GNC plans to close its location at North Point Village Center after the company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early last week.
The vitamins and supplements retailer plans to close between 800 and 1,200 stores across the country.
A company representative told Reston Now the Reston location, which is located at 1456 North Point Drive, will likely shutter its doors within the next two weeks. An exact closing date has not yet been determined.
In a June 23 letter to its customers, the company stated that the COVID-19 pandemic “created a situation where we are unable to accomplish our refinancing and the abrupt change in the operating environment has had a negative impact on our business.”
Here’s more from the letter:
As a result, we felt the best opportunity for us to continue to improve our capital structure and address certain operational issues was to restructure through a Chapter 11 reorganization. This gives us the opportunity to improve our balance sheet while continuing to advance our business strategy, right-size our corporate store portfolio, and strengthen our brands to protect the long-term sustainability of our company.
Other Virginia locations are also closing, including the stores in Vienna, Sterling, Franklin and Charlottesville.
Photo by Laura Crielly
Fire investigators say that a fire at North Point Village Center last week was caused by a lightning strike.
The June 11 fire was contained to the former location of The Boston Market, which has been vacant since July.
No injuries were reported and no occupants were present during the incident. Fire and rescue crews responded to the scene after a delivery person noticed the flames from the roof at around 3 a.m. that day.
The incident resulted in nearly $75,000 in damages, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
A fire also occurred on the roofline of the same building in August 2019.
Photos via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
A fire broke out in North Point Village Center around 3 a.m. today (Thursday).
Crews from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department quickly extinguished the fire, which was primarily isolated to the building’s roof.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. No injuries were reported.
Damages are estimated at $75,000.
The village center was also vandalized with swastikas and other graffiti last month.
Photos via Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
The outpouring of generosity in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic has been incredible. I continue to learn of people who have responded in remarkable ways to the needs that have been brought on by the quarantine or that have been recognized as a result of our having to stay home. The lack of face masks resulted in dozens of persons working alone or as part of groups to sew face masks and make them available to first responders, medical staff and others. Access to food has been a major concern, and numerous food pantries and distribution centers have been expanded or established to make food available to those in need. Food donations have come pouring in. For a list of places where you can respond to the food crisis, my website, kenplum.com, includes a Food Resources Directory. I am so pleased and honored to live in such a caring community.
Just as I am celebrating the goodness of our community, some misguided individual or individuals show up and for whatever their motivation decide to spray paint hate symbols on the sidewalks and buildings in one of our shopping centers. For whatever has happened in their lives to fill them with the hate they express, they are unable to exist in an open society that so many worked hard to establish. Graffiti with the worst of the hate words and symbols is bad enough, but in our state and throughout the country there are too many acts of bullying and violence. The Southern Poverty Law Center tracks more than a thousand hate groups with 36 of them located in Virginia. That is why in the last session of the legislature I introduced a bill that the Governor has signed into law to strengthen our hate crime penalties.
I thank Rabbi Michael G. Holzman of the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation for his “Call for Courage” after the recent hate event in Reston for providing me a meaningful perspective: “The solution is to call these symbols what they are, marks of cowardice. While they claim to communicate hate and fear, they really belie the underlying weakness and loneliness of the perpetrator. We are all afraid, and courage is the ability to face a fear and carry on despite it. Cowards allow fear to drive their decisions and actions, undermining one’s duties and purpose.” (Full statement is at www.nvhcreston.org.)
I concur with Rabbi Holzman’s recommendation as to what we should do: “The moment calls for courage. We invite everyone to drown these cowardly messages with the message “Hate has No Home Here.” Write this on sidewalks, take photos, use the hashtag, and post it online. Let us show Reston, Herndon, Vienna, Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth and the Country that we go forward together.” And I would add, let us continue to show through our acts of generosity and support for our neighbors and those in need in this time of a pandemic that we are a caring and compassionate community. Hate has no place here! (Hate Has No Home Here yard signs available for purchase at hatehasnohome.org)
Financial hardship created COVID-19 has forced a local beauty spa and studio in North Point Village Center to shutter its doors.
Ellada Studio (1458 North Point Village Center) closed its doors after the owner struggled to pay $20,000 in monthly rent and other expenses. The owner told Reston Now that the business received no relief from its landlord despite promises of receiving a lower rate before the COVID-19 crisis.
In a May 15 letter to the tenant, Lerner Corp stated that the business’s “obligation to pay rent is unaffected by the current circumstances or any event of force majeure.”
“Then they changed their mind and demanded the difference and the dollars for the time [we were closed],” Aidana Ablyazova, the co-owner, told Reston Now. She partners with her mom, Nurgul, to run the business.
Although the U.S. Small Business Administration offered a $10,000 grant, that amount was nowhere near enough to cover half of the studio’s rent or payroll. The owner applied for other federal grants, but received nothing. The owner and employees will now move over to Taaj Beauty Lounge, a beauty salon in Tysons Corner.
“The business itself is dead,” Ablyazova said. “But my employees are coming with me and I’m going as an employee to now.”
She says it doesn’t make sense to rent or have a business during the public health crisis.
The mother-daughter duo first opened Ellada Studio at North Point Village Center in November 2016.
Hair Cuttery, which is located at 1434 North Point Village Center, also appears to have closed, according to a message posted on its storefront.
Photos by Laura Crielly
Swastikas were discovered in North Point Village Center today (Wednesday).
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, several swastikas were spray painted on the sidewalk and along the concrete of the shopping center.
The word “Lucifer” was also found on the wall of a building. FCPD says the case — which was classified as a hate or bias incident — remains an active investigation
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn issued the following statement about the incident:
Acts of hate will not be tolerated. And vandalism and hate crimes are both criminal acts. Throughout this pandemic we have witnessed tremendous community spirit and goodness and I am confident that will continue. The Police Department is investigating and I encourage anyone with information related to this incident to call the Police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131.
A group of neighbors bought lunch for workers who cleaned the spray paint. A thank you sign was left on the building.
A new waxing salon is coming soon to North Point Village Center.
An exact opening date has not been announced yet.
The Texas-based company has located across. The company offers waxing services, including eyebrow waxing, facial hair removal and Brazilian waxing.
Photo via Google Maps
Now, a new bagel cafe is planned in the space vacated by Great China (1484 North Point Village Center).
The county approved a permit for Bobby’s Bagel Cafe in the village center. Reston Now was unable to reach the owner for more information. The village center’s property manager did not immediately return a request for comment.
Staff photo by Jay Westcott
Jerry’s Subs and Pizza in North Point Village Center appears to have closed.
The restaurant’s signage was removed late last week.
Jerry’s was located at 1432 North Point Village Center. The Reston location reopened in the center in June after a fire forced the business to close in January.
No other information was immediately available.
The village center has several other vacancies. Great China closed in early September. A building permit indicates a new restaurant is expected to replace the Chinese restaurant.
Photo by Laura Crielly
Mathnasium, a learning center that offers customized math tutoring, officially opened its doors in North Point Village Center today (Monday).
Assessments for placement begin this week at the Reston location (1424 North Point Village Center). The business will be open for instructional hours on October 15.
For now, the business is open for assessments from Monday through Thursday from 3-8 p.m and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No testing is offered on Sunday or Friday.
To celebrate its opening, Mathnasium has launched a grand opening sweepstakes — which offers up a free six-month membership to the Reston location.
Mathnasium also has a location in Herndon (2485 Centreville Road).
Photo courtesy Mathnasium/Facebook
Great China appears to have closed its doors for good at North Point Village Center.
The restaurant had its windows papered last week, according to a reader-submitted photo. As of today (Sept. 9), the sign is now gone at the restaurant’s spot at 1484 North Point Village Center.
The restaurant is no longer listed in the shopping center’s directory.
A building permit indicates that the address will be home to a new restaurant.
Hat tip to Laura Crielly
Second photo courtesy Laura Crielly
As fall descends on the region, North Point Village Center is hosting a fall kick-off event next month.
The event, which is set for September 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Point Village Center, will include fun, food and prizes.
A guest appearance is scheduled between noon at 2 p.m. — although details have not been released yet.
The kick-off event will also include an obstacle course, moon bounce, and other games.
The event is free and open to all. The village center is located at 1452 North Point Village Center.
Photo via North Point Village Center/Facebook
A small fire broke out on the roof of a business in North Point Village Center (1452 Reston Parkway) yesterday (Wednesday).
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department contained the fire, which broke out around 5:30 p.m. that day.
Two medic units were dispatched to the scene, but no injuries were reported.
The fire happened on the roof line of the former Boston Market, which closed last month.
No other information about the incident was immediately available. The cause of the incident has not yet been determined.
Photo by Alex Schneider
Boston Market in North Point Village Center has officially closed.
A company spokesperson told Reston Now that the restaurant, which is known for its takeout rotisserie chicken, had its last day of business on Sunday, July 7.
The closure comes as nearly 10 percent of Boston Market locations across the country shutter, including the Sterling location in Cascades Marketplace.
“We must take steps to ensure our operational structure will support long-term sustainability,” wrote CEO Frances Allen in a letter. “Part of that effort involves continuously analyzing our geographic footprint and real estate portfolio to assess the ongoing viability of locations.”
The next closest Boston Market is in Fairfax at 13059 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway.
Photo by Laura Crielly
The manager of the Reston location said reopening took some time because of construction and replacements required for kitchen hoods.
“We’re excited to be open. Business has been good so far,” the manager told Reston Now.
The fast-casual cheesesteak, sub sandwich and pizza franchise has more than two dozen locations in Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, according to its website.
Image via Google Maps