STAFFORD, VA-Retailers are discovering the favorablefundamentals of Stafford County; there are some100,00 square feet of retail projects in the region's pipeline.These projects include tenants under construction and in thepermitting phase. Furthermore, Timothy J. Baroody,deputy county administrator and director of Economic Development,tells that there is another 150,000 square feet ofretail projects in various stages of conversation. "These areserious conversations, many of which are with national retailers,"he says. "They are not just kicking tires."

The most recent sign of Stafford's retail renaissance is a smallone: Panera Bread opened a second location there.However, a number of other retailers have inked space as well, manyalong Route 17—the hub of the county's Southern GatewayRedevelopment Plan. There are six retail sites currently underdevelopment along Route 17 at the moment, all national credittenants. Some of these retailers include a microbrewery,Goodyear, Wawa, Dunkin Donuts, Merchants Tire, anda CVS and Walgreens.

"Retailers have discovered Stafford," Baroody says.

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Erika Morphy

Erika Morphy has been writing about commercial real estate at for more than ten years, covering the capital markets, the Mid-Atlantic region and national topics. She's a nerd so favorite examples of the former include accounting standards, Basel III and what Congress is brewing.