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Closed: Lane Bryant at Spectrum Center

Closed Lane Bryant store at Spectrum

Lane Bryant, the plus size women’s clothing store, has quietly closed its location in Reston.

The store, part of a national chain, had been operating at 1815 Spectrum Center for about 20 years.

The windows are completely papered over and the sign is gone as of Wednesday.

If you are a Lane Bryant shopper, there are nearby locations at Dulles Town Crossing and Fair Lakes Center.

No permits have been filed for the space.

This could be the start of vacancies at Spectrum as the shopping center prepares for a major redevelopment. The Spectrum was planned as a strip mall as a temporary measure and was always intended by developer Lerner to be a high-density, mixed-use center eventually.

While no start date for redevelopment has been set, land use-watchers have said as leases expires, watch for stores to remain vacant to prepare for redevelopment.

In early 2013, the Board of Supervisors approved changes to the plans for the Spectrum to include 774,879 square feet of non-residential use; 1,422 multifamily residential units in seven new residential buildings; underground parking; and new streets and bike trails.

Read more about plans for Spectrum on this previous Reston Now story.

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Not Your Average Joe’s Plans December Opening

Rendering of Not Your Average Joe's in Reston/Credit: NYAJ

Not Your Average Joe’s, the new restaurant headed for the former Romano’s Macaroni Grill at 1845 Fountain Drive in Reston, plans to open in December, according to the NYAJ website.

The Massachusetts-based chain signed a lease in August. Construction crews are busy remodeling the space.

The building has been vacant since Macaroni Grill abruptly closed its doors in December of 2014.

The new tenant came somewhat as a surprise as Spectrum, owned by Lerner Enterprises, plans a massive, mixed-use development at what is now a strip shoping center.

Nearly three years ago, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved 774,879 square feet of non-residential use; 1,422 multifamily residential units (with 12 percent set aside for affordable housing) in seven new residential buildings; and underground parking for Spectrum.

No final plans or permits have been filed with Fairfax County, and some development sources think the redevelopment could take about 10 years.

NYAJ has more than a dozen locations nationwide, including Virginia locations in Woodbridge and Leesburg.

NYAJ’s menu includes $1 oyster Happy Hour on Mondays; stone hearth pizza; custom burgers; a wide selection of beer, wine and speciality cocktails; and a large kids menu.

Rendering of NYAJ Reston/Credit: NYAJ

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Closed: Reston’s Macaroni Grill

Macaroni Grill Reston/File photoRomano’s Macaroni Grill at the Spectrum has closed its doors.

The restaurant, located at 1845 Fountain Dr., closed Thursday, a company spokesman said after the closure was first reported by Restonian.org. The spokesman did not give a reason why.

Macaroni Grill was acquired by Ignite Restaurant Group this year, and many branches nationwide have been closed in a cost-cutting measure.

Also, The Spectrum, like several other Reston shopping centers, is scheduled to undergo a major renovation in the next few years. The Spectrum is owned by Lerner Enterprises.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the overhaul in early 2013.

The future plan for The Spectrum includes 774,879 square feet of non-residential use; 1,422 multifamily residential units (with 12 percent set aside for affordable housing) in seven new residential buildings; 38 percent open space; underground and structure parking; LEED certifications; two new east-west streets and expanded bike trails and pedestrian access.

It will be divided this way:

Land Bay A (where Best Buy and The Container Store are located) is planned for 546 dwelling units, 255 hotel rooms, 172,000 square feet of office, and 62,500 square feet of retail uses.

Land Bay B (where PetSmart and On the Border are located) is planned for 643 dwelling units, 270 hotel rooms, and 48,650 square feet of retail uses.

Land Bay C (where Harris Teeter is located) is planned for 237 residential units and 134,896 square feet of retail and bank uses. Only Harris Teeter will remain — and expand into the current Office Depot space — in the redevelopment.

Additionally, Land Bay B will wrap around the planned 23-story office tower at Bowman Towne Drive and Reston Parkway. That building, which will contain retail and 18 stories of offices, was approved by the supervisors in September 2012.

A real estate source previously said that The Spectrum redevelopment could take 10 years, and that stand-alone buildings such as Macaroni Grill’s would likely be the first to go.

Macaroni Grill was one of the original tenants of The Spectrum, which opened in the mid-1990s.

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