As the homes in Dulles South continue to be built and residents continue to move into the area, various retail centers and businesses continue to grow. Retail centers are popping up along the county’s roads and in residential communities, bringing citizens some of the services they have long asked for.
<bt>When the Brambleton Town Center hosted its gala evening to open the new Fox Cinemas, the community also became home to the Dulles South’s only movie theater.
"We’re excited that Brambleton now has our own venue offering a wide variety of cinema entertainment for all ages," Kim Adams, Brambleton’s marketing director, said.
With 16 screens and 3,037 seats, including two 401-seat theaters where the newest releases will be shown, the 62,789-square-foot theater, opened to the public July 17.
In addition to the movie theater, the second phase of the Brambleton Town Center is expecting several new businesses in the coming months, including a Barnes and Nobles, the first of the chain to be located in Loudoun. Specialty shops such as The Papery, a stationary and gift shop, and Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own-pottery studio, already have designated locations in the town center.
"A diverse range of builder products appeals to families at every stage of their lives," Adams said when talking of plans for the town center this spring.
<sh>Dulles 606 Retail Center
<bt>Located immediately off of Old Ox Road in an area that used to be void of any retail or family services, Buchanan Partners’ Dulles 606 Retail Center is beginning to see growth.
The My Allure Spa and Salon, Dulles Cleaners, Asian Market and a barbershop are only some of the retailers that have already opened for business, with several more on the way. The Dulles Kabob restaurant and Wings and Things are scheduled to open by the end of the month, Kathryn Devine, vice president of sales and leasing for Buchanan Partners, said.
"There’s also going to be a dentist office," she said. "And McDonalds should be breaking ground any day now. There is also a pad site for a Virginia Commerce Bank that should break ground this month."
Construction is also under way for an Exxon station, which Devine said should open some time this fall. When the service station opens it will be one of the few stations located between Route 28 and Route 50 along Old Ox Road.
The retail center will also have something for children in the form of the Panther Family Fun Center, which will be home to both cosmic golf and laser tag.
"We have about 100,000 square feet [in the center] between the two buildings and the pad sites," Devine said. "With about 60 percent spoken for."
<sh>South Riding Market Square
<bt>With construction still underway at South Riding’s Market Square off of Loudoun County Parkway, many new businesses have opened recently, providing a variety of services to residents on the Route 50 corridor.
One of the center’s most recent additions is Little Lords and Ladies, a children’s resale store that sells gently used toys, clothes and accessories. The store, which opened in May, also has a child’s play room, Merlin’s Playhouse, where children can play with things such as a minifoosball table, LEGO bricks and Thomas the Train toys while parents shop.
Other new openings include the Solace Salon and Day Spa, the Top Kick Martial Arts Center and Wine Styles, which is geared toward making wine buying easy.
In the future, South Riding Market Square will also be home to a Home Depot, Ruby Tuesday and Panera Bread.