Speak Out: Restaurants or Parking Spaces?

Which would you prefer to see at Potomac Mills mall?

Wednesday, mall announced that two new standalone restaurants would be coming to the outlet mall.

A third restaurant has yet to be officially announced by mall management, but it has been reported that a Bahama Breeze would also open. The Cheesecake Factory and Bobby’s Burger Palace will start construction later this fall. around the proposed location while waiting in a slug line Thursday morning.

Two additional stores, The Christmas Tree Shops and buybuy Baby will open in the mall.

, the same two shops have submitted plans to take up residence in a vacant Shoppers Food and Pharmacy building in Central Park.

Last February, the mall closed 750 parking spaces in anticipation of these developments at the mall. and that they would boycott Potomac Mills because of the cut.

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J. Michael Hill May 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Potomac Mills was not built by public funds to provide free parking to commuters. They provided a bonus benefit by allowing it. They are a "for profit" business and the restaurants will be a very good part of why we should be using Potomac Mills and not going to other counties to spend our money. Shop local first!
Fizban May 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Like we need another burger place or more cheez cake
Fizban May 18, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Do we need another burger place or fat mill
De Ashton May 18, 2012 at 01:58 PM
We're all for shopping local...and I for one encourage it. However, it is becoming more and more difficult to do just that - especially at Potomac Mills. New restaurants, new stores..all that means progress and jobs for sure. But...the amount of square footage available around the Mall has not changed. Seven hundred and fifty parking spaces were closed off a few months ago to make way for all this new construction. Are they going to add these somewhere else? Not! As potential patrons, where would you like us to park? Do you plan on starting a ride share program? Or charging for the right to park? Yikes, better not give them any ideas! De @ living-in-woodbridge-va.com
robin rother May 18, 2012 at 02:06 PM
i would like to see a dave and busters. my grandkids are tired of chucke cheese and my my kids ejoyed it while visiting tenessee. myself would like more high end shopping since i can't walk malls.like signature gallery lazy-boy that left town or others
G Neary May 18, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Restaurants will generate more revenue and hopefully keep taxes lower on residential property. Also, PWC residents would not have to travel outside the county for these restaurants. I agree with Mr Hill this a for profit business.
Lauren Jost May 18, 2012 at 06:25 PM
So the overwhelming majority of votes are for restaurants. What other restaurants would you like to see come to the area?
Suzanne Gianni May 18, 2012 at 07:35 PM
After living in this area 45+years we are long overdue for more eating establishments. Woud love to see a Bonefish and some chains from the Great American Restaurant Group, like Mikes American Grill, Chevys, etc. We are"hungry" for more upscale places to eat.
Kev C. May 20, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Thank you J. Michael. Enough said. Some people just doesn't get it. Many people cast blame on Potomac Mills because they reduced the parking not knowing the full details. They agreed to give the county 250 parking and give them way more than that to help alleviate the commuter situation. This is not a government parking lot.
Kev C. May 20, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Yeah. I will like to see maybe 2 or 3 of the following: Coastal Flats, a Potbelly, California Pizza Kitchen, Microbrewery Restaurant such as Gordon Biersch, Chop House, Birch & Barley or Rock Bottom. Or something such as, although more on the pricey end but well worth it: Restaurant such as Trummer's on the Main located in Clifton VA. Lovely restaurant. Including the ambiance and setting, service and food. I have so much more but will like to see what others thinks.
Lauren Jost May 21, 2012 at 02:55 AM
So, it sounds like a nice blend of chains and independent businesses are wanted in the area. Should the Potomac Mills area or Potomac Town Center be exact copies of Tysons Corner, Fairfax Corner, etc.? Or should there be a bit of diversity among the shopping centers?
Jim Riley May 21, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I'd love to see a Rainforest Cafe come in. I'm surprised they're not one of the ones going into Potomac Mills since 1/3 of their locations are in Mills malls. They one that used to be at Tysons Corner was jam packed all the time with several hour waits to be seated.
Vinny Darby May 21, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I am glad they are bringing a Cheesecake Factory down here, everyone I know in Woodbridge drives up to Fairfax and spends their money up there instead of locally. I also agree that the mall doesn't owe the county any commuter parking, but where are the new dining customers going to park? I've heard many people say "I'll definitely avoid Potomac Mills now just becase it's already too hard to park close." I hope Potomac Town Center gets more local or rare dining so we can become the destination for out-of-towners.
Doublezizzle May 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM
This is awesome! I would be happy if I didn't have to leave Woodbridge on the weekends to have fun. With has prices these days I think twice before driving to fairfax and Tyson's to eat upscale. Agree on great American restaurants. Isn't there a coastal flats opening in the town center?
Lauren Jost May 25, 2012 at 01:39 PM
There's not a Coastal Flats in the plans that I have seen for Potomac Town Center. If you're interested in what will be opening, check the list here. http://woodbridge-va.patch.com/articles/update-potomac-town-center-opening-late-2012
Doublezizzle June 06, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Thanks! I had heard some rumors of Coastal Flats opening, but they must be just that - rumors.
Monica Wright June 23, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Unfortunately, we need to leave this county to work in order to afford to live here. Where can you work in PWC to afford our large houses...Bob's Burger's? There is plenty of room for commuter parking M-F with causing disruption to the daily operations at the mall. M-F during 9-5, that mall is practically empty. Commuters are customers. This disruption has caused major inconvenience to commuters. The mall needs this community to thrive so they should support us. I will continue to boycott.
Kev C. June 24, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Monica, It's your prerogative to boycott. No one here is going to tell you to not to. Potomac Mills will do great without your support. You're directing your anger towards the wrong group my friend. If you have issues with how PWC is run and the fact that you have to drive outside the county for a better paying job to pay for your "Big House", then get involve with the local government. Potomac mills do not owe anyone of us anything and they sure don't owe us parking. They are a private company who is in the business of making money.  Again, point your comments towards local officials. They are accessible. Get involved. Did you cast your vote during the last county election? Do you go to PWC BOCS Meetings? What about WPCCA? Not sure if you do or don't but I will assume the latter because they are usually a very very small contingent that address their issues at these meeting and not once have I've heard your concerns at these meetings.   You can always move to another county, you know, the one in which you work for and pay for a "Big House" that is at least 200k more than what you are currently paying for. 
Kev C. June 24, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Also, There is a poll in this story. Do you realized that out of 112 votes, 81% chose restaurants? Hmm... Looks like Potomac Mills will do just fine.
Doublezizzle June 25, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Well said Kev C. I didn't know it was Potomac Mills' problem to figure out our commuter parking situation! Seems like they can't do something nice without the "gimme more" mentality. Sheesh.
Jac Mittens December 14, 2012 at 09:18 PM
More establishments are welcome since we are trapped by I95. The county should be petitioned for more valid and safer commuter parking locations. The majority of wealth PWC enjoys flows from DC. As far as Potomac Mills, I hope they plan on renovating the dingy looking mall.


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