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Sunday, October 13, 2013
An olive oil and balsamic vinegar store at the Shoppes at West Village in southwest Roanoke County has been sold.
Greg and Kristi Gerhart, owners of neighboring store Pino Gelato, recently purchased Oliveto from Elizabeth Merian. Merian opened the store two years ago.
The Gerharts had thought about opening a similar business years ago after visiting a store in Pinehurst, N.C., Kristi Gerhart said. They didn't pursue the idea, but they did start using the oils and vinegars in their pizzas, sandwiches and breadsticks. When Oliveto opened, Pino Gelato began using its products.
Merian approached the Gerharts about purchasing the store, and the Gerharts saw the potential for Oliveto and Pino Gelato to grow together, Kristi Gerhart said. Her father, Lew Jamison, owns part of the shopping center.
"It's a great business and a great product," she said.
The Gerharts plan to cut an opening between the stores to encourage customers to browse while their food is being prepared at Pino Gelato.
Pino Gelato's menu will also change. The Gerharts plan to add new items that will showcase Oliveto's products, such as sandwich spreads.
Oliveto might also offer cooking classes using Pino Gelato's kitchen, Gerhart said.
Shoppers at Oliveto will soon notice a refrigerated section holding gourmet cheeses, but little else will change, Gerhart said.
The Gerharts retained the store's manager, Levi Buck, and plan to use the same distributors, Gerhart said.
Merian is a stay-at-home mom and foodie who opened the store after visiting a similar store in Maine. She decided to sell the business because she is building a house in Maine and said she needed to be free of the responsibility of running the business.
"I was really interested in finding someone to carry on the torch," Merian said in an email. "I think Kristi will be great for that and even furthering the business."
Payless Shoes on the move
Last month I reported on changes at Valley View Mall, which included the closing of Salon del Sol in The District and the recently finished work on the courtyard bordered by Zumiez, Zales Jewelers, Ulta Beauty and Victoria's Secret.
Even more changes are happening.
A building permit filed in Roanoke indicated that the current Payless Shoes space on the upper level outside Sears will soon undergo an alteration to build walls, and install plumbing, ducts, lighting, and floor, wall and ceiling finishes.
Mall general manager Louise Dudley said the discount shoe store is moving to the first floor in the space where Tui Na Master, a massage business, is located. The massage business will reopen outside Barnes & Noble where Virginia last year opened the Women's Infants and Children Community Wellness Center. The wellness center is leaving the mall, Dudley said.
It remains unknown what is planned for the current Payless Shoes space. Dudley said a business has signed a lease for the space, but she wouldn't disclose more information, including the name of the new tenant, because she said it "involves several stores."
An announcement regarding a new tenant for the Salon del Sol space in The District should be made soon, Dudley said.
Shoppers will also notice upgrades to the mall's play area.
Better Bathrooms & Kitchens sponsored the play area outside f.y.e. and just completed its remodeling.
The layout of the play area is the same, but the walls and benches have been reupholstered and a new floor installed. The renovations added an archway at the play area's entrance, and, keeping with Better Bathroom & Kitchen's logo, two large rubber ducks for children to climb on. A ribbon cutting with goodie bags for children is scheduled for Friday.
Five Guys, urgent care head to North End Center
Blacksburg's North End Center is getting two tenants.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Carilion Clinic's VelocityCare urgent care center will open at the center next year, said John Nielsen, first vice president of the real estate firm Thalhimer.
Five Guys is relocating its restaurant on University City Boulevard, which is about a mile and a half away, Nielsen said. A spokeswoman for the burger company did not return several phone calls seeking more information about the restaurant.
The new restaurant will occupy 2,748 square feet in the small building farthest from Prices Fork Road. It is expected to open early next year, Nielsen said.
VelocityCare will open a 9,000-square-foot urgent care center next to the Virginia Tech bookstore. The urgent care center is the fifth in Virginia and is expected to open in January. Other urgent care centers are in Roanoke, Daleville, Christiansburg and Westlake.
Carlion Clinic also will provide orthopedic services at North End, according to a news release from Carilion.
The North End Center is a 227,000-square-foot mixed use development adjacent to Virginia Tech. Other tenants include The Center of Dance.
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