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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

New Businesses Moving Forward in Alexandria Despite Challenges

The sign is in place and construction well underway for a new Chipolte Mexican Grill location in Alexandria's Village Green Shopping Center. The restaurant is not the only new business coming to the city. Watch for Harbor Freight and more.
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By Robin Gee, city council beat editor

Business is picking up in Alexandria, despite the slow down and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chipolte Mexican Grill, which is moving into the building that once housed a Sonic location, is putting finishing touches on the building as it prepares to open in late September. That location is in the Village Green Shopping Center at 7105 Alexandria Pike.

At a recent city council meeting, Alexandria Mayor Andy Schabell announced that discount tool merchandiser Harbor Freight will share space in the former County Market building, located at 7109 Alexandria Pike, with Burkes outlet store. Harbor Freight tentative opening date is planned for October 13. Burkes is set up and ready to open on September 21, if all goes as planned.

Also at the meeting, the city council heard from Robert Viox, owner of Four Mile Pig Barbecue. Started as a food truck, the small batch barbecue eatery has been occupying space within the Alexandria Brewing Company but is now making preparations to move into its own building at 7962 Alexandria Pike.

The business is busy with remodeling the space, adding a drive through and limited seating. The plan is to open for business in the new location August 3. For more information, see the Four Mile Pig website or their Facebook page.

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