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Board to Hear Planning Presentation on Potomac Town Center

High-end retail shopping center has recently expanded.

Update: 3:41 p.m.:

Here's the list of stores that have been signed into Potomac Town Center. Dates are still pending on most openings:

  • Toby Keith's I Love This Bar
  • Golfsmith
  • Old Navy
  • P.F. Changs (lease to be signed this week)
  • Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
  • DSW Shoes
  • Coldwater Creek
  • Chico’s
  • White House Black Market
  • JoS. A. Banks
  • Orvis
  • REI
  • Sport & Health
  • Travinia Italian Kitchen  

Original Post: 

Fans of Potomac Town Center will be interested to know that during the regular Board of County Supervisors meeting tomorrow the board will hear a presentation on the retail expansion.

In recent months, opened next to Uncle Julio's restaurant and Gymboree. opened a second location at Stonebridge, as well.  and are among retailers slated to join the shopping center. Despite that had pulled out of the development, the popular Chinese restaurant has plans to draw up a lease soon.

Check back with Woodbridge Patch Tuesday for more details on the retail expansion. 

RME KRNL September 21, 2011 at 03:19 PM
What's the actual address of Potomac Town Center?
Lauren Jost September 21, 2011 at 03:27 PM
There are two main entrances off of Neabsco Mills Road between Dale Boulevard and Opitz Boulevard by Potomac Hospital. The street names are Potomac Branch Drive (where the bridge is) and Potomac Town Center. See the map above to the right for details!
RME KRNL September 21, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Thanks, Lauren.
Lauren Jost September 21, 2011 at 03:52 PM
You're welcome!
Kev C. September 21, 2011 at 07:42 PM
So Lauren, What came out of that Planning Presentation? Was this it? The list of vendors that have signed to occupy? There were no dates involved? Also, the big sign at the project, indicated all those vendors with the exception of Orvis, Old Navy (though not needed) and Firebird's Wood Fire Grill. This is not really an update by most standards by the developers to the county. Also, the fact that they signed on Old Navy, could be a sign (no pun intented) that they may be struggling to close deals with other retail, vendors, etc. Not that anything is wrong with Old Navy, but as Vinny previously stated, there is already one less than .05 miles away. That also goes to JoS A. Bank and I think DSW (I may be terribly wrong on both accounts) I appreciate you being all over this though. It means a lot to most of us that lives in the area.
Lauren Jost September 21, 2011 at 07:49 PM
Kev. C, It was a design update, to show what the area will look like once fully completed. Anyone that drives by can see all the construction that is underway at the site, and eventually there will also be apartment buildings there. The developer gave the updated list (see above) as businesses that have already signed with the site, more are slated to come forward but I haven't included those because they are not signed yet. While I hear what you area saying about Old Navy, the store referenced in Potomac Mills is an outlet store, which carries different clothing selections than a flagship store does. To the best of my knowledge, we don't have any DSW stores in Prince William County. The closest is in Fairfax. I will be posting much more in-depth updates as I get the information, but I will need a bit of patience as I sort through some other work first. Thanks for the interest everyone, and please be sure to post your thoughts here or email me at laurenj (at) patch.com.
Deb M. September 22, 2011 at 05:36 PM
There is a DSW in Prince William County. It's in Gainesville, off Linton Hall Rd, [near the intersetion of Rte 29 & Rte. 66]. It is in the Virginia Gateway Shopping Center with Target & Best Buy.
John Bonich September 26, 2011 at 08:03 AM
PotomacTown Center seems to be shaping up to as a of Fairfax Corner... not necessarily bad thing, but I'd really like to see something develop in Woodbridge akin to Downtown Fredericksburg or Louisville's Baxter Ave -a row of unique independent shops and resturants that cater to people of all different incomes an backgrounds. Also, is there enough people in Woodbridge with the high income level necessary to make the planned PTC economically viable?
John Bonich September 26, 2011 at 08:07 AM
When I said Baxter Ave I actually meant Bardestown Road. Sorry.
Vinny Darby September 26, 2011 at 01:19 PM
You have to keep in mind that Downtown Fredericksburg is a city, not a retail enterprise. Each building is invdividually owned. Roadside development has stated on their website that their goal is to bring unique shops to the developement but the reality is that only certain businesses (chains mostly) are expanding right now. Because of that you see alot of the stores on the list for PTC that have also just opened in the recently built Spotsylvania Towne Centre (behind the remodeled mall).
John Bonich September 26, 2011 at 11:25 PM
@Vinny That makes a lot of sense. I wasn't wishing for a developer to manufacture a locally-owned shopping district as much as I was lamenting the fact that there's nothing like that in Woodbridge. Given the infrastructure and traffic patterns here, realistically the only place in Woodbridge that would be suitable for a it is Occoquan, where shops mostly cater to the 30-60 female demographic.
Vinny Darby September 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM
@John I completely agree with how you feel about Occoquan. Also: I saw that "Unleashed: By Petco" is now under construction with a now hiring sign in the window. I wonder why Roadside never put it on their list or advertisements.
Lauren Jost September 27, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Vinny, we posted a feature on Unleashed by Petco back in May. Similarly, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza was under construction/for hire without being posted on that Roadside advertisement when you first enter the shopping center. http://woodbridge-va.patch.com/articles/a-different-kind-of-pet-store-coming-soon-to-woodbridge
Lauren Jost November 23, 2011 at 12:45 AM
Update from tonight's BOCS meeting. The development group expects that ULTA (cosmetic store, we have one in Smoketown Station next to old Borders) may be joining the rest of the merchants at Potomac Town Center.
Tanya December 28, 2011 at 02:45 AM
I totally agree. I don't think they need another OLD NAVY. Maybe another chipotle just because the one on prince william parkway is always crowded. I think it's ridiculous, when in fairfax you see chipotle everywhere. Also I think just because there is a DSW in gainesville, it doesn't mean everyone wants to drive down there. I'd prefer to have one at the town center instead of driving so much. GAS is expensive. How come this town center does not have CHEESECAKE FACTORY like many of the other towncenter?
Tanya December 28, 2011 at 02:49 AM
I agree with Vinny. We need coffee shops besides starbucks. Cosi is also awesome! I also read that you will be putting up frozen yogurt out here! That's great! We need something like that, i always end up having to drive up to Maryland to get all the good stuff at like yogi berry frozen yogurt. A nice sushi place maybe besides wegmans? People want variety. I apologize if I sound a bit out there. As architecture/interior design major there are so many different chains out there, it's not easy to get everything we want, but the ones that will attract the crowds. A little bit for kids, the teens, young adult, adults and senior citizens.
Michael January 03, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I agree with CARIBOU finding a location in Eastern PW County.
Michael January 03, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Good! I am hoping to work at that REI as I work for REI part time in MD right now.
Dexter January 18, 2012 at 01:47 AM
will they add bike lanes or a side walk on Dale blvd so other communities can get to the town center with out having to drive
Tanya January 18, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I agree with Vinny. We need coffee shops besides starbucks. Cosi is also awesome! I also read that you will be putting up frozen yogurt out here! That's great! We need something like that, i always end up having to drive up to Maryland to get all the good stuff at like yogi berry frozen yogurt. A nice sushi place maybe besides wegmans? People want variety. I apologize if I sound a bit out there. As architecture/interior design major there are so many different chains out there, it's not easy to get everything we want, but the ones that will attract the crowds. A little bit for kids, the teens, young adult, adults and senior citizens.
Lauren Jost January 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Tanya, The frozen yogurt shop is open: http://woodbridge-va.patch.com/articles/bluberi-community-focused-and-talk-of-the-town
Dexter January 18, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Are they going to add bike lanes or side walks to Dale Blvd so other communities can enjoy the town center without having to drive?
Lauren Jost January 18, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Dexter, I saw your question yesterday and have been looking into it. I don't have information on bike lanes yet, but I'll continue to keep it on my radar.
Jan Cunard February 06, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Lauren: Could you do some research to see if you can get us some projected opening dates for these stores/restaurants? I am particularly interested in Coldwater Creek, Black and White, and DSW.
Lauren Jost February 06, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Also should note these new places that were announced are going in the new portion of the area that's still under construction. But, I'll keep up with it.
Lauren Jost February 06, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Hi Jan, Yes of course. I've been keeping tabs on everything. The company has not released dates yet. But, once I get my hands on info I'll post it.
RME KRNL February 06, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Agree about Old Navy and Caribou Coffee. Also would be nice to add a Golden Corral restaurant. Closest one now is in Manassas.
Greg Salera May 31, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Lauren, Old Navy at Potomac Mills is not an outlet. It is a full line store. Old Navy no longer operates any outlets. I agree that it's A: too close to the store in Potomac Mills less than 1 mile away, and B: it's too out of line with the other stores coming to the town center. Unless the Old Navy store is leaving Potomac Mills the new store will fail misearably as PTC won't have the foot traffic that the mall has and shoppers going to PTC want better quality stores. Banana Republic which is a sister store to Old Navy has an outlet at the mall and a full line store at PTC would have been a much better choice.
Greg Salera May 31, 2012 at 04:34 AM
PWC is the 14th wealthiest county in the country. Given similiar demographics for Stafford and the big money found in Fairfax Station/Lorton (within 15 min to PTC) The population and income levels should support a center such as PTC. My bigger concern is the mix of shops. If you're going to have a pull you need to have a mix of stores catering to a target group of higer end professionals. dry cleaners, nail salons, and old navy aren't the types of stores that will pull the people they want. Losing The Cheesecake Factory to Potomac Mills was a BIG miss. That should have been in the PTC without doubt.
Lauren Jost May 31, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Hi Greg, Thanks for your comment! I just double checked with Potomac Mills, and the Old Navy that's in there is an outlet. As far as I know, there are no plans for the outlet to leave the mall. So, we'll be having two Old Navy stores less than two miles apart. There will be a White House Black Market, Coldwater Creek, Chico's and other full retail stores when the center fully opens. Those details are available here: http://woodbridge-va.patch.com/articles/update-potomac-town-center-opening-late-2012#pdf-9060454

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