Edens & Avant to redevelop Shops at West Falls Church
West Falls Church, Va. Columbia, S.C.-based Edens & Avant said Tuesday it will redevelop The Shops at West Falls Church, in West Falls Church, Va., as part of what the developer calls its continuing mission to create more community-focused retail destinations in the Washington metropolitan area.
“Along with the physical renovations, a major part of our redevelopment plan was to bring in elements reflective of the community, which makes this center an enjoyable gathering place for the local neighborhood,” said Steve Boyle, Edens & Avant Managing Director. “When the redevelopment is complete, local residents will benefit from a more engaging shopping experience that will include outdoor dining areas, enhanced landscaping, better parking design, and a pedestrian-friendly environment.”
With redevelopment currently underway, plans for the center will include a mix of national and local retailers to serve the diverse needs of the surrounding community. Incoming tenants include the Original Pancake House, Bruegger’s Bagels and Verizon Wireless, and anchor Safeway will undergo a major interior and exterior remodeling.
“The remodel of the Safeway in West Falls is part of our larger strategy to strengthen existing stores throughout the Washington area,” said Timothy Baker, eastern division VP real estate for Safeway. “This particular location exemplifies one of our lifestyle prototypes currently under development throughout our mid-Atlantic portfolio.”
Let the sunshine …
Purveyors of private brands like to talk about how their products are as good as or better than the national brand equivalents. Well, in the case of Target’s Up & Up brand sunscreen it has corroboration for such a claim from the July issue of Consumer Reports. The magazine examined various sunscreens and found Up & Up Sport in SPF 30 to have the highest ranking as well as one of the cost per ounce. Other brands in the order of their ranking included Walgreens, Banana Boat, Aveeno, Coppertone, No-Ad, Neutrogena, Badger, La Roche-Posay, Avon and Burt’s Bees.
CFDA honors fashion’s best
NEW YORK The Council of Fashion Designers of America honored Marc Jacobs as womenswear designer of the year as wll as Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for Rag & Bone as the menswear designer of the year at its annual awards ceremony.
Other honors went to Alexander Wang, Michael Kors and the late Alexander McQueen.