The Town of Purcellville will welcome a few new businesses and see a bit of movement among existing ones this year.
An Aldi supermarket will move into a little more than half of the space currently occupied by Shop ‘n Save in the Purcellville Shopping Center, according to Renaud Consulting Leasing Agent Mark Fontaine. As for the remaining space, Fontaine said that Renaud is discussing lease options with two national companies. He did not give details on the timeline, but said he expects Shop ‘n Save to move out and Aldi to move in by summer.
Fontaine also confirmed that a Bank of America will move into the former Capital One Bank location in the Main Street Station shopping center near Giant Food and that the Virginia ABC store would move from its current 3,000-square-foot location in Purcellville Plaza to the former 5,000-square-foot Blockbuster location, also at Main Street Station. Fontaine said that those changes would also happen by summer.
The Purcellville Aldie will be the supermarket’s third location in Loudoun, with one already in Sterling and in Ashburn. Fontaine said that Aldie is in the process of getting preliminary approvals from the town. Once that happens, it will apply for permits.
“We don’t expect it to be a difficult process,” Fontaine said. “It seems like the town wants them there.”
News of Shop ‘n Save’s departure from the town comes nearly three months after United Natural Foods, the largest distributor to Whole Foods Market, finalized its $2.9 bullion acquisition of SuperValu, Shop ‘n Save’s parent company.
Shop ‘n Save has operated as Purcellville Shopping Center’s anchor store since Food Lion left the location in 2016 when Royal Ahold and Delhaize, the parent companies of Giant Food and Food Lion, united in a $29 billion merger and sold 86 of their stores.
According to a Shop ‘n Save manager, workers are aware of the change and are not waiting to interview with Aldi. “Everybody is looking for something now,” she said.
This will be the second time in the last five years that the town’s ABC store has relocated. In October 2014, it moved from its 2,180-square-foot location in the Purcellville Shopping Center, three doors down from Shop ‘n Save, to its current location less than 300 feet away. Fontaine said that chances of a Mexican restaurant moving into ABC’s existing storefront are 50-50 at best.
This will also be Bank of America’s eighth location in Loudoun, with one already in Aldie and two in Ashburn, Sterling and Leesburg.