Muvico-Splitsville opening at Village at Towne Centre
Fredericksburg, Va. Youngstown, Ohio-based Cafaro Co. announced that Muvico Village 12 and Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge will open at the company’s Village at Towne Centre, in Fredericksburg, Va.
The entertainment complex is a joint venture between Muvico and Splitsville. The Muvico component features dramatic design, 12-screens, 2,800 seats (including 300 Premier VIP seats), all-stadium seating and the first theater with all-digital/Sony 4k projectors in Virginia. The Splitsville side incorporates 16 full-sized bowling lanes, 250 dining seats, four billiard tables, upscale bars, a dance floor and a full-service kitchen featuring fresh rolled sushi, hand-tossed pizzas, gourmet sliders and signature entrees.
“Muvico-Splitsville is an integral part of our promise, to make The Village the definitive destination for shopping, dining and entertainment,” said Anthony Cafaro Jr., co-president of the Cafaro Co., whose affiliated entity owns and operates The Village and the adjacent Spotsylvania Towne Centre.
The Village is part of Spotsylvania Towne Centre, which encompasses 1.7 million sq. ft. of shopping, dining and entertainment. Other recent tenant announcements include Aveda Tulips Salon & Spa, which is scheduled to open July 1.
Report: Wal-Mart eyes Manhattan location
Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart has its eye on a Brooklyn shopping center for its first Manhattan location, according to a Crain’s New York report.
The retailer is scoping out the Gateway II shopping center near Jamaica Bay, as well as other unidentified sites in the city, the report said.
Wal-Mart does not have “a project to announce anywhere within the five boroughs of New York City,” Steven Restivo, the retailer’s director of community affairs, told Crain’s New York.
“However, we know that New Yorkers want to shop and work at Wal-Mart and as a result, we continue to evaluate potential opportunities here,” he said.
Wal-Mart feels there is a potential fit because “New Yorkers want quality jobs and affordable groceries and it remains our goal to be part of the solution,” Restivo said.
Wal-Mart has already tried twice to secure a location in the New York City area, in Queens and Staten Island, the Dow Jones reported. Efforts were unsuccessful because of union and community opposition. Concerns ranged from low wages to traffic congestion.
Dow Jones noted, however, that this time may be different for Wal-Mart, which has indicated that its expansion plans may include smaller stores, which might be more palatable to crowded New York City neighborhoods.
Wal-Mart could also face stiff opposition from unions and smaller shops that don’t want to see their locations hurt by a store that carries lower costing produce, the report said.