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By ElmersTwin
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Yacht Rock wrote:https://wset.com/news/local/post-about-new-development-on-timberlake-rd-creates-buzz-but-plans-arent-final


"The city, however, said it's exciting to see companies who want to invest in Lynchburg, which could lead to 'safer' traffic conditions.

Up til now, there's not a single cross walk on Timberlake," Perault said. "These kind of initiatives will help spearhead improvements along Timberlake road and make traffic better."

Classic. Let's re-develop the roads after everything's in place.
By rogers3
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rhezick wrote:
rogers3 wrote:Rose dale won’t happen, at least not in the next ten years. CFA lot is directly beside Aldi.


Not sure if this is 100% accurate, but I also heard that there will be another Chick Fil A alongside the sheetz and residential units going up on timberlake across from kroger. Along with wards and the mall, Lee will oversee the old forest road one, and someone else will be operating the timerlake location. Can anyone confirm the timberlake location?


I think that is more of a "we are trying to get..." than a done deal. There have been no plans or certifications for Timberlake. The development was just approved by planning and has yet to be seen by city council. The developer only mentioned Sheetz by name.
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By Class of 20Something
#563433 For the people that can't understand congestion.

You are not in traffic. You ARE traffic.

I'm just going to name a few projects that have been done, you all tell me if the way traffic moves through these areas is sufficient.

501 and Timberlake/Wards Ferry/Logan's Lane
-Project included a roundabout and two lanes crossing Timberlake to Wards Ferry.

Atlanta Avenue
-Roundabout behind Sam's Club adjacent to Barnes and Noble.

460 and Odd Fellows Road
-Highway offramps, large roundabout at post office and DMV.
By flamehunter
#563435 All of them are better than what existed before. Are they sufficient? Probably for the short term at best.
By ALUmnus
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Class of 20Something wrote:For the people that can't understand congestion.

You are not in traffic. You ARE traffic.

I'm just going to name a few projects that have been done, you all tell me if the way traffic moves through these areas is sufficient.

501 and Timberlake/Wards Ferry/Logan's Lane
-Project included a roundabout and two lanes crossing Timberlake to Wards Ferry.

Atlanta Avenue
-Roundabout behind Sam's Club adjacent to Barnes and Noble.

460 and Odd Fellows Road
-Highway offramps, large roundabout at post office and DMV.



1. This was long overdue. A bit confusing right now coming off 501 south, but it's a much better intersection once people get used to it.

2. Works well, despite being the most hideous roundabout I've ever seen.

3. Also long overdue. Used to work over there and never had a problem with the DMV intersection, so not sure why the roundabout was necessary. It's a mess right now since Odd Fellows is closed at FedEx while they work on the bridge.
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By Purple Haize
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Yacht Rock wrote:I love the Sam’s Club roundabout.


That was brilliant
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By LUAlum1215
#567144 Heard this week that two of the new establishments heading for River Ridge may include Dave and Buster’s and Cheesecake Factory. Not sure of a timeline.
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By Class of 20Something
#567148 I know you don't post unless you have a respectable source.

Both of those would be huge additions.
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By Purple Haize
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Class of 20Something wrote:I know you don't post unless you have a respectable source.

Both of those would be huge additions.


I thought with the College presence Dave and Busters would do well here
By UVALibertyFan
#567165 It would absolutely shock me to see either of those in Lynchburg. I don't think the demographics support either of those businesses yet.
By JK37
#567208 Same here. I’m very surprised to hear about either one of those coming in, let alone both.
By rogers3
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JK37 wrote:Same here. I’m very surprised to hear about either one of those coming in, let alone both.


Neither will happen...well who knows. Since we have all the skrilla in the world to throw around, maybe Jerry wants to subsidize them. That being said, there isn't a shred of evidence that anything will happen at the mall in the near future. There have now been at least three major announcements over the last few years about what Liberty will be doing and about how exciting it will be.
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By Class of 20Something
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rogers3 wrote:
JK37 wrote:Same here. I’m very surprised to hear about either one of those coming in, let alone both.


Neither will happen...well who knows. Since we have all the skrilla in the world to throw around, maybe Jerry wants to subsidize them. That being said, there isn't a shred of evidence that anything will happen at the mall in the near future. There have now been at least three major announcements over the last few years about what Liberty will be doing and about how exciting it will be.


Well the mall has officially rebranded with a new logo and some of the old signs are being torn down. Remaining Liberty employees in the mall have been told they are moving in the 6 month time frame. The change is coming,
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By Cider Jim
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Class of 20Something wrote:Well the mall has officially rebranded with a new logo and some of the old signs are being torn down.

Will it have a new name or just new logo? "Liberty Mall" has a nice ring to it. :idea:
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By Class of 20Something
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Cider Jim wrote:
Class of 20Something wrote:Well the mall has officially rebranded with a new logo and some of the old signs are being torn down.

Will it have a new name or just new logo? "Liberty Mall" has a nice ring to it. :idea:


It's still River Ridge but the logo just has sharper Rs. No curly frills.
By rhezick
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rogers3 wrote:
JK37 wrote:Same here. I’m very surprised to hear about either one of those coming in, let alone both.


Neither will happen...well who knows. Since we have all the skrilla in the world to throw around, maybe Jerry wants to subsidize them. That being said, there isn't a shred of evidence that anything will happen at the mall in the near future. There have now been at least three major announcements over the last few years about what Liberty will be doing and about how exciting it will be.


Didn't LU discuss that they've entered into talks with 5 new stores just a few months ago?
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By Cider Jim
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LUAlum1215 wrote:Heard this week that two of the new establishments heading for River Ridge may include Dave and Buster’s and Cheesecake Factory. Not sure of a timeline.

This has been discussed widely on Facebook on the "Living in Lynchburg" page.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LivingInLynchburg/
By rogers3
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rhezick wrote:
rogers3 wrote:
JK37 wrote:Same here. I’m very surprised to hear about either one of those coming in, let alone both.


Neither will happen...well who knows. Since we have all the skrilla in the world to throw around, maybe Jerry wants to subsidize them. That being said, there isn't a shred of evidence that anything will happen at the mall in the near future. There have now been at least three major announcements over the last few years about what Liberty will be doing and about how exciting it will be.


Didn't LU discuss that they've entered into talks with 5 new stores just a few months ago?


They have discussed a lot in the years since acquiring the Sears location. When LU bought the Macy's store, they had a retailer that was going to be really exciting to local shoppers. Almost two years, and no movement. Purchased majority of the mall in 2016, Sears in 2013. They were talking some big ideas back in 2013, as well. Hopefully, things will begin to happen; the Kmart to Hobby Lobby deal went pretty quickly and LU stands to add substantial value to the portfolio if redevelopment happens.
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By Sly Fox
#567477 Understandably so. But in their defense, the last couple of years have not been a terrific time to be pushing retail space in malls. One iconic brand after enough is cutting its losses.
By Yacht Rock
#567489 It certainly takes a lot of vision and creativity to adjust some of these spaces to the changing market needs. It will be interesting to see how some of these areas develop over the next several years.
By rogers3
#567510 I have my theories as to how to make this market stronger than it is now. There is a reason that Charlottesville has a more dynamic retail sector, and it isn't because it is a large metropolitan area. It is driven by personal earnings.
By badger74
#567518 Money does rule in retail. Was up in Cville today at the mall and Barracks Road SC. The Belk carries much more and higher quality inventory--also has two large spaces. But assume Sears will close soon--which they will quickly backfill. Also really bad traffic but great Thai food. Glad its there but no desire to live there. L is home sweet home and improving in its own ways.
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By alabama24
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News & Advance wrote:SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium planned for River Ridge mall in Lynchburg
Rachael Smith


An aquarium is planned to open in River Ridge mall by the end of the summer.

A 22,000-square-foot SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium will be built to the left of American Eagle Outfitters, where mall security, restrooms and administrative offices are currently located. Those offices and amenities will be moved to a new spot in the mall once construction begins.

Although about 12 local and state permits are required, construction is planned to begin this month.


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By ALUmnus
#574482 Hmm, could use a store or two....
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By Cider Jim
#574484 I think this is a GENIUS idea. Excellent outside of the box thinking. And it's bound to help our zoology majors at LU. :clapping
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By Purple Haize
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alabama24 wrote:
News & Advance wrote:SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium planned for River Ridge mall in Lynchburg
Rachael Smith


An aquarium is planned to open in River Ridge mall by the end of the summer.

A 22,000-square-foot SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium will be built to the left of American Eagle Outfitters, where mall security, restrooms and administrative offices are currently located. Those offices and amenities will be moved to a new spot in the mall once construction begins.

Although about 12 local and state permits are required, construction is planned to begin this month.


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There’s a comment about a pool boy that I’m refraining from :lol:
By Yacht Rock
#574491 This isn't bad. I see people complain that the mall should be for stores but the reality of the modern day market is that you can shop from home and by providing an experience in the mall that drives foot traffic, it may help increase sales at the brick and mortar locations.

The big question will be how much foot traffic can this location drive in the long term. It certainly looks interesting and family passes aren't too expensive. If they provide a good enough experience, could drive repeat visits.

You know what I would love? Something similar to The Void. https://www.thevoid.com

That's one of the better experiences I've ever had but our market wouldn't support it long term.
By lynchburgwildcats
#574593 SeaQuest has a notorious reputation for mistreating the animals and has a bad track record of keeping customers safe, so as much as I like the concept, I will not be going. Much like when I stopped going to the Natural Bridge Zoo and Safari Park once their animal mistreatment/abuse scandals started popping up a few years ago. I have less than zero use for people who can't treat animals with respect.
https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/f ... estigation
https://wsvn.com/news/investigations/an ... -in-court/
https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/ ... t-but.html
By thepostman
#574614 You needed a report to make you realize the animals at that joke of a zoo were mistreated? I went once over 10 years ago and it was the most depressing place. I couldn't believe it was allowed to operate. I'm sure it's on gotten worse.