A lot of people have been asking about the Wegmans that is slated to come to Tysons East at the Capital One headquarters. Let me say up front, there is no definitive word yet about when it will break ground. The 470′ tower has clearly been occupying most of the time and energy at the property for the past year, and will be poised to continue garnering all the attention in the short term. At some point this summer the tower will top out, leaving a massive batch plant on the property dormant.
That lack of utilization for the exterior construction crews who are mobilized, and the batch plant that is in place, may help push for an accelerated start to the Wegmans. The site of the future popular grocery store has previously been cleared for the purpose of stockpiling materials for the towers construction. With the materials dissipating it is evident that the future grocery parcel is ready made for construction to start.
Although a Whole Foods is also under construction in Tysons, it is located in Tysons West, a location where many of the new residential towers in Tysons East might not see as easily accessible. Wegmans is also known for their lunch pre-made stations, something that would likely be a popular choice for the ever growing employees of Capital One next door. It’s not clear if the construction is pending market analysis from the new construction — after all dynamics in Tysons are very much evolving and quickly changing, and it is hard to tell where residential and retail demand is through the transition. Hopefully a time table becomes more clear as Capital One’s construction moves from outside to inside.