Friday, December 8, 2023

Speculation aside, here’s the status on the 3-tenant retail project behind Popeyes

A rendering shows details of a retail building being built behind Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on Richmond Road. (WYDaily/Courtesy City of Williamsburg)
A rendering shows details of a retail building being built behind Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on Richmond Road. (WYDaily/Courtesy City of Williamsburg)

Speculation has been abundant when it comes to the three-tenant building behind Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on Richmond Road in Williamsburg: It’s a Krispy Kreme, an auto parts store, a Sunoco, vape shop, fast food restaurant and more.

No — it’s still nothing in particular.

City officials have confirmed there are still no tenants for the three-unit retail building.

City Principal Planner Erin Burke said her office has not received any information on potential tenants for the spaces, or had any inquiries on potential uses.

While the brick exterior of the building appears mostly complete, Burke said all trade permits — such as plumbing and electrical — are still open, meaning it has not been finalized and completed.

The builder has not pulled any mechanical permits, she added.

The 4,500-square-foot building is owned and leased to tenants by Popeyes. It was approved in April 2018 and sits in front of Aldi and behind Popeyes along Richmond Road.

Burke previously said prospective tenants will not need to go through a city approval process unless they choose to change the exterior of the building, since the plans have already been approved.

Popeyes, the anchor for that piece of land, hit a bump after it opened for business in April. 

A former restaurant employee was arrested in mid-May after being accused of using Popeyes customers’ credit card information to make large purposes.

The general manager, who came on board shortly before the employee was arrested, said he plans to make things right with the Williamsburg community and the customers whose credit card information was stolen.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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