in Hunters Woods are prime locations for Bail Bondsmen, Car Title Loans, ABC Store, or an Asian Massage Parlor.

    • Mike M

      Nail parlors!

    • Sorebonius

      Do you wanna make the banana cry?

    • Emmanuel Goldstein

      I would also suggest a check cashing place

  • Emmanuel Goldstein

    I think any and all of these spots make a perfect location for a Hooters. It would bring much joy to the community.

    • Mike M

      You have caught the fever!

  • JGriff

    North Point – NOT FAST FOOD, but rather a Corner Bakery or Pret A Manger or le Pain Quotidien – somewhere I can get a nice salad, etc. I know people are going to disagree, but we DO NOT NEED ANOTHER CHICK-FIL-A.

    • vdiv

      OK, a KFC, a Popeyes, or a Bojangles then 😉

    • Chuck Morningwood

      Sorry, Dude (or Dudette). I refuse to eat anything that comes from A Manger.

    • Ming the Merciless

      The CFA across from Target is always jam-packed inside and has a long line of cars at the drive-through.

      Demonstrating, to those who still believe in outmoded concepts like “supply and demand”, that we do indeed need another CFA.

    • JoeInReston


      That is indeed the business that is rumored to be replacing Burger King. Did you hear the rumor also or do you just dislike Chick-Fil-A greatly?

      • JGriff

        Yes that is the rumor. I like Chik-Fil-A, I just don’t want one in North Point. Actually, Starbucks should move to that location for the drive-thru.

      • John Keady

        Given that the Chick-Fil-A near Target may close when development comes to that particualar corner, I have no issue with it moving to North Point

  • Wings!!

    So many places for a Hooters….


  • UStifosi .

    DHS – Immigration Office – With a drive through for instant citizenship

    • Chuck Morningwood

      I’m an optimist. I was hoping for an instant deportation window.

      • UStifosi .

        Ken Plum will working the drive thru wearing his Sanctuary City t-shirt

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Turn the Giant’s into a Dinner Theatre.

  • Emmanuel Goldstein

    They could put another police station in Hunters woods and do something about all those miscreants & thugs

  • Reston Realist
  • Greg

    Section 8 apartments in them all.

    • BossHogg

      Enough of those near Hunter Woods the way it is. Nothing but ESL students setting off fireworks the last full week

  • Karen Goff

    noted. Fixed. Thanks. 🙁

  • Rich_C

    Where in Hunter Woods is Jersey Mike’s going? My guess was the old Dairy Queen spot.

  • Emily

    A burger joint would be great in either Hunter Woods or North Point. Melt burger and Burger Fi opened in Leesburg in shopping centers and they were huge hits (and delicious). North point would be good to have some outdoor seating.


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