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ORGANIC GROCER TO OPEN IN THE VILLAGE

The University Village businesses represent a broad range of offerings. In its third year, the mixed-use development adjacent to Old Dominion University in Norfolk is alive with restaurants and retail. The newest addition to the mix is Harvey Ts Natural Market, scheduled to open in early 2007.

Occupying 3,760 square feet of retail space at 4216 Monarch Way, Harvey Ts Natural Market will provide natural, organic and gourmet food products. Product lines include produce, dairy, eggs, frozen foods, grocery items, hand-cut domestic and imported cheeses, as well as a selection of vegetarian and vegan-prepared foods.

"We pride ourselves on service, and we want to create a pleasant shopping experience for people with exceptional tastes," says Tommy Langford, the owner. "There are few organic food choices in the vicinity, so we anticipate a warm reception from neighboring communities."

Plans include a breakfast bar with a wide variety of natural and organic cereals, pastries, waffles, breads, oatmeal and juices in addition to an extensive selection of teas and coffee.

A Grab and Go section will include a variety of sandwiches, salads, snacks, fresh soups and stews. The store will also have a large selection of cheeses that can be cut to order or arranged for parties and special events. A dry goods section will complement organic and natural pre-packaged meat and meat substitutes. Frozen foods will include a variety of fruits and vegetables, dinners, snacks, pizzas and desserts.

The produce department will feature seasonal organic and local fruits and vegetables. The dairy section will have natural and organic milk, soymilk, eggs, yogurts, juices and meat substitutes, including tofu, tempeh and seitan.

There will be both indoor and outdoor seating available.

"Harvey Ts is a perfect addition to the Village," says Robert Fenning, vice president for administration and finance. "It's great to offer students and faculty healthy food options within walking distance to the campus and student residences. We also hope to introduce more and more people from surrounding neighborhoods to this restaurant and shopping destination with this unique addition."

The University Village is a mixed-use development initiated by the Old Dominion University Real Estate Foundation. Master development plans for the 75-acre urban village include restaurants; shops; residential; Innovation Research Park @ ODU, a multi-building research complex; book store and hotel.

Harvey Ts Natural Market joins other businesses in operation such as Boar's Nest, Borjo Coffee House, Perfectly Frank, Tropical Smoothie, Zeros, Sabrina's Signature Salon, La Herradura Ristorante, Data Tech Central and Surf and Adventure.

Chris Hucke from S.L. Nusbaum negotiated the lease on behalf of the Foundation and Harvey Ts Natural Market.

Old Dominion University Real Estate Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed in 1994 with the goal to bring national recognition to ODU's real estate program and to support the university's focus on economic development. The Foundation is working in conjunction with the city of Norfolk and Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority on The University Village development. Old Dominion University, with more than 20,000 students, is considered to be a national leader in the application of high technology to higher education. It is also committed to extending this technology into the supporting residential, retail and entertainment amenities created within The University Village. For more information, visit www.odu.edu.

This article was posted on: December 4, 2006

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