New stores planned at lake, Zion

El Mariachi’s owners say the restaurant may open by August in the former Lelo’s Pizza and Burritoh spaces in Freedom Plaza at Zion Crossroads.


Another dollar store is coming to the Lake Anna area, this time on a property adjacent to the entrance road to North Anna Power Station. 

Dollar General submitted a site plan application to Louisa County officials on June 18. It would be the third such store serving the lake, with existing stores on New Bridge Road and on Bumpass Road near the east end of Kentucky Springs Road.

Jeffrey Remmers, who has developed numerous residential and commercial projects at Lake Anna over the past decade, is listed on the State Corporation Commission website as registered agent for the seven-acre property on the northwest corner of Haley Drive.

Meanwhile a Dollar Tree and 7-11 convenience store are under review for Zion Crossroads, the county’s other fast-growing commercial hub.

The dollar store is planned on a portion of an 18-acre property on Freedom Trail, just north of the Dunkin’ Donuts. The 7-11 would be situated between a planned O’Reilly Auto Parts and Hampton Inn on the west side of James Madison Highway (Route 15), north of Spring Creek Parkway.

Development has slowed somewhat in Zion Crossroads even as new applications keep coming in. A Waffle House proposed in early 2018 has yet to be constructed. The owner of the Hampton Inn said last year he hoped to break ground soon, but there is no sign of progress to date. 

Some delays are likely due to the coronavirus, but there have also been snags due to other issues. The Hampton Inn and O’Reilly store have been set back as Virginia Department of Transportation works out where a new access road will be located parallel to Route 15.

The owners of El Mariachi, a new Mexican restaurant, posted on Facebook that they hope to open their doors in August in the former Lelo’s Pizza space near Freedom Drive. Meanwhile, Rhett Craddock, who has been building the Rhett’s Bar and Grill near the IHOP, said his new target date for opening is September.


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