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Christiansburg shopping center losing stores after talk of Sam's Club fizzles

October 05, 2010|Holly Pietrzak | New River Valley Newsroom Chief

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — A Christiansburg shopping center sits mostly vacant.
    It recently lost ANOTHER business.
    All of this as property managers search for a nationally known anchor store.
    The most recent inquiry came from Sam's Club, but that never materialized.
    Within the past year, at least five stores and restaurants have pulled out of the Christiansburg Marketplace.
    The Sub Shack was the latest to fall victim.
    The the restaurant closed just days ago.
    Owner Leslie Paradiso said word of a Sam's Club possibly moving into the center gave her hope to stay open.
    She anticipated more foot traffic from the big anchor store.
    However, Paradiso said when Big Lots and Tractor Supply moved out and there was no sign of Sam's moving in -- the writing was on the wall for Sub Shack.
"We were told that Sam's Club was a done deal pretty much.  That they were going to be leveling down from where Big Lots was and Book A Million and that they were going to be moving it forward and they were going to have gas stations and everything and next thing we're hearing rumors that it's not coming," said Leslie Paradiso, Owner of the Sub Shack.
    The town of Christiansburg was in contact with Sam's Club representatives a year ago but no final plans were ever submitted.
    The leasing manager of this shopping center said he's still looking for a first rate, national anchor store.
Paradiso said she would reconsider opening the Sub Shack if an anchor store moves into the shopping center.

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