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Shopping center being expanded in Charles Town

November 07, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The bustling area along Flowing Springs Road between Fifth Avenue and East Washington Street is about to get busier.

Uniwest Group, the Falls Church, Va., firm that built the Jefferson Crossing shopping center 10 years ago, is expanding the center to allow for a bigger Martin's Food Market and other changes, Uniwest President Mike Collier said.

Martin's Food Market has been successful at the Jefferson Crossing location and officials with the grocery chain want to expand the store, Collier said.

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"We've just been waiting for the opportune time to develop the next phase," Collier said.

The project will involve expanding the Martin's store to allow it to go from about 48,000 square feet to about 80,000 square feet, Collier said.

Similar to an expansion that occurred at the Martin's near the Martinsburg Mall in Martinsburg, W.Va., the Charles Town store will remain open as a new front on the grocery store is built and the building is expanded, Collier said.

Collier said he hopes the Martin's expansion will get under way in the early part of next year. It will probably take most of 2006 to build the new store, Collier said.

Four businesses in the shopping center will be displaced to allow for the new Martin's, Collier said.

Those four businesses will be moved into two new retail buildings in a second phase of the shopping center, Collier said. One of the buildings is completed and the second one will be finished in about a month, Collier said.

Among other businesses planned for the shopping center is a new Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Collier said. Uniwest is leasing land for the new restaurant and Applebee's will construct its own building, Collier said.

Uniwest built the first phase of Jefferson Crossing 10 years ago and owns and manages the center. There are about a dozen retail sites in the center in addition to the Martin's.

Jefferson Crossing is in a busy area that includes a variety of retail businesses and nearby Charles Town Races & Slots.

A short distance north of the intersection of Flowing Springs Road and Fifth Avenue, Holiday Inn is building a 144-room motel.

Holiday Inn has wanted to build the motel, but has been delayed because of limited sewer capacity from the City of Charles Town, Ranson City Manager David Mills said previously.

It will take about six to nine months to build the motel, Mills said.

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