Businesses on Timberlake Rd. Expanding to Meet Customer Demand

Lynchburg, VA - Business is booming on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg.

Recently there are several places expanding into larger locations, or opening second stores in nearby areas.

At the Timberlake Kroger, crews have been working sun up to sun down to get the project complete. Mangers say it'll be done just before Christmas, and will be the biggest Kroger in the area.

"In Central Virginia it will be the largest store it's about 7000 square feet larger than the Forest location," said Store Manager Jake Shifflett.

Right now, the store has 52,000 square feet of space. When it's finished at the end of December, it will have increased to 90,000 square feet.

A bigger spot means more jobs.

"60 more employees," Shifflett said.

With the construction, there are also 55 contractors and subcontractors.

By 2014, Manager Jake Shifflett says the Timberlake location will employ close to 200 people at Kroger.

Kroger isn't the only location seeing dollar signs, though.

La Caretta is moving down Timberlake to a larger location.

Another business raving about foot traffic on Timberlake is La Villa Italian Restaurant. In the last 10 years, they've really expanded.

"We had increased the seating from 80 to 150 and now we sit 250 people," explained Owner Michele Digiovanni. "We don't have enough room. If I could, I would like to put out at least 100 more seats."

The owners of La Villa are opening up an express location on Candler's Mountain Road.

As for Kroger managers, they say you can look forward to a seated restaurant, Starbucks, and expanded departments.

Our calls to Economic Development were not returned Monday.