Bloom Property Still Vacant a Year Later

New businesses have moved into Annandale since Bloom closed in January 2012, but none into that property.

Despite efforts to find a business to move into the property once occupied by the Bloom supermarket in the Annandale Shopping Center, the space remains vacant more than a year after Bloom closed.

According to Carol Zach-Reuss, manager of the Annandale Shopping Center, the property is still available for lease. Zach-Reuss said every effort is being made to find the right business to move into the space.

The Annandale Bloom opened in January 2010 at 7000 Columbia Pike. The store closed in late January 2012 awhen Delhaize America closed several of its underperforming stores.

What do you want to see replace Bloom? Take our poll in our first Visions for Vacancies for 2013.

Zach-Reuss said the property has typically housed grocery stores. It was once an A&P and then a Magruder's. There was also a time when part of the property was a Dart Drug store and later a Rite Aid. The property was once two spaces, but the two properties were merged to accommodate a larger grocery store when Rite Aid left.

Do you remember a store that used to be located in the former Bloom property? Tell us your memories in the comments!

CD February 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM
I think the property should be divided into several smaller stores and have a mall type entrance. There could be a restaurant and a few speciality shops. I would love to a think out of the box approach on this space.
Beth O February 14, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Anything but another car loan place, thrift store, fast food/Asian/ pizza restaurant, or drug store. We've got more than enough of those!
Jimmy Ray Valentine February 14, 2013 at 02:40 PM
An outdoor sports shop like REI would be nice.
Steph February 14, 2013 at 04:42 PM
I would love to see a Chipotle and/or Panera Bread there. The closest of those is in Merrifield and the new Mosiac stores/movie theatre, etc open there have caused parking for that Chipotle and Panera Bread to be much more challenging.
DL Thurston February 15, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Buenos Grill is right across the street, which is basically a Chipotle except (a) so much better and (b) locally owned.
Broyhill resident February 15, 2013 at 11:39 PM
I would love to see a wholefoods in that locatio
PatC March 02, 2013 at 09:52 PM
I would like to see a Whole Foods or Wegmans here. It seems unfortunate that Blooms died out because it seemed not to be able to compete with Giant and Safeway in close proximity. Maybe it's too much competition with larger stores if another grocery store goes in ??
JD March 29, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Whole Foods
Elaine March 31, 2013 at 02:54 AM
I think that they should do something for families with kids like an indoor playground with the ice-cream stand and a carrousel. There was one like that in SkyLIne Mall long time ago, and now they placed a Target there. Horrible!
Elaine March 31, 2013 at 02:56 AM
There is Harris Teeter close by and farmer's market -- no need for Whole Foods!
Sunnat October 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM
How about a Christmas Tree Shops? That would be awesome!
PatC October 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM
How about a Lowe's to give Home Depot some competition.
Elaine October 17, 2013 at 03:54 PM
other suggestions: www.rebounderzsterling.com www.allsportsgp.com Movie theater for children/teenagers with Arcade
Ray Garvey February 14, 2014 at 08:05 PM
The problem for any grocery store that goes in there is the same reason the other ones have failed; insufficient parking and poor access. I live a couple of blocks away and tried to support Bloom, which I much preferred to Giant and Safeway. Unfortunately, the writing on the wall became apparent early and they began cutting the staff. Never enough cashiers, bakery, butcher an deli chronically understaffed or not staffed at all. I doubt that it would ever get a permit, but I know of one business that would thrive there. An indoor gun range. Yeah, I said it. Over 15,000 concealed carry permits issued in Fairfax County last year and aside from the always busy and crowded NRA Range in Fairfax, there really aren't any places to shoot within a reasonable drive time. The space could accommodate a 20-24 lane range and a small restaurant/snack bar, as well as a retail store. Sound proofing and safety for a space that size would be an easy retrofit. The only problem, again, would be that miserly small parking lot. But, like I said, not gonna happen in Fairfax County.


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