BB&T Coming to Mt. Vernon Avenue

Branch expected to go in next to Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria.

Del Ray Business Association President Maria Wasowski said Monday that BB&T plans to open a branch on Mt. Vernon Avenue sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The branch will be located in the vacant storefront next to in the 1900 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue. The space was most recently occupied by , .

Wasowski said BB&T officials told her it hadn’t been determined if the branch was going to be in just one or both of the vacant storefronts in the retail strip.

Wasowski made the announcement at the DRBA's monthly luncheon at . 

BB&T, founded in 1872 and headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., has nearly 1,800 financial centers in the United States.

Two BB&T branches in Alexandria were recently .

Ken Stevens June 19, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Del Ray Pizzeria is another option!
Ken Stevens June 19, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Why would anything other than a bank want to move in there when the neighbors are so hostile? A burrito place would smell. A coffee place would open too early. A pub would be too noisy.
Sarah haut June 20, 2012 at 04:14 PM
It's far better to have a bank than nothing at all. Who knows? Maybe it will increase foot traffic and business at the fabulous frock store.
CScott January 07, 2013 at 03:30 PM
No restaurant is allowed to occupy this space as it was an old cleaners. The EPA came and dug out years ago (2007) and only retail is allowed in this space. The rent is astromical so it is hard for some small business to go in there. Even BB&T is having a hard time with permits and the city, they were supposed to open by December.
Linda Fairall February 11, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Sarah, thanks for the thought, but my shop isn't exactly a foot traffic kind of shop - people don't generally walk by and think "you know what I need today?? A $3000 wedding gown!" ;) haha. CScott, the rent is actually not astronomically high, and the end unit IS approved for restaurant use - our landlord just HATES renting to small business, which sucks (it was an ordeal getting him to take a chance on my shop!!). and Bungalow breaking their lease RIGHT after signing an extension didn't help spark any warm fuzzy feelings toward possible small business tenants :( BB&T has been having trouble apparently. Our landlord had me sign a provision that my shop would be using the middle window and not the bank "until they get their special use permit approved." They made it seem like BB&T would have no problems getting this permission and that it was just a tehcnicality. WELL, I guess it never did get approved, because they are knocking out an opening in my wall tomorrow, and Fab Frocks is getting a second window! Good for me, but just goes to show how tough the city is being on them...


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