Built in 1977, the Bermuda Square Shopping Center has not been altered much in years, but that will soon change. A three phase re-construction site plan of Bermuda Square has been submitted to the Chesterfield County Planning Department, but only Phase 1 is being reviewed.
The first change the public will see in Phase 1 will be the addition of a 16,010 square foot retail center with as many as eight units. The new retail strip will be located in what is now the parking lot of the center, basically behind Shoney’s Restaurant.
Also part of the Phase 1 will be a gasoline fueling station facing West Hundred Road, much like that of Kroger’s opposite Bermuda in the Breckinridge Shopping Center.
Bermuda Square Shopping Center, located on the corner of Jefferson Davis Highway and West Hundred Road was one of the first shopping centers in the Chester area, offering a number of small retailers and a Ukrop’s Supermarket, as well as a Rite Aid Pharmacy.
But that is only Phase 1. Phase 2 and Phase 3 have not been submitted to Chesterfield for approval, but are shown on the master plan. Phase 2 shows the existing Martin’s Supermarket without changes, but the square footage is only 33,500, half the size of its main competition – Kroger’s.
Phase 2 also shows the demolition of the shops south of Martin’s with a new one story, 22,000 square foot retail space. The current cut-through to rear parking will be all but eliminated. The overlap of the building in the southwest corner will barely overlap.
Phase 3 is the largest single space on the plan. A massive 66,450 square feet, the space is laid out with the idea on one large store equipped with loading docks on the rear. Currently that side of the shopping center is occupied by pet superstore Petco and a number of other smaller retailers.
Village News only sought the plans after hearing rumors that Martin’s was moving. According to the plans obtained from the county’s planning department, the plans do not indicate a move by Martin’s but it certainly is possible. Their building does not have space to expand.
The county’s planning department does not have information on when the project may begin.