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Balducci’s to Open Reston Town Center Market

by Karen Goff — May 4, 2016 at 4:50 pm 6 Comments

Signature/Credit: Bozzuto

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market has signed a lease to open at The Signature, Boston Properties’ new building at Reston Town Center.

The gourmet market is expected to open when The Signature opens its 508 residential units and nine levels of underground parking in 2018. It is currently under construction at Reston Parkway, Freedom Drive and New Dominion Parkway, on the site of the former surface lot.

Balducci's in McLean/Courtesy Yelp“We are thrilled about joining the Reston community and look forward to bringing our exemplary food selections and impeccable service to new area customers,” John Coleman, a Balducci’s spokesperson, said in a release.

The Reston site will be the eighth full-service store for Balducci’s, with locations operating in New York, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia, the company said.

Balducci’s formerly had a store down the street at The Spectrum, where PetSmart is currently located. The location, formerly a Sutton Place Gourmet, opened in 1996 and closed in 2005. The Balducci’s CEO at the time called it an “underperformer.”

But with hundreds of new apartment and condo units built or planned in the Town Center area, the 2018 timing — and population density — may be better for a new store.

Boston Properties Vice President of Development Rich Ellis said the market will be a “tremendous amenity” for the area.

“Balducci’s is a best in class gourmet market that will serve as a tremendous amenity not only for residents of The Signature, but for the Reston community as a whole,” he said. “Our team is very excited to be partnering with Balducci’s on this exciting new destination.”

Balducci’s will have gourmet groceries, as well as a large prepared food and retail wine selection.

Photos: Top, rendering of Signature/Boston Properties; Bottom, Balducci’s of McLean/Credit: Yelp

  • “Ummm…donuts!”

    Ridiculously expensive “gourmet” food ( or it is just unreasonably expensive?) which mostly tastes and looks like regular food lol. it didn’t really fit in with the general Reston population at the time which still valued merely higher than average prices and good service. Bu since we are now being positioned as an “elite” location, perhaps Balducci can make a go at it the second time around.

  • iDrive To Thrive

    But will they validate parking?

  • LakeAnne Resident

    If you thought Whole Foods was expensive it’s a relative bargain compared to this place.

  • Wings!!

    I just wish we were elite enough to get a Hooters.

    #HootersForReston

  • RestonLyons

    Unfortunately this likely means we won’t have a Wegman’s in Reston. It would be a lot better.

  • ZZTop

    I wish Balducci’s well, but let’s not be under any illusion about what Reston town center is now. It is a plastic town for wealthy singles and childless couples. It will have high end shops, but no proper grocery store. It will have recreational space, but only if you pay for it. The restaurants will think of themselves as high end, but in reality they will just be upscale chains. If you are 25 and single, or 65 and wealthy, enjoy it. It is not a place I ever want to set foot in again.

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