Reston, VA

Monday Morning Notes

Reston Association Meetings Coming Up — RA’s board operations committee will meet virtually on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. A special board governance committee is also set for June 9 at 6:3 p.m. [Reston Association]

Reminder: Free Grocery and Shopping Service for Older Adults — “In response to the increased needs of residents who are 60 years old and older and who require assistance, Fairfax County, through the Health Department’s Neighbor to Neighbor Program (N2N), has launched a free grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up service. The service is provided to seniors at private residences by volunteers who have completed background checks.” [Fairfax County Government]

Outdoors Areas in County Schools Reopen — Outdoor areas like athletic fields on Fairfax County Public Schools’ grounds have officially reopened to the public. Playgrounds remain closed, however. [Fairfax County Public Schools]

Phase 2 May Start Soon — “Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday that more of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions could be lifted as soon as June 5… Northern Virginia leaders said earlier this week they’d be interested in moving to Phase Two at the same time as the rest of the state.” [Inside NoVa]

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In order to respond to the needs of older adults, Fairfax County has launched a new grocery shopping and pharmacy pickup service for older adults.

The health department’s Neighbor to Neighbor Program will pick up groceries and pharmacy orders for free for residents who are above the age of 60. 

The service is available for seniors who live in private residences and need assistance. Volunteers will have completed background checks.

In order to determine eligibility or place an order, residents can all the Fairfax County Aging, Disability and Caregiver Resource line at 703-324-7948.

The service is not available for longterm care retirement communities, assisted living centers, nursing homes, group homes or other facilities.

The program is supported by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Department of Family Services.

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Known for its elaborate cakes, Amphora Bakery is now offing grocery delivery through its sister catering service.

Amphora Catering in Herndon now delivers basic items to customers’ homes without a delivery fee for orders above $75 and within a 10-mile radius, the website said.

“In an effort to support our community, Amphora is offering contact-less delivery of essential ingredients that are increasingly more difficult to come by at the markets or without the potential risk,” the site said.

Offerings include freshly baked bread, milk, eggs, cheese, various meats, veggies, fruits, flour, sugar and bathroom essentials like toilet paper.

Anyone interested can fill out an online cart order and select a delivery day. Deliveries will arrive sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., the site said.

Photo via Sven Scheuermeier/Unsplash

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To adapt to changing demands brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic, an eatery in Reston is adapting to offer a selection of grocery items.

Founding Farmers Reston (1904 Reston Metro Plaza) now delivers groceries and allows customers to sign up for a curbside pickup time slot, according to its website. Called Founding Farmers Market and Grocery, the service will offer booze to go, meals typically made through the eatery’s kitchen and groceries.

Market products include bread, snacks, milk, eggs, meats, pre-sliced deli items, fresh produce, desserts like cookie dough and household items such as paper towels, hand soap, laundry detergent and trash bags.

The grocery market program began on April 17, according to the eatery’s Facebook page and continues to expand its menu.

Customers can choose delivery or curbside pickup time from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., according to the website.

With each grocery order, a $6.99 surcharge will apply to the total, the website said, regardless of the total cost.

Those interested in testing out this service can fill out a virtual cart through Founding Farmer’s online portal and choose a time for pickup or delivery.

As a way to support people struggling during this time, Founding Farmers is offering 50% off for first responders, those in the medical field and employees, the website said.

Photo via Founding Farmers Reston/Facebook

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Sprouts Farmers Market will open its first store in Virginia in Herndon tomorrow (Wednesday). The new market, which offers natural and organic products,  will open at Herndon Centre (494 Elden Street).

A ribbon-cutting ceremony before doors open is planned for 7 a.m.

The first 200 shoppers will receive 20 percent off of their first purchase. Muffin and coffee samples will also be available to serve guests in line before doors open. All customers who make a purchase on the grand opening day will receive a free reusable bag.

To celebrate the opening, Sprouts Health Communities Foundation will donate $5,000 to the YMCA of Reston and Food for Neighbors, which gives nutritious food to youth who are food insecure.

Sprouts also plans to donate unsold and edible groceries to Capital Area Food Bank. Last year, the business donated 27 million pounds of food across the country.

The store is expected to bring 140 jobs to Herndon.

IHOP is slated to open on Oct. 14. No word yet on when LA Fitness and MOD Pizza are expected to open in the center.

Photos by Jay Westcott

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Sprouts Farmers Market has pushed back the opening of its first location in Virginia.

The grocery store, which offers fresh, natural and organic foods, is expected to open on October 2, according to its website. It will be located at 494 Elden Street.

The opening day was pushed back from late August to early October for unknown reasons.

The company did not immediately respond to a request about why this was the case. Last week, Sprouts held two hiring events. It plans to hire 150 employees.

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Sprouts Farmers Market is looking to hire 150 employees for its newest location in Herndon Centre this week.

The grocery story, which offers organic and natural foods, plans to open in Herndon Centre at 494 Elden Street.

Walk-in interviews are scheduled for Thursday (August 22) from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday (August 22) from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Interviews will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn (22400 Flagstaff Plaza).

The store is hiring for cashiers, grocery clerks, meat and produce clerks, as well as staff for the deli and bakery.

The hiring events are scheduled in partnership with Snag.

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The Town of Herndon has a new food store now open in Junction Square.

Marigold International Foods opened at 710 Elden Street, Suite A back in June, a company spokesperson told Reston Now.

Shoppers can find African and Caribbean groceries at Marigold.

The store is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to around 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. on Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. on Sundays.

Marigold joins Lotte Plaza Market, Bestway Supermarket, Safeway and other grocers in downtown Herndon.

Image via Google Maps

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Monday Morning Notes

Lane Closures This Week — Work on phase two of the Silver Line will prompt several lane and ramp closures this week, including Herndon Parkway, Edmund Halley Drive, Sunrise Valley Drive and Sunset Hills Road. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]

If Farsi Is Your Tongue — Fairfax County is seeking volunteers who speak Farsi to help older adults in the community with their groceries. Volunteers are needed in Reston twice a month on weekends or weekdays. [Fairfax County Government]

Feedback on I-95 Corridor Study Sought — “The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, under the leadership of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB), are developing a plan to study Virginia’s 179 miles of the Interstate 95 corridor between the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Alexandria, Virginia and the North Carolina border.” [Virginia Department of Transportation]

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The opening day of Sprouts Farmers Market has been pushed by roughly a month.

The grocer, which offers fresh, natural and organic foods, will open on October 2, instead of the previously announced date of August 28.

A company representative did not immediately indicate why the opening is delayed.

A hiring event has been rescheduled to August 22 and 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn Dulles North (22400 Flagstaff Plaza).

Construction is currently underway as Florida-based real estate investment firm Sterling Organization divides the former big box store into several businesses, including LA FitnessMOD Pizza and IHOP.

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Virginia’s first location of Sprouts Farmers Market opens on Wednesday, Aug. 28 in Herndon.

Construction is currently in progress at the site of the grocer, which is located at 494 Elden Street.

Sprouts is now hiring to fill 150 open positions at the grocer, which offers fresh, natural and organic foods. A hiring fair is set for Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn Dulles-North (22400 Flagstaff Plaza). Applicants should bring a resume and should share a passion for health eating and fresh, organic products.

Construction is currently underway as Florida-based real estate investment firm Sterling Organization divides the former big box store into several businesses, including LA FitnessMOD Pizza and IHOP.

Started 16 years ago, Sprouts Farmers Market currently operates more than 300 stores in 19 states.

A number of vacancies have popped up at the plaza over the last several weeks. So far, no other tenants have been announced for the new part of the plaza.

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Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store will bring about 140 new jobs when it arrives in the Herndon Centre later this year as part of a broader expansion.

The grocer announced today (Jan. 8) that it will open approximately 30 stores this year. Nine of those stores are set to open in the second quarter of 2019, including the one at 494 Elden Street.

With each new store, the grocer expects to bring 140 new jobs to each location, according to the press release.

Reston Now previously reported in September that the natural and organic grocer would join part of the space vacated by Kmart.

Construction is currently underway as Florida-based real estate investment firm Sterling Organization divides the former big box store into several businesses, including LA FitnessMOD Pizza and IHOP.

Started 16 years ago, Sprouts Farmers Market  currently operates more than 300 stores in 19 states.

Sprouts Farmers Market said that opening dates for each store will be shared separately.

Photo via Fatimah Waseem

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Shoppers at Herndon Centre might have noticed a few recent changes to its food offerings.

Several locations in the shopping center have welcomed new grocery stores and restaurants this year — some of which relocated there — along with closures.

Mayuri Indian Restaurant moved to Herndon Centre in July to 390 Elden Street after it closed its Hunters Woods Village Center location in 2016. The restaurant closed its original spot of 10 years after the lease ended, according to the restaurant’s website.

Mayuri’s Herndon Centre spot used to belong to Baker’s Inn Indian Bistro & Cafe, which opened in 2016, according to its Facebook page. While its closing date is unknown, the restaurant was still open in late June, according to Yelp reviews.

Tipicos Gloria relocated about 150 feet from its spot at 482 Elden Street to 470 Elden Street about five months ago, an employee told Reston Now. The Central American eatery’s vacated spot is slated to open early next year as Ramen and Rice, Reston Now previously reported.

As for grocery options, ethnic grocer Lotte Plaza Market opened Dec. 7 at 490 Elden Street.

Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store is expected to take over part of the former Kmart space at 494 Elden Street. Demolition is still underway for that site.

Florida-based real estate investment firm Sterling Organization is dividing the former Kmart spot, Reston Now previously reported. Renderings of the project submitted to the Town of Herndon show the site will be the future home of LA FitnessMOD Pizza and IHOP.

Curry Leaf Fresh Market closed at 378 Elden Street earlier this year. A sign on the door, as of Dec. 17, indicates that the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority “is considering establishing a retail store at this location.”

380 Elden Street, which used to be a Sprint store, has signs indicating the space is available for retailers.

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You have probably heard the news by now: Reston is getting its first Wegmans.

The 80,000-square-foot Wegmans will be a part of Brookfield Properties’ $1.4 billion development by the Silver Line’s planned Reston Town Center Metro station.

The nearly 4 million-square-foot mixed-use development dubbed Halley Rise, formerly known as Reston Crescent, will be located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Reston Parkway and Sunrise Valley Drive.

The project includes new housing, offices and public green space.

The developers are now eyeing neighbors for Wegmans in the 250,000 square feet of planned retail space, which could support between 20 to 30 tenants. A bowling alley concept, movie theater, fitness center and restaurants are all under consideration, the Washington Business Journal reported.

The Wegmans could open as soon as 2022, which is when the first phase of the project is slated to be done. The second phase is aiming for completion in 2026.

With the new development beginning construction in 2019, let us know your thoughts about Halley Rise and the new grocery option.

Photos via Halley Rise and Fairfax County and handout via Brookfield Properties

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Korean grocery chain H Mart will hold its grand opening this Saturday in the Elden Street Marketplace.

Located at 1228 Elden Street, H Mart is taking the spot vacated by Giant Food in November after it relocated to Centreville Road. 

H Mart, which is operated by the Hanahreum Group in New Jersey, describes itself a “one-stop shop for everything Asian and more.” The grocery chain has more than 60 stores across 12 states, including California, Illinois, Georgia and New York. 

The Herndon opening will mark H Mart’s seventh store in Virginia, with stores already in Falls Church, Annadale and Fairfax, according to the website.

The grand opening starts at 9 a.m. on Dec. 22 and will include free gifts for its Smart Card members and giveaways.

Photo via Google Maps

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