Mystery grocery store. Hobby Lobby is coming to 378 in Lexington, along with an undisclosed grocery store.
The identity of the new grocery store is the interesting thing here. The new Hobby Lobby in Northeast Columbia is getting a Fresh Market as a neighbor. The developer on the Lexington project – S.J. Collins Enterprises — does a lot of work with Whole Foods. Actually, almost all the example projects of their web site are Whole Foods developments.
Something like a Kroger seems more likely, but a Whole Foods or Fresh Market would make sense for the demographics in Lexington. And either of those stores would be a very big deal for that part of the Columbia area.
Details, Part I. The Columbia Star has lots more details, including renderings and site plans, for the Village Square development in Forest Acres that I mentioned last week. Looks like it could be a really nice development and a nice fit for the area.
Details, Part II. Mayor Benjamin commented this week that he expects significant details on the businesses coming to the Bull Street property by the year’s end. Personally, I’d be impressed with a couple of solid anchors and restaurants. I'm still betting on a P.F. Changs, here.
Food trucks in a vacant lot. In West Columbia, there are plans to turn a vacant lot into a food truck court. The idea would be that a selection of food trucks would always be there. Could be awesome, but doesn’t a food truck’s “magic” depend on the sometimes-it’s-there-sometime-it’s-not nature of the fact that it’s a truck. We’ll see, but it’s better than a vacant lot.
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