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The company has filed plans with the county for a new 42-seat restaurant (Photo via handout/Fairfax County Government).

County planners need more time to work through an application for a new Popeyes in Fair Lakes Shopping Center (13060 Fair Lakes Shopping Center).

At a meeting on Oct. 19, the Fairfax County Planning Commission voted unanimously to defer a decision on the application to Nov. 16.

Popeyes is seeking the county’s permission to build a 2,265-square-foot restaurant to the shopping center in space that was previously home to United Bank.

The motion was made with little to no discussion.

At-large member Timothy Sergeant said the decision would “allow more time for the applicant to improve their application.”

Since a fire broke out in the single-story bank in 2018, the site has remained undeveloped with pavement and some trees. The company plans to install a one-lane drive-thru at the 42-seat restaurant.

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The Japanese store opens today in Fair Lakes Shopping Center (via Uniqlo)

UNIQLO opened its first location in an open-air mall at Fair Lakes Shopping Center today (Friday).

The Japanese brand will open a 9,000-square-foot store at 13041 Fair Lakes Shopping Center. The company has other locations at Tysons Corner Center, Union Station in D.C., and Pike & Rose in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Fair Lakes is a great location to help extend this mission to new customers, while building on the success we’ve seen in the region, with three other existing stores in the D.C. metro area,” said Nakasuji Masahiko, Uniqlo’s North American marketing director.

Masahiko said the Fair Lakes location offers conveniences similar to Uniqlo’s original location in Japan, where it was built as a roadside store.

“Fair Lakes Center offers a similar convenience, as well as a real sense of community where people can live, work, and gather,” Masahiko said. “As our first store opening following the pandemic, we’re proud to be bringing people back together again at a location that resonates so well with the brand.”

The Fair Lakes location is the company’s 44th store. In celebration of its grand opening, the store will offer special offers and giveaways through Sept. 29.

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Crumbl Cookies rotates its menu of cookies on a weekly basis (courtesy of Crumbl Cookies)

Another Fairfax County location for Crumbl Cookies is baking in the oven. 

Crumbl Cookies is opening at Fair Lakes Shopping Center in the third quarter of this year, which runs through Sept. 30, according to a company spokesperson.

The shop will be located at 13075 Fair Lakes Shopping Center, according to county permits.

Crumbl has been rapidly expanding in Virginia. Local locations include Reston, Vienna, Chantilly and Ashburn.

The company was started by two cousins — Jason McGowan and Sawyer Hemsley in 2017. Crumbl offers a weekly rotating menu, which features a weekly chilled pink sugar cookie and its chocolate chip cookie. New flavors are added frequently.

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Uniqlo will take over the store that was vacated by Kirklands (via Google Maps)

Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo is inching closer to opening its second location in Fairfax County.

Uniqlo plans to open this fall at Kirkland’s former location, which was 13041 Fair Lakes Shopping Center, according to representatives for Peterson Cos., which owns the center. The business already has a locations in Tysons Corner Center.

Uniqlo did not return multiple requests for comment from FFXnow over the last several weeks.

The business was founded in Yamaguchi, Japan first as a textiles factory in 1949. The first store opened in 1984 with a unique element: the manufacturer retail model controlled the entire process from product planning to marketing. Since then, the company has cemented a global presence.

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Rockler Woodworking and Hardware will open its first Virginia location at Fair Lakes Shopping Center (via Rockler)

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is opening a new location in Fairfax County.

The hardware and woodworking shop plans to open up at 12975 Fair Lakes Shopping Center. It will be the business’ first location in Virginia.

A company representative tells FFXnow that the shop is expected to open this summer.

“Unfortunately, we do not have an exact date but the location is expected to open around late June,” the representative wrote in a statement.

Rockler takes the place of Golf Galaxy, a shop for golf clubs, apparel and equipment. The sporting goods shop is permanently closed.

The business originated in 1985 when Norton Rockler started the Minnesota Woodworkers Supply Company in Minneapolis. It now has stores and independent resellers across the country.

The store also offers free demonstrations on Saturdays and in-store classes.

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