Columbia Pike Plaza

Columbia Pike Plaza

Jan 14, 2018
Neighborhood Center: Arlington Mill and Columbia Forest

Dinwiddie and Columbia Pike

Strip Mall

The Columbia Pike Plaza is a strip mall that faces Columbia Pike. It is across the road from Arlington Mill Community Center. South Dinwiddie runs between the the two. This area is part of the Neighborhood Center which runs from South Arlington Mill to South Greenbier.

Dinwiddie and Columbia Pike

Need More Information


I have not been able to find much information about this shopping center not even the year it was built . Please let me know if you have any information about the history of the Plaze that I can add to the site . The only information i have is about the Bruce's 5&10 which was in the Plaza till 1993 I think it opened in 1983 but I am not sure. I would like to know exactly when the Plaza opened and what was there before Contact  

If you contact me with information please let me know if I can include your name with your comments.


Updated 02/01/2018

I got quite a few comments regarding the plaza. In addition to the comments below I have added the information next to the photos see below. I have not included all of the comments I received because some included the type of information that I am not using for this site at the moment but thanks anyway. I corrected, took out the reference to hugh turnover above. I will use the Barcroft Hardware Store and Reality Business information when I include a page on The Shopping Center next to Buchanan Street. I would still like to know exacly then the Plaza opened.

Comments


Back in the mid-sixties you could buy Christmas trees on the Dinwiddie side of the parking lot for $1.00 a foot. There was a different Chinese carry-out where Andy's is now. A jewelry store and a family-owned fabric shop were just to the right of the drug store (People's ?). Somewhere was a bargain price chain store specializing in frozen and packaged food, Murry's Steaks (not sure of the spelling. All these places were there for years and years. I miss them! I'm thinking there was a bank in there too. Joan Mulholland 01/24
That's right, Joan. The bank was First Virginia Bank. (Now BB & T). My husband worked there as a teller during the mid-80's. One of his first jobs when [he came] to the US. What is now that Megamart was a five and dime when I was a kid in the 70's. Ben Franklin, I believe? Ellen Vicens 01/24
Wasn't that Bruce Variety Store? Yes, Werner's Jewelry Store and People's Drug Store... Don't forget about Barcroft Hardware--I sure miss that. Jane Roningen 01/25
Wasn't  Barcroft hardware in the tiny strip mall at Buchanan and Columbia Pike. At one time that store was next to a real estate office...   I'm trying to remember the name of the guy who owned the Hardware store -- he lived on First Street. Jim Land 01/25
I don’t think it is accurate to characterize this plaza as a place with high turnover. Sure, businesses come and go but a lot of the existing retailers have been there many, many years... Deborah Wood
Frank Banevicz owned the hardware store.  He is no longer with us.  His daughter sold the house and moved to CO. Therea Saunders 01/27



Columbia Pike Plaza
Cinthia's Bakery Bolivan Restaurant with Bakery
5037 Columbia Pike
It has been open about 3 years ( I am not sure) There was another Bakery here before
CVS, Columbia Pike Plaza
There was also a First Virginia Bank located in the Plaza I am not sure of the exact location or dates.

Columbia Pike Plaza
5035 Barber Shop
CVS, Columbia Pike Plaza
5033 Andy's Carry Out Previously a Chinese Carryout
5031, Hairstyles, LA Nails

Columbia Pike Plaza
5029 Plaza$Store
5027 Columbia Services, Western Union Agent, Check Cashing, Opened 2017. There was also a Murry's Steaks sometime earlier
CVS, Columbia Pike Plaza
5025: Little Caesars, Pizza
5023 1.99 Family Dry Cleaners

Columbia Pike Plaza
5017: CVS Pharmacy,
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Columbia Pike Plaza
5015 Columbia Pike Family Dentistry
5013 Werner's Jewelry   replaced by Casa Furniture
5011 MetroPCS phones, accessories & repair services
5007 Popeyes Louisiana-accented fast-food

There was also a family owned Fabric Store in the plaza but I do not know the exact location

Columbia Pike Plaza
5005 McDonalds burger fast food
5001 Wegamart Express opened in 2017, before was Oriental Supermarket (see photo lower down) Until about 1993 there had been a Five and Dime here, Bruces Varity Store and possibly a Ben Franklins earlier.


Columbia Pike Plaza
Stall outside Megamart Express
Columbia Pike Plaza

Stall outside Megamart Express



Columbia Pike Plaza
Stall outside Megamart Express
Columbia Pike Plaza

Snowie Truck in Parking Lot next to Dinwiddie

In the mid 60ys you could buy Christmas Trees in this area for a $1 a foot.



Columbia Pike Plaza
Casa Furniture replaced the Werner's Jewelry
Columbia Pike Plaza
Oriental Supermarket which was replaced by Wegamart


Bus Stop in front of Columbia Pike Plaza

Streetscaping


At the moment ( January 2018) streetscape improvements are under way starting at the county line in the Western Gateway section of the Pike and continuing through this area to Four Mile Run. The improvements will include wider sidewalks , new street lights, upgraded traffic signals, street trees and at some point new transit stations. The transit stations ( Transit Development Plan ) will replace bus stops in this area of the Pike. When completed there will be 23 new transit stations on the Pike.


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