Slate of businesses ready to open in Warren County

FRONT ROYAL – The town and Warren County Development Review Committee on Wednesday gave updates on a variety of companies slated to open in the area, a list that includes a Taco Bell, Valvoline Quick Lube, Dunkin’ Donuts and an unspecified market.

County Planning Director Taryn Logan also mentioned one company that may not be coming to town — Chick-fil-A. She said she has not heard back from restaurant officials regarding its reason for backing out of a lease to locate in the Riverton Commons.

Logan said the county had received site plans from Taco Bell and Valvoline Quick Lube and both companies will have locations in the Riverton Shopping Center. Neither of those is at the 145 Riverton Commons location where Chick-fil-A was supposed to open, and Logan recently said she was still hoping that the restaurant would change its mind.

She said Taco Bell, which will be the restaurant’s second location in the county, will open behind Applebees. Valvoline, an oil change shop,  will be located between Starbucks and Valley Health Quick Care in the Riverton Commons Shopping Center. County Building Official David Beahm said both companies have applied for sediment and erosion control clearance.

He added that Valvoline has also submitted a building plan application, which will be on hold until the site plan receives Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approval and sediment and erosion control standards are met.

Logan said that those site plans would be under review by the county, town, Virginia Department of Transportation and DEQ for 60 to 90 days. She added that the county already completed its review of the site plans, which were returned to the companies with minor suggestions. She added that the two companies filled out utility applications and are aware of and OK with the 522 corridor agreement, which allows the town to collect fees — in lieu of taxes — from corridor businesses in exchange for an extension of water services.

Meanwhile in town, Planning Director Jeremy Camp noted that work is progressing at the Dunkin’ Donuts South Street locations. He said the former garage on the site was recently torn down in preparation for the restaurant’s construction.

Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Jennifer McDonald said minor renovations are underway at the former Stokes Mart building. She said “an existing business owner that is expanding” will open a market-type location hopefully by Sept. 1.