Archive: Business

UPDATE 6/18 Trooper Testifies in Koger Shooting Charges

Updated 6/18 The latest on this story was detailed in this morning's Metro section: a state trooper testified in court yesterday that police later identified as Jeffrey Koger pointed a shotgun at him during the the February incident. Updated 2/5 The Post's reporting on the charges against Koger is here. Updated 2/4 Fairfax County police have released information that the suspect in the shootings near the Springfield Mall on Saturday was Jeffrey Koger of Koger Management. Koger has been charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer. More updates to follow. Updated 11/29 According to a lawsuit filed last month, some of it may have gone to a hip steak and sushi place in the District. Read about it in this article from yesterday's Metro section. Updated 7/20 The latest news comes from a report from a forensic accountant to state regulators. The story is here. Updated 3/23 According...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 18, 2008; 09:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

Consignment Store Caters To Korean Fashionistas

At Grace & Kelli consignment boutique, members of the the local Korean community are finding hot deals on the designer fashions that Gina Kim, owner of Annandale store, says they want. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 29, 2008; 11:29 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 2/29: Army Narrows BRAC Alternatives

Updated 2/29 Two Alexandria locations and the General Services location in Springfield are still in the running to get the jobs moving from Fort Belvoir. Read the latest in this article from this week's Fairfax Extra. Updated 12/17 An article on with more details and analysis of what local and regional changes can be expected be of BRAC shuffles was in yesterday's Metro section. Updated 11/30 The latest on the increasingly stiff competition to lure the jobs originally planned for Fort Belvoir is in this story from today's Metro section. Updated 10/11 The plan to shift some BRAC jobs from Fort Belvoir jobs to Springfield is facing a challenge from a private property owner of 16 acres along Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria. Lee District Supervisor T. Dana Kauffman (D) calls the Alexandria proposal a "rigged deal." Read about it in this article from today's front page. Updated 8/27 The neighborhoods...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 29, 2008; 09:35 AM ET | Email a Comment

Sprint Decamps For Kansas

Reston-based Sprint Nextel will move its corporate headquarters to Kansas, chief executive Dan Hesse announced yesterday. Jobs may follow. Read the story in today's Business section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 14, 2008; 11:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

Dulles Corridor Growth Headed For Slowdown

The booming business corridor east of Dulles International Airport is headed for a slowdown, according to this article in today's Business section. Following job growth of 24 percent over the past seven years, the softening economy and fewer federal contracts will lead to competition for office tenants in the area say sources....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 12, 2007; 09:58 AM ET | Email a Comment

Volkswagen to Move National HQ to Herndon

According to today's Business section, the German automaker has announced plans to move the headquarters of its Volkswagen of America operation from Michigan to Herndon, bringing 400 jobs to Fairfax County....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 6, 2007; 10:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Bar Owner Turns to Patrons to Keep Music Playing

At T.T. Reynolds on main street in Fairfax City, the curtain might be falling for the final time on the tavern's stage, a longtime performance venue for local rock bands. According to this story in today's Fairfax Extra, the high price of the pending sale of the building that houses the bar has Jeremy Gifford nervous that the costs of a new lease may be out of reach. To that end he is looking to buy the building himself and to afford it, he hopes the fans and bands will help him out....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 16, 2007; 12:13 PM ET | Email a Comment

Supervisor Wants Action on Springfield Eyesore

A dilapidated restaurant building in Springfield is being held up by some county officials as an example of the commercial blight that existing ordinances leave them ill-equipped to deal with. The story is in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 16, 2007; 11:49 AM ET | Email a Comment

Company Cleared in Firings Connected to Iraq Incident

A private Herndon-based security contractor was cleared of wrongdoing yesterday in the firings of two of its employees who had been terminated for failing to immediately report their supervisor -- they waited two days -- to the company after he shot into civilian vehicles in Iraq. Details are here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 2, 2007; 10:22 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 7/16: New Wrinkles in Search for Laborer Center Operator

Updated 7/16 New developments int he search for an operator for the center mean that Reston Interfaith is likely to stay in place for a while, whether town officials like it or not. Read the news here. Originally posted 7/12 Herndon officials say that they may select one of the two applicants to run the town's day laborer employment center as early as Aug. 14. Whichever of the applicants the town chooses, it would be under instructions to check the legal immigration status of all workers that come through its doors. The story is in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 16, 2007; 10:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Connolly's Job with Tysons Corporation Provokes Criticism

"Totally inappropriate" is how one of Gerald E. Connolly's fellow Democrats, McLean Citizen's association vice president Susan Turner, describes the Board of Supervisors chairman's work for SAIC, the area's fourth largest employer and major stake holder in decisions affecting land use and transportation issues in Tysons Corner. But Turner and other critics of Connolly's position with the company have not been able to cite any violation of the state's conflict of interest laws and the chairman says he has done everything above board, including recusing himself from votes that directly affect SAIC property. This article from yesterday's front page details Connolly's defense of his "other" job in the face of what some say is at least "a problem of appearances."...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 9, 2007; 10:50 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax College Application Service Faces Competition

Common Application, a non-profit Fairfax-based company, has been helping prospective college students apply simultaneously to multiple schools since 1975. Today, a Baltimore company ApplicationsOnline, will begin operating a competing, for-profit, service. Find out what that means for local students in this story....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 27, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax's Last Commercial Waterman to Retire

Marvin Louis Harley, seemingly the last of the commercial watermen from Fairfax County to derive his livelihood from the waters of the Potomac River, will retire later this summer, writing the last on a page in local history. The story was in yesterday's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 11, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

Springfield GOP Candidates on the Issues

The Republican candidates for the Springfield seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Pat S. Herrity and Stan L. Reid, have similar positions on issues of development but differ on the continued existence of the Fairfax County Development Authority; Herrity likes it, Reid doesn't. Read more on the candidates platforms in this article from yesterday's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 4, 2007; 10:24 AM ET | Email a Comment

County Considers Restrictions On Big-Box Retailers

County government leaders, who have articulated a desire to revitalize an ever-increasingly urban Fairfax, have put restrictions on mammoth one-story stores on the table. The news is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 18, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Sense of Community Grows in Coffee Shop

Independent coffee shop Janet's Java on Telegraph Road, just south of the the road's Beltway interchange has been brewing up good times for its clientele despite it's less-than-ideal location on the side of the highway and in the shadow of major highway construction. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 3, 2007; 11:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

Study Projects Fairfax Worker Shortage

An analysis of Fairfax County's projected job-growth over the next 25 years forecasts that by 2030 the number of jobs will have grown by 89 percent, while the population will have grown by 44 percent. The news that a large portion of the local work force will likely need to be imported from other jurisdictions is adding to the concern about our crowded roads and expensive housing. A news article was published in this morning's Business section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 30, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

Financial Reports Cite Builders as Top Donors to Connolly Campaign

Gerald E. Connolly (D) has received $808,293 since the beginning of 2004 for his reelection campaign for the Chairman's seat of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, according to a report from the Virginia Public Access Project. More than a third of that money has come from real estate development and construction companies. Connolly says he receives broad support from the business community and that focusing on the development dollars distorts perceptions of his donor base. The story was in yesterday's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 30, 2007; 09:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

Tysons Tunnel Pits Chamber Against Chamber

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce last week sent a letter to Gov. Kaine expressing concern about the support it's sister chamber in McLean is throwing behind the effort to get the Metrorail through Tysons Corner going underground instead of over head. At the the root of the Reston business community's concerns is the danger of higher tolls for those using the Dulles Toll Road should the pursuit of the tunnel option destroy hopes of federal funding assistance for the project. The news story is in this morning's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 12, 2007; 09:41 AM ET | Email a Comment

For Tysons Corner, A Zip Code of Its Own?

Tysons Corner is neither a part of McLean nor Vienna, though addresses in the area are listed as one or the other. Alan Fogg, the communications director for the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, writes in this column from yesterday's editions of The Post that, with redevelopment beginning, the time has come to give Tysons its own zip code....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 26, 2007; 10:18 AM ET | Email a Comment

Getting to the Meat of Matters in Tysons

This Fairfax Extra cover story looks at the growing trend of big business deals being put together over big slabs of beef at Tysons Corner's numerous steakhouses....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 8, 2007; 12:28 PM ET | Email a Comment

More Foreign Firms Moving to Fairfax

More and more, foreign companies are creating headquarters for their U.S. operations in Fairfax County. This Fairfax Extra article has the latest on the work of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and its work to encourage economic growth through foreign investment....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 7, 2006; 11:06 AM ET | Email a Comment

So, This Right? For Biz, Reston is Hot, Tysons is Not

In his Business section column today, Steven Pearlstein reports that Reston Town Center has overtaken Tysons Corner as the choice place for businesses to make their homes. A view of the Reston Town Center. (Jahi Chikwendiu - The Washington Post) But Pearlstein says he is putting his money on Tysons as the place with the most potential as a true urban center. So what do Focus on Fairfax readers think? Between Tysons and Reston where do you prefer to work, and why?...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 1, 2006; 09:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

Supes Want Competitive Bidding for Dulles Rail

Saying that the current contractors have stripped crucial features from the plan but kept excessive profits in it, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors yesterday asked the state to consider competitive bidding for the construction of a Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner. The Posts' story is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 26, 2006; 10:20 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fisher on Steak and Sympathy

Metro columnist Marc Fisher today opined on the situation with the Texas Roadhouse in Chantilly. The restaurant was forced to close its doors when large crowds turned out for the funeral processions of the two officers killed at the Sully District police station in a shootout at the station earlier this year. The manager calculated that the restaurant lost about $9,000 in business and asked the police for compensation in the form of forgiveness of fines the restaurant had incurred after a series of false burglar alarms due to system malfunction. Though Texas Roadhouse corporate management has since withdrawn the request and disciplined the manager who made it, Fisher calls the request callous and wonders how it could have ever been made. What's your take? Was the manager out of line, or was his request not entirely unreasonable considering the loss of business?...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 12, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Virginia Is Best State For Business

So says Forbes magazine. An article from today's Extras questions what this might mean for Mark Warner's presidential aspirations....

 

By | August 24, 2006; 12:27 PM ET | Email a Comment

Bigger Questions on Tysons Redevelopment/Rail

With all of the the discussion about the specifics of extending Metrorail through Tysons Corner and redeveloping the area into a walkable downtown for Fairfax County, are some bigger questions getting overlooked? Is the plan to remake Tysons feasible? Is it even desirable? This article from yesterday's Metro section takes a closer look at the big questions local officials face as decision time on what to do draws near....

 

By | August 21, 2006; 10:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 8/10: At Vienna Office Tower, No Dog Docs Allowed

Updated 8/10 The Vienna's Zoning Board of Appeals has denied Schutzengel's request. The Fairfax Extra's coverage is here. Originally posted 6/15 Finding a new home for an animal hospital isn't easy, as veterinarian Daniella Schutzengel found out when she faced fierce opposition to her plan to relocate her practice to a Vienna office tower. The Fairfax Extra has the tale....

 

By | August 10, 2006; 02:10 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 8/3: Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 4- Aug.6

Updated 8/3 There is good news for shoppers in this article from this morning's Metro section. Some of the state's larger retailers, including Wal-Mart and Circuit City, plan to extend the tax savings to all of their merchandise, not just school supplies, this weekend Originally posted 6/29 Virginia sales tax (5 percent) on back-to-school items and clothing will be lifted from 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4 through midnight Sunday, Aug. 6. Today's Fairfax Extra reports that the effort is designed to ease the burden on families with school-age kids. For a complete list of qualified items, visit www.tax.virginia.gov/salestaxholiday....

 

By | August 3, 2006; 09:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

See Extra for Home Sales, Crime Watch, Food Reviews

A review of Pasa Thai's cuisine is only one of several features in this week's Fairfax Extra. Check out the weekly animal for adoption, home sales and local crime. What's your favorite local restaurant? Let us know....

 

By | July 6, 2006; 12:13 PM ET | Email a Comment

Unfinished Amenities: A Developing Story

As a follow up to Sunday's story about developers in Fairfax leaving more than 120 projects unfinished, yesterday the Fairfax County Board called for closer oversight of development projects. Today's Metro section reports that the county has spent $1.1 million over the past five years to complete work developers have left incomplete. Projects have included unfinished roads, inadequate storm-water retention ponds, missing walking and biking trails and incomplete landscaping at condos, residential neighborhoods and office projects....

 

By | June 26, 2006; 12:20 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax Ranks High in Hispanic-Owned Businesses

The county is prime or hispanic-owned big business. A story in today's Fairfax Extra, Hispanic Business Magazine's 2006 rankings show Fairfax ahead of 42 states in the magazine's ranking of top Hispanic-owned businesses, ranked by 2005 revenue. They include MVM Inc.; Geologics Corp.; Tessada & Assoc.; Kfoury Construction Group Inc.; Priority One Services Inc.; BRTRC Inc.; Computing Technologies Inc.; Preferred Systems Solutins Inc.; Kemron Environmental Services Inc.; Engineering, Management & Integration Inc.; Cairo Corp.; and MAC Aerospace Corp. The companies represent everything from cleaning and construction to technology, defense, engineering and accounting....

 

By | June 22, 2006; 11:48 AM ET | Email a Comment

CIA's Tenet Joins Fairfax Firm

Today's Business section reports that former CIA director George J. Tenet, former chief information officer for the CIA Alan Wade and former CIA intelligence analyst John P. Young have joined the Analysis Corporation's (TAC) advisory board. The Fairfax-based intelligence and contracting company advises the federal government on potential terrorist threats....

 

By | June 22, 2006; 11:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

Appalachian Outfitters Site to Chevy Chase Bank

Appalachian Outfitters, which has been at the corner of Hunter Mill and Chain Bridge Roads for 30 years, is the latest Fairfax landmark to face the wrecking ball to make way for a bank. Read about the trend and the fate of the long time camping supplier in today's Business section....

 

By | May 22, 2006; 11:35 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax: The 2006 Guide

An Introduction To The Guide Trying to make sense of Fairfax? Join our club. To help newcomers learn and old-timers discover new possibilities, here's The Guide for 2006. We know how easy it is to get confused here, because there are about a million people -- more people than seven states have -- and trying to make sense of the governing machinery can be tricky. The local governments include those of the county and two cities, the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church, each with its own idiosyncrasies and treasures. What you'll find in these pages is our attempt to lead you to old favorites you had not thought of for a while or to what might become favorites. There's golfing and fishing and biking and walking, just to name a few leisure pursuits. If you have students in the family, there's a place within the county...

 

By | April 28, 2006; 09:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

5 Guys Build a Burger Chain

Washingtonpost.com readers' favorite hamburgers are about to become available to a whole lot of folks outside the Metro area. The Northern Virginia-born chain's franchising plan calls for 1,000 new  stores, according to this Business section article ....

 

By | April 3, 2006; 11:40 AM ET | Email a Comment

Is There Room In a Transit-Friendly Tysons For Car Dealers?

Car dealerships occupy 80 acres of land in the stretch of Leesburg Pike in Tysons Corner where an elevated rail line is expected to be built in five years. Now some Fairfax County planners are saying that the dealerships have got to go if the area is going to be remade as a transit-friendly community. Read about it in this morning's Metro section....

 

By | March 20, 2006; 10:41 AM ET | Email a Comment

Animal Rights Group Sues Circus in Fairfax Court

Updated 3/16 The jury found yesterday that Ringling Bros. did not harm or conspire against PETA. The story is here. Originally Posted 2/28The owner of the Tysons Corner-based Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus is being sued in  Fairfax by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for espionage. Circus officials admit to the espionage, saying it was necessary to combat aggressive tactics employed by PETA, which campaigns against the use of performing animals. Ringling Brothers says infiltration is not illegal and PETA can prove no harm. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By | February 28, 2006; 11:32 AM ET | Email a Comment

Texas Chili Gives Way To Virginia Development Pressures

A Fairfax Extra news story today shows how development pressures are forcing the closure of a Falls Church blue-collar landmark, the P&P Restaurant, recalled as "a community center with beer."...

 

By | February 23, 2006; 02:05 PM ET | Email a Comment

Please Read: Rules Issued for Commenting on Fairfax Focus Blog

Some readers of this blog have recently raised questions about the role of The Washington Post in policing Fairfax Focus. I have deleted a few blog posts because they did not meet The Post's standards for fairness. For more clarity about how to play by the rules, Jim Brady, the executive editor of washingtonpost.com has posted a message explaining the rules for readers participating in the site's Live Online discussions, discussion forums and for posting comments on the company's blogs. The complete list of rules is here. --Steve Fehr, Fairfax Extra Editor...

 

By | February 17, 2006; 01:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

Business Groups Put Up Money For Pre-K Programs

The group of local business leaders said that they are investing in their own future workforce by giving the youngest children a leg up. Today's Metro section has the story....

 

By | February 3, 2006; 11:06 AM ET | Email a Comment

Chantilly Company Under Investigation For Dumping Of Dead Pets

A Chantilly crematorium that specializes in disposal of the remains of deceased pets is under investigation by Fairfax County police after the carcasses of hundred of animals were discovered dumped in rural West Virgina. Read about it in today's Metro section....

 

By | February 3, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Community Dialogues Set on Future of Tysons Corner

From the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs: Tysons Corner Community Invited to Dialogue Sessions Residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations are invited to participate in a series of initial community dialogues in January and February to identify important issues regarding the future of Tysons Corner and how the introduction of rail stations will affect growth. The schedule of dialogue sessions, hosted by the Tysons Land Use Task Force, and more information on the Tysons planning study can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/.    To reserve a space in one of the dialogues, call the Tysons Community Dialogue Hotline at 703-324-1344, TTY 711, or e-mail tysonscornerspecialstudy@fairfaxcounty.gov. Since dialogue locations have different capacities, please sign up in advance so accommodations can be made for as many people as possible. Community members unable to attend a dialogue may provide comments online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/surveyform.htm. The results of the dialogues and comments submitted online will be...

 

By | January 19, 2006; 03:39 PM ET | Email a Comment

County Surpasses Telecommuter Goal

From today's Fairfax Extra: Fairfax County is the first jurisdiction to reach -- and then exceed -- a regional goal to have 20 percent of the eligible workforce telecommuting one day a week or more, county officials said. The 20 percent goal, set by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, was met by Fairfax by the end of last year, board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) told the supervisors Monday. "Teleworking is an essential tool for improving the region's air quality," Connolly said in a news release. He pointed out that 1,000 county employees telecommuting an average of one day a week would save 1.8 million commuting miles and prevent 720,000 pounds of pollutants from entering the air by taking cars off the roads. Telework also is an important part of emergency preparedness efforts, officials said in the news release. It can provide continuity of operations in government and the...

 

By | January 12, 2006; 01:46 PM ET | Email a Comment

Share Your Movie Theater Memories

Two score and six new movie theatre screens have opened in the county in the last 14 months. A recent Fairfax Extra cover story examines what that says about (and means for) the county. The Extra also invites it's readers to share their movie theater memories by emailing them to us....

 

By | January 12, 2006; 12:26 PM ET | Email a Comment

Cox To Offer 'Family Friendly' Package

From a news release: Cox Communications, Inc., today announced that it will launch a family programming package in early 2006...

 

By Steve Fehr | January 11, 2006; 05:45 PM ET | Email a Comment

Pulte Faces Possible Fines If It Can't Cut Car Use at MetroWest

Under the proposed plan, Pulte Homes the project developer would have to prove a reduction of  47 percent of residential car trips and 25 percent of business car trips or face the penalties. Today's Metro section has the story. ...

 

By | January 11, 2006; 10:44 AM ET | Email a Comment

Text of Independence Air's Letter to Customers

The Dulles-based airline, which employed many people in Fairfax County, will stop flying on Thursday. The company's letter to its customers is here. Post coverage of the news is here and here.  A Business section article on the job search that faces Flyi's employees is here. An analysis of what the airline's demise will do to air fares and a Q&A for ticket holders are also in today's Washington Post....

 

By | January 3, 2006; 01:03 PM ET | Email a Comment

Selling Fairfax County in India

An article in this morning's Business section provides an inside look at how the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is trying to sell the county as place for international businesses to locate offices. The article focuses on Prasad Tagat, who is a contractor working for the county in Bangalore, India....

 

By | December 30, 2005; 09:35 AM ET | Email a Comment

Economic Development Authority Sells Fairfax in Mexico

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority has sent officials to Mexico for the first time ever this week to try to entice Mexican companies to consider Fairfax County as the best site for expansion into the U.S. The authority officials are taking part in U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce meetings in Mexico City....

 

By | December 6, 2005; 03:56 PM ET | Email a Comment

Falls Church Seeks Its Retail Identity

The City of Falls Church and its struggles to create a meaningful experience for shoppers tempted by the lure of Tyson's Corner Center is the subject of this week's Fairfax Business Notebook....

 

By | November 28, 2005; 05:21 AM ET | Email a Comment

Cable TV From Verizon Now Available In Herndon

Cable television customers in Herndon now have a choice in providers with Verizon joining Cox Communications as the second company to offer service in the town. Details are in a Saturday Business section article. ...

 

By | November 21, 2005; 10:34 AM ET | Email a Comment

Mourning the Loss of an Indian Restaurant in Fairfax City

A reader writes in today's Fairfax Extra about the demise of downtown Fairfax's Connaught Place Indian restaurant. The building which houses the eatery is being razed to make room, first for parking during the downtown redevelopment project, and eventually for an expansion of the Kitty Pozer Garden....

 

By | November 17, 2005; 12:29 PM ET | Email a Comment

New Garage Opening Nov. 25 At Reston Town Center

Just in time for the holiday rush of shoppers, Reston Town Center will be opening a 400 space parking garage on Nov. 25....

 

By | November 16, 2005; 04:56 PM ET | Email a Comment

If You Build It...Will They Come?

Today's Business section reports on the construction of new office space in Northern Virginia. Developers are hoping that new federal government security requirements will have soon lead to occupation of the space. www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/13/AR2005111300680.html...

 

By | November 14, 2005; 09:30 AM ET | Email a Comment

Trader Joe's Opens Today in Centreville

From yesterday's Fairfax Extra: Centreville residents craving aronia berry juice or in desperate need of European-style butter will have a convenient solution beginning tomorrow, when a new Trader Joe's opens its doors at 14100 Lee Hwy., in the Newgate Shopping Center. The specialty grocery chain's quick-preparation gourmet products have a lot of appeal to time-crunched Northern Virginians who desire something more than the usual frozen dinner but don't want to spend much time in the kitchen. The store, which is decorated with murals of historic place in the Centreville area, is the seventh Trader Joe's in Northern Virginia. "In that region of Northern Virginia, customers have been so welcoming to us," said company spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki. "We like to go into areas in which there are a lot of foodies." Store manager Perry Zettersten will conduct a ceremonial lei-cutting at 9 a.m. -- ELISSA SILVERMAN...

 

By | November 11, 2005; 03:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

Warner: 860 High Tech Jobs Coming to N. Va.

From a news release: Gov. Mark R. Warner announced today that 860 new high-tech jobs are being brought to Northern Virginia as part of Micron Technology, Inc.'s $1.2 billion upgrade of its fabrication facilities in Manassas....

 

By Steve Fehr | November 4, 2005; 02:07 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax Chamber Launches Political Blog

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has started a new Weblog www.policysoup.blogspot.com called "PolicySoup," to provide an open discussion forum on the chamber's premier business advocacy program and all issues related to business and politics in the Commonwealth....

 

By Steve Fehr | November 3, 2005; 05:16 PM ET | Email a Comment

Organized Opposition To Development In Fairfax

A front page article from this morning's Washington Post gives prominent play to the recent efforts of citizens to organize themselves to oppose what they view as unfair development practices in Fairfax County. See it here....

 

By | October 14, 2005; 09:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

Building Backyard Nature Preserves

The cover story in today's Fairfax Extra takes a look at how, in the face of increasing development, some residents and businesses are using environmentally friendly landscaping in an effort to preserve native plants and animals....

 

By | October 13, 2005; 12:56 PM ET | Email a Comment

Victoria's Secret at Tysons Tones Down Display...

...But a Christian conservative group was planning to protest outside the store today, anyway. The story is in this morning's Metro section....

 

By | October 7, 2005; 10:33 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax Firms Race Robots For $2 Million Prize

This morning's Business section reports that robots built by McLean-based Mitre Corp. and Ensco, Inc. of Falls Church, are among the 23 that will compete in a race through the Nevada desert in an attempt to claim a $2 million dollar prize from the U.S. Department of Defense....

 

By | October 6, 2005; 12:47 PM ET | Email a Comment

Northern Virginia Home Contractor Guilty in Fraud

Alexandria home contractor Craig J. Oliver faces as much as 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in January for defrauding 68 of his customers, most of them from Fairfax County. Oliver pleaded guilty to wire fraud in U.S. District Court on  Monday....

 

By | October 5, 2005; 11:32 AM ET | Email a Comment

Lifelike Mannequins In Lingerie Attract Attention At Tysons Corner Center

The new Victoria's Secret store in the the expanded wing of Tysons Corner Center is creating a buzz, not all of it positive, with its racy  display of scantily clad, realistic mannequins in provocative poses. An article is in this morning's Metro section....

 

By | October 5, 2005; 11:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Tysons Corner Center To Unveil Expansion Friday

Reasd about the opening of the new stores at www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/28/AR2005092801000.html...

 

By Steve Fehr | September 29, 2005; 12:19 PM ET | Email a Comment

Cable Competition Comes To Fairfax County

The Board of Supervisors last night approved Verizon Communications Inc. as a licensed seller of cable television service. An article about the decision was in today's Business section....

 

By | September 27, 2005; 11:11 AM ET | Email a Comment

Meet MetroWest's Main Man

Today's Metro section has a profile of Stan Settle Jr., the Pulte Homes executive who is leading the company's effort to develop the high-density, mixed use MetroWest community next to the Vienna Metro station....

 

By | September 12, 2005; 11:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

McLean-Based Real Estate Company Bought Out For $3.4 Billion

A group of unidentified investors will buy out Capital Automotive REIT, a McLean-based real estate company owned by some local automotive dealers, for $ 3.4 billion dollars, according to a business section article in this morning's Post....

 

By | September 7, 2005; 10:35 AM ET | Email a Comment

Chamber Names Capitol Hill Veteran as Chief Lobbyist

The Fairfax County Chamber today announced that Jason A. Flanary will be the chamber's new vice president of government affairs. Read the rest of the news release: www.fccc.org/newsroom/chamber-news/flanary...

 

By Steve Fehr | September 6, 2005; 06:08 PM ET | Email a Comment

County Gains 234 Jobs From Maryland

Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) today announced that OPTIMUS Corporation, a provider of government information technology services, will invest $1.15 million to relocate its headquarters from Maryland. The project brings 234 new jobs to Fairfax County that include managers, professionals, technicians, and office and clerical positions. Here is the rest of the governor's news release:...

 

By Steve Fehr | September 6, 2005; 03:52 PM ET | Email a Comment

Group Files Lawsuit To Block Herndon Day Laborer Site

A conservative legal group, Judicial Watch, filed a suit on behalf of a group of Herndon residents to stop the town's plan to create an official site where day laborers can gather to wait for work, The Post reported today....

 

By | September 2, 2005; 10:03 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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