Members of Regency’s Raleigh, Jacksonville and Richmond teams hosted an open house to introduce our new Carytown Exchange development to neighbors in the Carytown neighborhood of Richmond. The location? The abandoned former Martin’s grocery store in the soon-to-be-demolished Richmond Shopping Center. The meeting allowed us to unveil design plans for Carytown Exchange and created a comfortable atmosphere for the Regency team to address concerns and take questions from community members. Carytown residents are passionate about the character of their neighborhood, comprised of unique storefronts, dynamic mix of merchants, and walkability. When complete, Carytown Exchange will be more than 120,000 SF and will be anchored by Publix Supermarkets.
The meeting created a buzz of excitement, and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from attendees. Interest was high because the now-abandoned Richmond Shopping Center has been poised for redevelopment for a decade and is located at the entrance to Carytown. Speculation about the redevelopment plans had circulated for years and hundreds of people showed up to see the vision firsthand. In addition to the large presence of neighbors, the event was covered by all of Richmond’s television stations as well as its two newspapers.
In recognition of the event's success, the team recently received The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Silver MAXI Award in Las Vegas for the Carytown Exchange Open House under the Community category. As stated by ICSC, The Maxi Awards “showcase the creative and innovative practices that paint the picture for the future of the industry, highlighting the retail real estate industry’s most innovative events, programs and technologies that add value to shopping centers and companies throughout the country.”
Chris Widmayer, Vice President of Investments; Jan Hanak, Vice President, Marketing and Communications; Robyn Marano, Regency Centers Senior Manager Property Marketing
This event offered a unique opportunity to create a meaningful relationship with the Carytown neighborhood and we’re honored that ICSC recognized our efforts,” said Chris Widmayer, Vice Presidents, Investments. "The town hall was the perfect format to introduce our project in a relaxed environment where everyone was comfortable asking questions and sharing ideas. We were truly overwhelmed with the outpouring of interest from the neighborhood and their participation in this event.
To learn more about the Carytown Exchange town hall meeting, click here.