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Richmond BizSense Reporting: T-Mobile is Hanging Up on Stony Point Fashion Park

Another national chain has left the Southside mall.

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From Richmond BizSense.com

The wireless carrier permanently shuttered its store at the Southside mall in late December. A company spokeswoman didn’t specify what motivated the decision.

“We have a number of stores in this area within just a few miles, so as part of our normal course of business we closed this store on Dec. 27, 2020,” the T-Mobile spokeswoman said in an email last week.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Former O’Charley’s to Become Hook & Reel

We didn’t see an expected open date when we poked around but will update when we hear more.

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According to their website, Hook & Reel is getting ready for a new restaurant located at 7131 Forest Hill Avenue. The site was previously the O’Charley’s which closed last year. Shoutout to Steve S. who posted about this on the Forest Hill Neighborhood group on FB.

Hook & Reel is a national chain currently having a growth spurt. There are currently two operating in Virginia. One is located in Norfolk and the other in Falls Church.

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Launched in Lanham, Maryland in 2013 by Tony Wang, Hook & Reel is hooking in franchisees faster than a fisherman can haul in shrimp. It currently has 23 locations—all franchised, but by the end of March, it will proliferate to 28 locations.

It specializes in Cajun/Creole seafood, so the food is spicy and tangy and catching on with a variety of customers.

Its ownership vows that it will add 40 to 50 locations by the end of 2020. In this year alone, it has already debuted three new outlets in Philadelphia, the Bronx and Denver.

Snapshot from their website gives you an idea of what to expect and you can dive into their online menu here but that doesn’t list prices. To get a better idea of cost checkout this menu from their Athens, GA, location.

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Fly Fishing and Coffee Shop Headed for Westover Hill Boulevard

Stop on in for caffeine and perhaps a Shenandoah Blue Popper.

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Ethan D. Lindbloom announced the unique combination of fly fishing and caffeine ingestion entitled Current Culture Fly and Coffee on the Westover Hills Neighborhood Facebook. The plan is open the 1207 Westover Hills Blvd location this spring. This spot most recently was and for as long as I can remember a laundromat. It’s also a few doors down from the former Happy Empanada R.I.P.

Ethan also announced that they’ve purchased all three of the buildings (they’re connected) and hopes to announce new businesses soon.

Not much more information at this time but they do have this Instagram. Currently more focused on the fly fishing aspect. There is also this placeholder website.

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Police Investigating Death of VCU Freshman

The Richmond Police Department is leading the investigation of this incident and VCU Police Department is assisting.

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Saturday morning around 9:15 Richmond Police were called to the 100 block of West Clay Street for the report of a person down. Officers arrived and found Oakes down and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was identified as Adam Oakes age 19.

RTD is reporting that Oakes was the victim of hazing by the Delta Chi fraternity.

Oakes visited a house in the 100 block of West Clay Street on Friday night, where he was given a handle of Jack Daniels whiskey and told to drink, White said.

As part of the fraternity’s rush ceremonies, he was blindfolded, causing him to run into a tree and hit his head, said White, who has spoken with the police and people who attended the event. Onlookers helped him into the house, where he lay down on a couch on his side and was left to fall asleep, she said. In the morning, he was found lying face down, and police were called.

Officials from VCU, the Richmond Police Department and Delta Chi’s national organization said they were unable on Sunday evening to confirm or deny the details of White’s account.

VCU has suspended the Delta Chi fraternity and Delta Chi headquarters issued the following statement to 8News:

We were devastated to learn of the passing of a student at Virginia Commonwealth University and extend our condolences to the family, friends and everyone touched by this heart-breaking news. The health and safety of our chapter communities is always a top priority for The Delta Chi Fraternity, which suspended the VCU chapter after learning of the incident late Saturday afternoon. We encourage all members to cooperate with law enforcement investigative efforts and all directives of the University Administration.

VCU issued this Twitter statement on Sunday.

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