Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Shake Shack coming to Columbus Village shopping center next year

296 Constitution Drive in Town Center will be the home of the region's first Shake Shack (Rami Yoakum/Southside Daily)
296 Constitution Drive in Town Center will be the home of the region’s first Shake Shack (Rami Yoakum/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Come 2019, things are gonna be shaking in Town Center.

New York City-based Shake Shack has leased 3,403 square feet of retail space in the Columbus Village shopping center, which is currently under redevelopment.

The Shake Shack will be located at 296 Constitution Drive, which in total consists of 150,000 square feet of space and is located at the southeast corner of Constitution Drive and Virginia Beach Boulevard.

“Yes, Shake Shack is coming to Virginia Beach – we can’t wait,” said Kristyn Clark, senior manager of Brand Communications for Shake Shack.

She said in keeping with Shake Shack’s commitment to green architecture and eco-friendly construction, the restaurant will be constructed with recycled and sustainable materials.

Booths will be made from lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, while table tops will be made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes.

“We are always in search of distinctive community gathering places,” said Andrew McCaughan, vice president of development at Shake Shack. “Columbus Village shopping center is a bustling retail destination to bring our modern roadside burger stand. We’re thrilled to open our first Virginia Beach Shack and provide the local community a fun place for to gather with family and friends.”

Shake Shack is a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100 percent, all-natural Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, and flat-top Vienna beef dogs (“no hormones or antibiotics – ever”), as well as fresh-spun frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer, and wine.

Since the original Shack opened in 2004 in NYC’s Madison Square Park, the company has expanded to more than 180 locations throughout 23 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and to more than 70 international locations from London to Hong Kong, Istanbul, Dubai, Tokyo, Moscow, Seoul and more.

“Shake Shack is the first tenant to commit to lease space in what will ultimately be a redeveloped Columbus Village,” said Lou Haddad, president and CEO of Armada Hoffler Properties Inc. “We are in discussions with a number of other tenants, inclusive of the existing occupants, and expect to finalize plans for enhancing the center later this year.”

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