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Local startup enables Richmonders to return unwanted retail purchases through app

The return process is simple: Clients sign up on the website or download the mobile app, submit a picture of the receipt and items and schedule a time and place for pickup and money is directly refunded to the card used for payment.

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A local startup is helping Richmonders return unwanted online and in-store purchases to retailers through its online and mobile services.

ReRunner, as the business is called, serves within a 35-mile radius of downtown Richmond and all major surrounding counties including Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Powhatan, King William, and parts of Goochland. Major retailers include Amazon, Target, FedEx, UPS, Nordstrom, Apple, Lowes and dozens more. In addition to handling returns, ReRunner has partnered with various nonprofits including Goodwill of Central Virginia, and offers pick-up and delivery of clothing and small household donations and will send the donor a tax receipt via email or through the mobile app.

“Life is too short to hold on to the things that no longer serve us,” said Sarah Abubaker, founder of ReRunner. “Which is one of the reasons why the company launched ReRunner Donations, allowing customers to easily send their household and clothing donations to a local Goodwill store.”

The return process is simple: Clients sign up on the website or download the mobile app, submit a picture of the receipt and items and schedule a time and place for pickup and money is directly refunded to the card used for payment.

The online and mobile service charges a flat service fee for each return or donation request.

Abubaker launched ReRunner in late 2017, the web app in August 2018 and the mobile app in May 2019. Today, ReRunner has made $55K in returns, donated 10K pounds of clothing and garnered 250 registered users.

Consumers can download the app here. First-time users can use the code: “FIRSTRETURN” for half off their first return.

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Axe-throwing chain set to open near The Circuit Arcade Bar in Scott’s Addition

The venue will open in the former Nicholson Sprinkler Corp. building at 3100 W. Leigh Street in the heart of the neighborhood.

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From Richmond BizSense:

After its first attempt to get into the Richmond market fell flat, a Canadian axe-throwing bar is back with a location coming to Scott’s Addition.

Bad Axe Throwing is preparing to open at 3100 W. Leigh St. in a 5,000-square-foot space in the old Nicholson Sprinkler Corp. building.

Based in Ontario, Bad Axe has nearly 50 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K. In 2018, it began planning a Richmond location on West Broad Street, across from the forthcoming Whole Foods in Sauer Center.

But those plans fell through last spring. Bad Axe owner Mario Zelaya said there was an issue about the amount of parking available at that location, which caused them to scrap the plans.

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Nine-acre Elks Lodge property near Innsbrook slated to be transformed into mixed use development

Highwoods Properties paid $3.3 million for the nine-acre Elks Lodge near Innsbrook After Hours and plans to mull over mixed-use, high density options for the site.

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One of the biggest landlords in Innsbrook has amassed more land in the area, this time snagging a block of acreage next to the site where the Innsbrook After Hours concert series is held.

Highwoods Properties last month bought the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 45 property at 10022 Elks Pass Lane in Henrico. It paid $3.3 million for the 9-acre assemblage, which adds to another 12 adjacent and largely undeveloped acres the company already owns.

Jane DuFrane, Highwoods’ vice president and local market lead, said the company still is mulling options for the Elks land and adjacent sites, including developing a “walkable community with a mix of uses.”

“The Elks Lodge property’s contiguous proximity to our other land holdings and existing office buildings made it a natural fit for our portfolio,” DuFrane said in an email.

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Container Store, Chase Bank taking over two adjacent properties at Short Pump Town Center

The former hhgregg appliances and electronics store and neighboring Matchbox restaurant are being transformed into two new-to-Richmond brands.

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Two neighboring properties at the entrance of Short Pump Town Center are set to be transformed into homes for two new-to-Richmond brands – both as reported by Richmond BizSense.

The former Matchbox Restaurant on W. Broad Street is currently being eyed for a new Chase Bank, BizSense says. Plans have been filed to transform the two-story building into a bank and drive-thru. Read more about the plans here.

Across the road, the former hhgregg appliance and electronics store – originally built as a Circuit City – is being rehabbed into a new location for The Container Store, which sells home organization and storage solutions. Check out progress of the transformation here.

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