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What retailers should Stafford target? readers may never get tired of talking about what retail we need in the area. Here’s a chance to see what an outside consulting firm, The Riddle Company, has identified as a possible target list of retailers for Stafford County. This was included in a new retail and marketing report for the county, which you can find here. The report notes that this is indeed a target list of retailers whose target base closely matches that of the county; and the target list should be viewed exactly as that.

Here’s the full story about the report. (Here’s a sneak peek: a popular restaurant has signed a letter of intent for the southern part of the county, but lips are sealed about who that may be.)

Big Box & Department Stores

  • Babies “R” Us/Toys “R” Us
  • Cost Plus-World Market
  • Dicks Sporting Goods
  • Sports Authority

Food & Grocery-related 

  • Harris Teeter
  • Trader Joe’s
  • The Fresh Market
  • Weis Markets
  • Whole Foods
  • Omaha Steaks
  • Costco
  • High-end deli
  • Bakery (and cafe)

Specialty Retailers/Entertainment 

  • Aveda
  • Bath & Body Works
  • LA Fitness
  • Sur La Table
  • Williams & Sonoma


  • American Apparel
  • Ann Taylor/Ann Taylor Loft
  • Browns Shoes
  • Chico’s
  • Children’s Place
  • Coldwater Creek
  • Eddie Bauer
  • J Crew
  • Men’s Wearhouse
  • Modell’s
  • Stride Rite


  • Austin Grill
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Bertucci’s
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Bruegger’s Bagels
  • Boston Market
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Chop’t
  • Clyde’s
  • Corner Bakery Cafe
  • Cose
  • Einstein Bros Bagels
  • Elevation Burger
  • Gordon Biersch (or regional brew pub) (This was briefly discussed as part of the Community & Economic Development Committee’s meeting today about the Tech and Research Park. Along with higher level education and research opportunities, places to mingle could come to Boswell’s Corner, the committee agreed, such as a coffee shop and brew pub.)
  • The Ginger man
  • Lebanese Taverna
  • Legal Seafoods
  • Long Horn Steak House
  • Macaroni Grill
  • Olive Garden
  • Noodles & Company
  • PF Chang’s
  • Qdoba
  • Red Hot & Blue
  • Red Lobster
  • Sakura
  • Sweet Green
  • TCBY
  • The Burger Joint
  • Wolf Gang Puck

What do you think of this list of target retailers? Does anything surprise you?