RICHMOND, VA-Charlotte, NC-based Crosland is expanding its foothold in Richmond’s retail market with an ambitious 110,000-sf project called Rutland Commons. The development, which stretches across 20-acres and includes three outparcels, already has one anchor: a 74,000-sf Kroger supermarket, which will offer both grocery and pharmacy services. Site work for the anchor is already under way, with a fall 2008 opening date scheduled.

Crosland plans to announce additional tenants over the coming months. “Our goal is to provide area residents with a distinct mix of national and regional retailers and restaurants, neighborhood shops and services,” says James Downs, vice president of Crosland’s retail division. Located at the intersection of Chamberlayne Roadand Atlee Road in northeast Richmond, the center fronts the entrance to the 200-acre HH Hunt master-planned community, with 575 residences. Crosland will also be developing the outparcels, which are situated on seven acres adjacent to Rutland Commons.

Crosland has been strategically expanding from is southeast stronghold since 2000. It has opened offices in Raleigh, NC, Orlando and Tampa, FL, and Nashville. From these offices it has launched major developments in such new markets, such as Richmond. Last year, for instance, Chesterfield County mandated Crosland to redevelop the Cloverleaf Mall site and several adjacent parcels totaling 83 acres at Chippenham Parkway and Midlothian Turnpike. Crosland was spotlighted recently in the real estate community when its chairman and CEO Todd W. Mansfield, was named chairman of the Urban Land Institute. The company did not return calls in time for deadline.

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