Westmont Shopping Center

Hunter's Crossroads - South Glebe & Columbia Pike

February 17, 2016 updated 01/15/2016
Town Center: Alcova Heights, Arlington Heights, Douglas Park

Pike 3400, Columbia Pike

Pike 3400


One of the main Intersections on the Pike is at South Glebe Road. This area is known as Hunter's Crossroads history below but the name is rarely used today. On the southwest corner is Pike 3400 a new apartment and townhouse complex t. The complex has a five-story apartment building and 43 townhouses. The ground floor of the apartments is commerical space. (I will give more information on 3400 once all of the complex has been completed).

Westmont Shopping center

Westmont Shopping Center

On the northeast corner is the Westmont Shopping Center, a small strip mall that opened in 1941 history below.

Simplicity Urgent Care Center  which is part of  the INOVA Medical Group is on the north side of the center and Boston Market and Papa John's are on the south side.


Simplicity Ungent Care

Current Businesses

Simplicity Urgent Care
Liberty: Tax Prepartion, 3259
Sebartian: Hair Salon, 3257
Mom' s Pizza's, 3255
Mattress Discounters, 3254
Sports House Grill: Restaurant, 3249
Car Quest: Auto Parts, 3237

Inova Urgent Care, Columbia Pike
Dave's: Seafood and Subs, 3235
Boston Market:: American Comfort Fare, 3233
Papa John's: Pizza , 3233A


Update

Simplicity Urgent Care has been changed to Inova Urgent Care.  It remains the same company.

Inova Urgent Care, 3263


Boston Market, Columbia Pike
Papa John's, Columbia Pike

Bank of America Columbia Pike

Bank of America


Bank of America is on the northwest corner of the Pike at 3401 Columbia Pike directly across from the Westmont Shopping Center.

Exxon and Midas


On the southeast corner is an Exxon Station, Tiger Mart and Midas, Automotive Service Center at
1001 South Glebe Road.
Exxon, Columbia Pike
Tiger Mart, Columbia Pike


History

Hunter Crossroads Plaque

Hunter's Crossroads

South Glebe Road was built in the 18th century to connect Northern Arlington to Alexandra. Columbia Turnpike was built in 1808. Hunter's Crossroads eventually became the name of the intersection.
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In the late 1850tys Louisa Hunter gave the land on the northeast corner of the of Columbia Pike and Glebe Road to the Methodist Church. The church became known as Hunter's Chaple. During the civil war in 1861 the church was seize and distroyed by Union Troops. The congregation eventually moved to a new church a couple of blocks away at 716 South Glebe. It is no longer at this location as of late 2015.

By the 1920s both Glebe and the Pike had surfaced roads.

Westmont Shopping Center

On the northeast corner where Westmont Shopping Center is located was Snoot's farm which housed the first fire truck for this area in one of its barn. A fire station was later built on Edgewood behind what is now Pike Park.


Drawing: Westmont Center

The Westmont Shopping Center opened in 1941. In 1940 the Washington Post reported:

Another shopping center is scheduled for Arlington, Va. Progressive Building Corporation, headed by Hyman Eckhaus, president, has purchased as the site, more than 90,000 square feet at the northeast intersection of Columbia pike and Glebe road, it is reported. The transaction was handled through the office of Kelley, Steele & Branner and Gilliam Parramere. The structure described as an outstanding one, has been designed by E. J. Conner.
The projected center will represent an investment of approximately $250,000, and will be ready for occupancy October 1. According to estimates, density of Arlington traffic has increased almost 100 per cent since last year’s count. On this basis, it is estimated 12,000 cars on Columbia pike and 600 on Glebe road will pass the site daily. Kelley, Steele & Branner will be the leasing agents.
Washington Post 06/16/1940

Branch Arlington Library

Library

There have been a lot of businesses in this shopping center including a  Ben Franklin's Five and Dime. At one point there was a branch of the Arlington library . The Library moved into 3239 in 1959 and stayed until 1975, when it moved to its present location on S. Walter Reed. The library was on the the east corner of the center and its doors faced Glebe Road, the same section of the shopping center that is shown in the Hollywood Video photo below. 
The Ben Franklin Five and Dime closed at the end of 1978. The store had been at this location for 27 years. The store closed because of an rent increase.

Benton, 46 and his wife, Sheila, bought the store for $50,000 five years ago. They say they are closing it because their profit margin is not high enough to meet a more than doubling of their rent. washington post 1978

Hollywood Video, Columbia Pike

Hollywood Video & Drug Stores

There were at least three drug stores Carrier's Drug, Dart Drug and Rite-Aid Pharmacy each replacing the other in that order. Hollywood Video replaced Rite-Aid. Hollywood Video arrived in 2003 and was gone by 2007. Simplicity Urgent Care Center opened in this spot in 2010.

Notoriety

Notoriety came to Westmont via Champion Billards.

At Champion Billiards, authorities said, juveniles as young as 15 were found using cocaine and participating as intermediaries in drug transactions. Others as young as 12 were suspected by police of using and trafficking in illegal drugs....
Among those charged... three managers of Champion Billiards at 3249 Columbia Pike in the Westmont Shopping Center, who were also charged with illegal gambling. Police said they found no evidence that the owners of the firms were involved.
Washington Post 12/11/1981

Five Guys, Columbia Pike

Bakeries and Five Guys

There were two bakeries, the first was Clement's Pastry  which moved to DC and was replaced by Brenner's Bakery. Brenner's moved from the southeast corner of the Pike and Glebe where it had opened in 1946. Brenner's was in Westmont for many years but lost their lease in 2001and H & R block moved into their location

In 1986 Jim Murrell and his sons opened their first location for Five Guys hamburgers and in the beginning their buns were baked by Brenners.

Five Guys, Columbia Pike


Chevrolet

Rosenthal Chevrolet replaced Brenner's Bakery on the southeast corner when Brenner's moved to Westmont.. I am not sure of the date when Chevrolet moved into this space. Chevrolet was replaced by Pike 3400 which opened in 2015.

 

Five Guys, Columbia Pike

Biblography


Arlington County Historic Preservation Office
Claim for Hunter Chapel
History of an Early Turnpike
Historical Markers,  
Social History of Columbia Heights

Memories of Arlington Virginia
Washington Post
Wikipedia