Seminole Square Shopping Center

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Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 38°03′55″N 78°29′13″W / 38.065342°N 78.487083°W / 38.065342; -78.487083 The Seminole Square Shopping Center is a retail shopping center with over 40 tenants located on U.S. Route 29 in the city of Charlottesville. Owner Great Eastern Management Company is seeking to redevelop a portion of the site as a mixed-use apartment complex with 352 units. [citation needed]

Part of its parking lots and internal road network were acquired for the extension of Hillsdale Drive Extension.[1]


The center originally opened in 1986 and currently has 168,278 square feet of single-story commercial space. [2]

The Towers Limited Partnership is the name of the company that serves as owner and the Great Eastern Management Company is the operator

Stormwater dispute

In June 2012, Seminole Square entered into a dispute with the adjacent Stonefield regarding the stormwater drainage being deposited on their property.[3] Edens, the company developing Stonefield, has twice appealed the city's decision to uphold the violation and failed in each instance.[4] [5] In August 2012, Edens filed a motion in Charlottesville Circuit Court asking for the city's determination to be reversed. [6]


The plans submitted in 2019 proposed constructing 11 five-story apartment buildings at Seminole Square. (Conceptual rendering by Henningsen Kestner Architects.)

In 2018, the company announced plans to redevelop a portion of the space. [7] The Planning Commission recommended approval of this in July 2018. [8]

Shortly after a more ambitious plan was submitted that called for eleven five-story buildings for around 500 residential units on the site of the former Giant. [9]

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Tenant history

As of July 2012, Seminole Square had 48 tenants:[10]

  • Ata Leadership Martial Arts
  • Ace Shoe Repair
  • Andrew Minton Jewelers
  • Asian Fusion Buffet
  • Big Lots
  • Bike Factory of Charlottesville (Opened in 1997)
  • Boathouse Restaurant (Closed August 2012)[citation needed]
  • Bounce-n-Play
  • Boy Scout Shop
  • Burger King
  • C'ville Oriental
  • Ci Ci's Pizza (Closed)
  • CosmoProf
  • Crystal Cleaners
  • The Crystal Connection
  • Dover Saddlery
  • Downtown Athletic
  • ERA Bill May Realty Co.
  • Ebony Images
  • Edible Arrangements
  • F-Stop Photo
  • Family Christian Store
  • Fashion Bug
  • FastFrame
  • GNC (General Nutrition Center)
  • Giant Food (Closed August 2012)[11]
  • Hair World
  • Kim's Hair Salon
  • Laughing Sheep Yarns
  • Maharaja Restaurant
  • Marco & Luca
  • Marshalls
  • Mykonos Cafe
  • Nail Expo
  • Office Depot (Closed 2014) [12]
  • The Party Starts Here
  • Performance Bicycle Shop (Closed January 2019) [13]
  • Plan9 Music
  • Premier Rental Purchase
  • Professional Optical
  • Royal Indian Restaurant
  • Scott Wagner Chiropractic and Sports Medicine
  • Seminole Carpet & Floors
  • Snap Fitness 24/7
  • Super Shoes
  • Tobacconist & Gifts
  • Total Soccer Shop
  • Virginia School of Massage (Closed)[14]


  1. Web. losing of Portion of Seminole Court Right of Way, Ebony Walton, City of Charlottesville, retrieved June 6, 2011.
  2. Web. Staff Report for Entrance Corridor Review Board Certificate of Appropriateness for Seminole Square Shopping Center, Jeff Werner, Staff Report, City of Charlottesville, retrieved July 10, 2018.
  3. Web. Stonefield says it will keep fighting permit violation from city, Graelyn Brashear, C-ville Weekly, July 24, 2012, retrieved July 24, 2012.
  4. Web. Council upholds Stonefield stormwater violation; Edens uncertain of next steps, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, July 18, 2012, retrieved July 24, 2012.
  5. Web. Stonefield's grading and stormwater reviewed by Albemarle, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, July 11, 2012, retrieved July 24, 2012.
  6. Web. Stonefield developer files appeal against city, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 26, 2012, retrieved August 31, 2012.
  7. Web. Seminole Square owners set sights on redevelopment, Chris Suarez, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, April 7, 2018, retrieved April 9, 2018.
  8. Web. Seminole Square redevelopment partially approved, Emily Hays, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, July 11, 2018, retrieved March 24, 2022.
  9. Web. Big apartment complex planned for Seminole Square, Josh Mandell, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 23, 2019, retrieved March 22, 2022.
  10. Web. Seminole Square, Great Eastern Management Company (via, retrieved March 24, 2022.
  11. Web. With a whimper: Giant closes at 6pm Thursday, Hawes Spencer, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, Aug 30 2012
  12. Web. CBJ: ND3: Seminole Square: as one store closes another one opens, Nate Delesline III, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, Jan 6, 2014 Updated May 14, 2019, retrieved Jan 5, 2021.
  13. Web. Parent company forces nationwide shutdown of Performance Bicycle, Mary Jane Gore, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, 1/02/19 at 6:26 AM, retrieved 1/05/2021.
  14. Web. Closed Campuses by previous owners: Steiner Education Group, 2020 NT Holdings, LLC, retrieved January 5, 2021.

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