GreenGate: Downtown Richmond Brought to the West End

Image courtesy of Markel|Eagle.

Scheduled for completion in the summers of 2017 and 2018, GreenGate is a retail, office space, and residential area designed to bring a taste of downtown Richmond to suburban Henrico. Featuring almost 100,000 square feet of retail space and 230 single family homes and townhomes, GreenGate is sure to be a hit among many Richmonders.

Located a quarter mile from Short Pump Town Center and under two miles from Interstate 64, GreenGate, or “the Gate,” is conveniently situated in the West End of Richmond. With its self-described “eclectic” mix of retail stores, restaurants, and homes and townhomes, GreenGate is going to be a new addition to Short Pump, a shopping area that has grown rapidly since the mall’s opening in 2003. The development is a project of Markel | Eagle Partners.

Popular restaurants will appear at the corner of North Gayton Road and West Broad Street, including The Daily, West Coast Provisions, and Mellow Mushroom, all Carytown favorites. The Daily features environmentally friendly and healthy foods while still appealing to those looking for a less expensive meal. East Coast Provisions, a seafood eatery, will be opening its second location in the area, with the new name West Coast Provisions. Both restaurants are projects of Richmond Restaurant Group. Mellow Mushroom is a popular pizza restaurant featuring local art that has been a hit in Carytown. A new steakhouse and sushi restaurant will also be opening at GreenGate, Red Salt Chophouse. Lidl Supermarket Company, a European grocery chain, will also be opening, entering Richmond’s “grocery wars.” Starbucks, the largest coffee chain worldwide, will open a location in GreenGate as well. Olivia Jacobs (‘17) said that she is “really excited for The Daily being there,” and Olivia Laskin (‘17) is happy about the fact that the new development will “bring more more people to smaller businesses” in Richmond. As a resident of the West End, Ellie Angle (‘18) is “very excited to have some of [her] favorite restaurants from the inconvenient downtown location closer to [her] home.”

GreenGate will also be home to a collection of upscale shops, including a West End version of Carytown Bicycle Co. Also in the mix of retail will be Polished Nail Salon. Upscale indoor cycle studio chain CycleBar is in the final stages of preparation for opening. An article in The Match earlier this year stated, The overall ambition of Cyclebar GreenGate is to become a cycling studio that provides a workout experience unlike others in Richmond. With its high-tech, innovative technology and lively and inspiring atmosphere, Cyclebar hopes to provide a high-intensity, yet enjoyable experience for people of all fitness levels.” Also featured at GreenGate will be medical practices, including Tuckahoe Orthopedics. Construction of the prominent Richmond-based practice will begin this summer, with the opening in summer 2018.

The planned homes and townhomes in the development will have many amenities, including extensive walking trails and a community clubhouse. The residences being just a few steps from great dining and retail options is also an added benefit.

These small regional restaurants and stores seem to be thriving, despite the so-called “retail apocalypse.” Thousands of large chain stores in the U.S. will be shutting doors in the coming months, including Kmart, Sears, and Macy’s. The sudden closing of many stores is due to a major increase in online shopping. Some chains, such as clothing store Bebe, will be closing all brick-and-mortar stores in order to focus on their online sales.

With its downtown-inspired feel and interesting collection of upscale restaurants, shops, and homes, GreenGate will be bringing a much-needed piece of the Fan to the far West End.

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Amy is a junior at Collegiate.