Campbell & Ferrara to Relocate in 2013

The local nursery and garden center will leave its longtime location in the Annandale area and be replaced by several single-family homes.

After more than 60 years at its Little River Turnpike location, Campbell & Ferrara Outdoor Living will relocate next year.

According to owners Jim and Donna Campbell, the family-owned and run business will move to 8357 Richmond Highway, during the summer of 2013.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” said Jim. “It gives us a chance to redefine our landscape services as we move forward into second generation.“

The longtime garden center will be replaced by 29 single-family homes, which will be built on Willow Run Drive.

“We’ll transition out as the homes are built and start building on our new location,” said Donna.

Campbell & Ferrara opened in the Annandale area in 1945. The store started out specializing in selling growing materials, but evolved over the years as the industry changed to keep up with the trends and demands of customers.

"Our real passion is landscape design. Creatively designing and transforming landscapes," said Donna.

The garden retail section of the store will close once the store begins the transition process to the Richmond Highway location.

The Campbells said they chose the new location primarily to stay near neighbors, friends and clients.

“It was very important to select a location that was close by. We’re here because of the community and their patronage,” said Donna.

At their new location, Campbell & Ferrara will debut their new 2D and 3D graphic renderings of landscape designs. The graphics are intended to help customers create a clear vision of their landscape projects. They will also offer more design options for outdoor kitchen areas, mobile LED outdoor lighting, native garden area, and high-end design water features.

Although they are excited to move, the Campbells said they will miss their original location.

“We’re very blessed to have had the opportunity to be here for all these years. We look forward to keeping that relationship with our existing clients and making new friends. This is a great community. It has a lot to offer,” said Donna.

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David Aims October 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Nice. Unfortunately, "community" as she defines it is smaller than region. The ANNANDALE community will be impacted by even more infill development and more cars on the road. This article is a little misleading because it gives the impression the business is located in Alexandria. It is not.
AIDA ABUZAYYAD October 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I really don't consider Richmond Highway to be 'staying in the neighborhood'. It's no longer the short drive up the street on 236, now it means taking a busy highway to get there and not the spontaneous dropping by ANYTIME, imagine driving there during rush hour!!!! I'm very SAD to see them leave us but sadder that I will not be a customer anymore. Annandale is not becoming necessarily a better place with all this development. I miss the old Annandale.
Sherell Williams (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM
David, the physical address for the store is 6651 Little River Turnpike Alexandria, VA 22312 and is therefore Alexandria. It may not be Alexandria city, but for mapping purposes, the store is physically located in the Alexandria part of Fairfax County. Everything east in that direction used to be Annandale, but that changed when the postal zip codes changed a few years ago. The store is most located to Annandale, which is why it is posted on this site since it is included in what is the greater Annandale area (as are the stores in Pinecrest and the neighborhood of Lincolnia).
Alex Craige October 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Sadness will miss my local biz place for plants! Shop local or another biz will be lost to big box stores!
David Aims October 16, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Fair enough, Sherell...technically it is in Alexandria. But IMHO a neighborhood and, by extension a community, is more defined by proximity, not postal codes!
Sherell Williams (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I definitely understand that, DavId! I know many residents feel that way about many of the stores and parts of the community that are now designated as Fairfax or Alexandria instead of Annandale, so we try and cover stories like this one for that reason. Our community is most impacted by such developments. I believe the Campbells consider the store to be very much part of the Annandale community as well.
Mary's Critter Care October 16, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Boo Hiss ... more housing
Kate October 16, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The fact is that the owners sold out to infill developers, who wanted far more than 29 houses on that small piece of land. It is only because of the fight brought on by the good people of Willow Run, that they were able to get it down to "only" 29 houses. This is all part and parcel to the infill mess that is destroying Annandale, all the while being championed by Penny's office. She is squarely behind these developers, who, while building UP, are destroying the character of Annandale, negatively impacting our crumbling stormwater system, and creating new traffic nighmares. I fail to see how most Annandale residents, who understand what happened here, will soon forgive or forget this sell out by the owners and by Penny, who once again, has failed to represent HER constituents.
Rita Zimmerman October 16, 2012 at 05:00 PM
As a 22312 resident of Alexandria, Fairfax County, I appreciate the coverage. We are not quite Annandale, yet definitely not Alexandria City. This redevelopment will definitely impact the area. Thanks for the article Sherell.
EL October 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
29 more homes? Ugh, do not want.
Vincent Careatti October 16, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Who in the world's going to drive to Richmond Highway. Just what we need to further clog that horrible area. Just lwhat we need more homes the clog up to 236 which is bumper-to-bumper almost 24 hours a day. I understand that the Campbell property contains on the biggest trees Fairfax County guess what they're coming down
Jo Ellen Walker October 17, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I absolutely agree with you! Penny Gross has virtually destroyed Annandale -- why does everyone continue to vote her into office? I really don't understand.
Beth O October 22, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Agreed! When is Penny going to start doing what's best for Annandale? Extra housing mean more cars and more families for our already overcrowded schools. Enough!
David Aims October 23, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Areas with higher development density tend to vote Democratic. Perhaps that's one reason why the Supervisors are sitting back and approving these kinds of projects.
Karen Stay May 05, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Just a note, after reading all the comments I feel a need to comment on the commitment that the Campbell's have made to this community for many years. They have contributed to my school and cub scouts for at least 5 years. Time changes and they have a right to sell their land, taxes and changes in the economy take their toll. I live in this community and agree we need to curtail unnecessary development but do you really want to criticize business professionals that have been part of the community? The land is valuable yes, would you rather they go bankrupt and then who knows what would happen, I don't know how it all came about but be open minded, where do you live?
john May 13, 2013 at 11:20 AM
THIS is the heart of the matter.....succinctly put.... It's just another sell-out, transition into comfortable 'retirement'....the new location, which is, incidently adjacent to the massive Islamic center (formerly Mt. Vernon High School) will compete heavily with J.J. and Vanessa's wonderful Hollywood and Vines...which is higher end and over-priced....Good luck C. & F.... p.s. Wonder what will become of the wonderful Cypress at the old nursery? Probably plowed and burned....very very sad.
David Aims May 13, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I agree that C&F can sell their property -- it's a free market. What I disagree with and oppose, however, is greedy developers who try to maximize profits by bulldozing every last remaining tree and build whatever they want. That harms the common good of the community. Not only does it impact air quality, it also destroys the visual presentation (curb appeal) of the street. The Mason District government, in my opinion, does very little to manage development in a way that preserves the beauty of Virginia.


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