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University students, faculty, and staff make up a major portion of the consumer economy in Charlottesville, and we expect that you will be no exception. This guide will help you find the stores and services you need in town. With a few exceptions, such as grocery stores and department stores, we will not go into detail about national chain stores, assuming that these are familiar to you. Instead, we will focus on stores unique to the area, where you might find new and different items.

The following shopping centers are on Emmet Street/Rt. 29 North, heading progressively north from the Law School:

The Shops at Stonefield
Getting there:
Route 29 and Hydraulic Road

Businesses now open include Trader Joe's, Regal Cinema with IMAX, Brooks Brothers, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Burtons Grill and Pier 1 Imports, with more retail planned: Pasture, William Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. This mixed-use development includes residential living.

Barracks Road Shopping Center Student Favorite
Getting there: A 10-minute walk down Arlington Blvd. from the Law School. Corner of Barracks Rd. & Rt. 29 North

Barracks Road Shopping Center
Barracks Road Shopping Center

Kroger and Harris Teeter grocery stores, Chipotle, Five Guys, Bed Bath & Beyond, Barnes and Noble, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. For clothes, Talbots, Ann Taylor, Beecroft & Bull, Old Navy, and Banana Republic. See for a complete listing.

Barracks Road Shopping Center
North Wing

Getting there: Across Barracks Rd. from Barracks Road Shopping Center

Shenanigan's and Whimsies children's stores, Anthropologie, Peter Chang China Grill.

Millmont Shopping Center
Getting there: Behind Barracks Road Shopping Center on Millmont

Brown's Dry Cleaners, upscale shops.

Seminole Square Shopping Center
Getting there: Rt. 29 North, on the right side going north, about a mile north of the 250 Bypass overpass

Regal Semionole Square 4, Plan 9 Music, Giant supermarket, Office Depot, Marshalls, Bike Factory of Charlottesville, the Party Starts Here party accessories, Fashion Bug, and Crystal Cleaners.

Hollymead Town Center
Getting there: Rt. 29 North, on the left side going north, about 5 miles north of town.

Harris Teeter, Target, Sakura, Maggie Moo’s, PetsMart, Mattress Warehouse, TGI Friday's, Bonefish Grill.

Fashion Square Mall
Mon-Sat 10 am-9 pm; Sun 12:30 pm-5:30 pm
Getting there: Corner of Rt. 29 North & Rio Rd., just south of Rio

Charlottesville's only indoor mall. Ann Taylor, American Eagle Outfitters, Bare Escentuals, Body Central, Coach, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew, Footaction USA, Gap, GapKids, Red Lobster, Sephora, Red Robin and Starbucks

Shoppers World Shopping Center
Getting there: Rt. 29 North, across street from Fashion Square Mall

Staples office supplies, Jason's Deli, Massage Envy, Advance Auto Parts.

Albemarle Square Shopping Center
Getting there: Rt. 29 North and Rio Rd., on the right side going north, just north of Rio Rd.

Atlantic Coast Athletic Club (ACAC), the Great Frame Up, Outback Steakhouse, Northside Library, Chandler's Bakery, Little Caesars.

Rio Hill Shopping Center
Getting there: Rt. 29 North, about one-half mile north of Rio Rd. at Woodbrook Dr., on the left side going north

Kroger grocery store, T.J. Maxx (discount name brand department store), AAA, Dollar Tree, Crutchfield audio outlet center, Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Here are several shopping/restaurant areas not on Rt. 29 North: count coupons from the Web.

The Corner Student Favorite
Getting there: One block east of the Rotunda on University Ave. Elliewood Ave. is a side street at the west end of the Corner.

Restaurant and shopping area across the street from University Central Grounds. Littlejohn's, Christian's, Boylan Heights, Mincers

Downtown Mall Student Favorite
Getting there: From the Rotunda, take University Ave./W. Main St. east. After W. Main turns into Water St., park in the parking lot to the right or in the parking garage just beyond it. Cross Water St. and walk one block north. Or turn left on 5th St. just before W. Main becomes Water St., (at the Lewis & Clark statue), go right on Market St., and find a free parking space on Market St., on any of the side streets off Market, or on Jefferson Ave., one block north. There is also a parking garage on Market St. The Downtown Mall is one block south. A free trolley loops University Main Grounds and other spots close to UVA and goes to the Mall as well. See

The Downtown Mall during the holidays.
The Downtown Mall during the holidays.

Charlottesville's community showpiece, this pedestrian outdoor mall with its patio restaurants is the best place to hang out and people-watch outside the University. Numerous restaurants, bookstores, coffee shops. Many stores and restaurants closed on Sunday.

Pantops Shopping Center
Getting there: From Emmet St. just north of Barracks Rd., take the 250 Bypass going east. When the bypass becomes a normal-looking road with traffic lights and lots of businesses, the shopping center is on the right.

Food Lion grocery store, Roses discount household goods, Lazy Parrot and Shang Hai restaurants.

Department Stores

Fashion Square Mall
Mon-Sat 10 am-9 pm; Sun 12:30 pm-5:30 pm

Big K
Hydraulic Rd. & Rt. 29 North
Mon-Sun 7 am-10 pm

JC Penney
Fashion Square Mall
Mon-Sat 10 am-9 pm; Sun 12:30 pm-6 pm

Town Center Dirve
Mon-Thu 8 am-10 pm; Fri 8 am-11 pm; Sat 7 am-10 pm; Sun 9 am-9 pm

Pantops Shopping Center
Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 12 am-6 pm

Discount department store.

Sam's Club
Rt. 29 North
Mon-Sat 10 am-8:30 pm; Sun 10 am-6 pm

Must be member ($40).

Fashion Square Mall
Mon-Sat 10 am-9 pm; Sun noon- 5 pm
Auto Service Center 974-8228
Mon-Fri 8 am- 9 pm;, Sat 8 am-6 pm; Sun 10 am-4 pm

Hollymead Town Center
Mon-Sat 8 am-10 pm; Sun 8 am-9 pm

Rt. 29 North past Rio Hill
Open 24 hours daily

: 978-1819
Mon-Sat 9 am-7 pm

Photos courtesy of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau,


The Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs hotline allows you to check the record of any store you wish to patronize. Call 1-800-552-9963.

Check out Coupon Café, where you can print discount coupons from the Web.

DISCOUNT STORES-Virginia Law Families Tip

Sam's Club-you can visit for free before deciding whether to pay the $35 membership fee. Careful shopping here can definitely stretch the family budget because you'll purchase frequently used commodities in bulk. Some specific ideas for helping the budget:

• A gallon of milk is typically $.75-$1 less than grocery store prices here

• Prepared food items (waffles/burritos/pizza rolls, etc.) are available at significant savings. Many items are suitable to bring to school for a cheap lunch (put in the SBA fridge and microwave at lunchtime). Also buy large bags of pretzels, crackers, etc., for lunchboxes.

• Buy bottled water by the case for approx $.20/bottle ($1.10 in law school vending machines). Keep a few in the refrigerator at home and grab a couple anytime you take the kids out to avoid paying convenience store prices when someone gets thirsty on the road.

• School supplies (buy a year's worth of highlighters for the price of a handful at Courts and Commerce)

• Hot rotissierie chickens are $4.99, $1 less than other supermarkets, and they're bigger here too. You can easily get two full meals out of one for two adults and two small kids.

• Posted gas prices are already the lowest in town, but members save an additional 5¢/gallon over the price shown when you scan your Sam's Club card at the pump.

Filling up the car and buying a gallon of milk once a week easily pays for the membership.

WalMart - Great for toys (good selection and best prices in town), house wares, inexpensive clothes (some are even brands you've heard of), and seasonal shoes—why pay more, for example, for winter boots kids will quickly outgrow?

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