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Fill This Space: Lakeside Pharmacy at Lake Anne Plaza

by Karen Goff August 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm 7 Comments

Former Lakeside Pharmacy1It has been nearly a year since Lakeside Pharmacy at Lake Anne Plaza shut its doors after more than four decades in business.

Former owner Larry Cohn, who was also the pharmacist, retired last year when the building was sold to investors. There have been several prospective tenants, but so far no one has signed to take over the space.

Lakeside Pharmacy — with its campy drugstore art on the outside of the building — was the last original store at Lake Anne Village Center (now Lake Anne Plaza). For generations of Restonians it was the place to go for everything from filling a prescription to mailing a package (it had a U.S. Post Office outlet inside) to enjoying a hamburger and fries at the old-school lunch counter.

The site can be rented all as one unit, or as two separate ones if a tenant wanted to just operate the former lunch counter space. The space overlooks both the plaza and the lake.

The pharmacy space, along with the rest of the businesses on the plaza, have historical designation — as well as residences above them — and cannot be drastically altered. The plans for Lake Anne Revitalization will also not be changing that area of the plaza.

Other changes happening soon at Lake Anne Plaza: New ownership for the Lake Anne Coffee House, which will undergo a major menu and interior upgrade, and Reston’s first microbrewery, which plans to open next month.

What do you think would do well in the space? Tell us in the comments.

  • CE

    Mama Wok should move there.

  • Wings!!


  • Walter

    How about putting in a Meth Lab?

    • east297

      Really….not one there already?

  • O-O

    How about a restaurant whose schtick is to exploit women!

    • Henry Rearden

      You mean the place where lots of tired, old and lonely men go looking for compassion and drop a ton of money in “tips”? The women are not the exploited ones

  • Lake Anne Resident

    They need to move those women who are cooking awesome Mexican food out of the back of the Lake Anne Mart into that space. Everything is from scratch and the tacos and tamales are incredible. I’ll put any of their cooking up against Uncle Julio’s or Bar Taco any day.


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