Bill Freehling is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and Fredericksburg.com. This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Bill Freehling.
Moe’s Southwest Grill has signed a lease for a 2,400-square-foot restaurant in Cosner’s Corner in Spotsylvania County, said Jim Ashby, the agent for Thalhimer|Cushman & Wakefield who handled the deal. The restaurant will likely open in August. It will be in an end-cap unit of a strip shopping building also occupied by a Virginia ABC store, a Smoothie King and a Supercuts. Ashby said a different franchise operator had planned to open a Moe’s in Cosner’s Corner in 2008 but backed off amid the recession. He said the new lease, which was signed by an Atlanta-based operator, is evidence that the retail market is improving. Moe’s also has a restaurant locally at the Stafford Marketplace.