The Shops at Stonefield are filling up – but developers say they've been deliberate and picky over who will call the commercial center home.
Jason Alley, chef and partner of Pasture restaurant, is prepping for a grand opening and a new beginning.
"It seemed like the right time and right place," said Alley.
Alley has wanted to set up shop in Charlottesville for four years. He says the Shops at Stonefield provided a good fit for Pasture - a popular spot in Richmond.
"There's a really good mix of tenants here so we feel like it's going to be really appealing not just to the people in Charlottesville but the surrounding areas as well," said Alley.
Developers say the shopping center is 80 percent leased and they have good reason for taking their time.
"We were very patient. We didn't just want to bring in just any retailer so that we could just fill the shopping center and get it open," said Brad Dumont, Edens vice president of development.
The Regal movie theater is bringing in huge crowds from up to 60 miles away and they're potential customers for the other shops and restaurants.
"I think we were overwhelmed at first with how well they were doing," said Dumont.
The Hyatt Place hotel will open on September 26.
The goal is to have any vacant spots filled by next spring.
"This plan is going to continue to evolve over the next 10 to 15 years," said Dumont.
Phase two of the build out will include a Costco and 120 townhomes. Pasture will officially open on September 16.
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