Spectrum Nears Selling Out of Condo Units in F.C., Retailers Primed to Open

As of Sept. 17, 170 of the 189 condo units in The Spectrum at 444 W. Broad have been sold, with 11 more under contract, the City of Falls Church’s Economic Development Office reported in its monthly update today. In addition, three retailers are poised to open in October, including the Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt, the Moby Dick’s House of Kabobs, and Beadazzled beads store. The good news for the site included Max Fox Brewing Company being named the winner of the annual Taste of Falls Church Saturday on the strength of barbecued oysters that have been added to its regular menu.

Monday, the BB&T bank will finally open for business at the site of the former Chicken Out in the West End Plaza, and 24 Hour Fitness Center at the site of the old Symms story on E. Broad will open for a “sneak peek” from 5-8 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 20, with a grand opening on Friday. A new City business, Brits on Broad, with gifts and hair styling, will be open on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the location of the former Bangkok Blues cafe.

Developer Bob Young having abandoned plans for a five-story mixed use building at the site (due, he says, to unfavorable initial reactions at City Hall), AGI Granite and Meat in a Box are being renovated and have signed leases to stay. The ribbon cutting at Body Dynamics, which opened at Pearson Square on Sept. 6, is set for Oct. 5, and plans have been submitted to City Hall for a build-out of 5,000 square feet at the former Hollywood Video site in The Broadway for an “Ortho Urgent Care” clinic.