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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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The opening of Amazon Fresh in Fairfax (photo by David Taube)

(Updated at 3:25 p.m.) Another Amazon Fresh is coming soon to Fairfax County, according to a report.

The Washington Business Journal reports that Amazon.com Inc. is seeking subcontractors to renovate space within the shopping center.

Not much has been publicly disclosed about the project. WBJ discovered a permit under the name L.F. Jennings for 12993 Fair Lakes Shopping Center, a code used by the company for Amazon Fresh stores.

Work on the project won’t be underway until the second quarter of next year, according to the general contractor’s website.

It’s unclear if and how Amazon Fresh will consolidate nearby spaces for a larger store that is more in-line with its other locations. Next door, the former World Market Saks off 5th location reopened as a Spirit Halloween. (h/t to Rocket for the correction)

Fairfax County has other Amazon Fresh stores in Franconia and Lorton. Another location is underway in Baileys Crossroads.

Amazon Fresh is a grocery service and store that allows shoppers to buy items without having to individually scan items. Customers simply scan an app or credit card when the enter and exist the store.

Amazon also has a Whole Foods Market in the works at Springfield Plaza.

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Greenbriar East Elementary School (via Greenbriar East/Facebook)

A Greenbriar East Elementary School health aide has been indicted on charges for stealing students’ medication, according to the Fairfax County police.

Former Fairfax County Health Department employee Jennifer Carpenter, 45, of Fairfax falsified documentation on prescription medication she gave students, according to a press release. Carpenter dispensed sugar placebo pills and over-the-counter medicine in place of narcotics — including Ritalin, Adderall, and Focalin — that police believe she was keeping for personal use.

During the investigation, detectives identified seven students at the Fair Lakes area school whose medicine was being abused, police said.

Detectives began investigating on May 27 after a health department supervisor noticed a discrepancy in the amount of medication several students maintained at the school, the release said.

Carpenter was indicted on seven counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; two separate counts of unlawful possession of controlled substances; one count of obtaining drugs by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, embezzlement, or subterfuge; and one count of unlawful dispension of a drug in place of another without permission of the person ordering/prescribing.

In a statement, FCPD Criminal Investigations Division Commander Captain Frederick Chambers said:

As parents, we have an expectation that a person in a position of trust will care for our children. When that trust is broken, we can feel betrayed. Thanks to the swift notification of the health department and schools, our detectives were able to immediately begin their investigation when the discrepancy was noticed. We will continue to hold anyone who abuses their position of power accountable for their actions.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Steven Descano called Carpenter’s actions a “gross breach of trust” in a statement.

“This situation could have easily evolved into a medical emergency for any of the children affected,” the statement reads.

If convicted, Carpenter faces a sentence of three to 32.5 years in prison, and up to $25,000 in fines, Descano said.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call 703-591-0966. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), and by web.

Photo via Greenbriar East/Facebook

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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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Pender Village Center in Fair Lakes (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

A high-end hair salon is uprooting its current location in Fairfax this fall.

Ash + Willow Hair Co plans to relocate from its current space at 10560 Main Street in Fairfax to the Pender Village Center in Fair Lakes.

Owner and founder Tanya Ko says the new location is larger than the previous space.

“I decided to move to expand my salon from a 5 chair studio in an office space to 8 chairs retail location. I am bringing a luxury hair salon to Pender Village that will offer luxury hair extensions and coloring,” Ko told FFXnow by email.

The company expects to open this fall.

The salon offers hand tied extensions, foils and balayage, hair color, hair cuts, toner and other services.

The village center is home to other retailers, like Bruster’s Ice Cream, Golftec, Corner Bakery and Harris Teeter.

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The I-66 ramp onto and off of Stringfellow Road in Fair Lakes (via Google Maps)

A woman was hospitalized after her car was hit by components of a tractor-trailer on I-66 in the Fair Lakes area.

The woman was driving onto I-66 East from Stringfellow Road around 1:34 p.m. on Friday (July 1) when her black 2015 Nissan Murano “was struck by a wheel hub and tire assembly lost from a tractor-trailer traveling west on I-66,” the Virginia State Police said on Saturday (July 2).

“The tractor-trailer continued west on I-66 and, despite a search of the area, was not located,” police said.

The woman suffered injuries considered life-threatening and was transported to Inova’s emergency room in Reston, where she’s still being treated, VSP spokesperson Corinne Geller told FFXnow yesterday (Tuesday).

Police are currently on the lookout for the tractor-trailer involved in the crash. While the available information on the vehicle is limited to the fact that it’s missing a wheel hub and tire assembly, the VSP says anyone who has information or may have witnessed the crash can call #77 or 703-803-0026, or email questions@vsp.virginia.gov.

Photo via Google Maps

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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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Morning Notes

The front entrance to Capital One’s headquarters in Tysons (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

What to Know About Covid Vaccines for Young Kids — If recommended by the CDC and Virginia Department of Health, COVID-19 vaccines will be available from the Fairfax County Health Department with no appointments needed. Parents should contact their medical provider to see if they will carry the vaccines, which may be harder to find at pharmacies due to a state law that prohibits pharmacists from giving vaccinations to kids younger than 3. [FCHD]

Friends Stunned by Fair Lakes Shooting Deaths — “Now those who knew them are left to reconcile the image of three bodies with memories of an outwardly cheerful trio…who seemed to be always up for a boisterous evening out, for the karaoke nights they enjoyed at Fairfax bars, at Fat Tuesday’s and the Auld Shebeen.” [The Washington Post]

Mosaic District Restaurant Helps Worker After Crash — The Greek restaurant Our Mom Eugenia is helping share a fundraiser for an employee after her daughter was critically injured in last week’s fatal crash in Oakton. The business operator says Katya is “doing well” after being hit by a car while walking home from Oakton High School with her cousin and friend. [NBC4]

Annandale House Fire Started by Lights — Fairfax County fire investigators have determined that a house fire in the 3900 block of Terrace Drive on Saturday (June 11) was started accidentally “by an electrical event involving outdoor string lights” on the backyard deck. The fire displaced seven people and caused approximately $125,000 in damages. [FCFRD]

Victim Says County Prosecutors “Pressured” Her Into Plea Deal — “Julie, not her real name, said she’s been traumatized. First, by a manipulating online predator. Then, by the Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.” [ABC7]

Prepare for Change at Springfield Town Center — “PREIT CEO Joe Coradino said his eye is on reshaping the property into something that more closely resembles its title as a town center, with a greater mix of uses. The introduction of additional components, including the planned Lego Discovery Center and seven-story hotel will help further that aim, he said.” [Washington Business Journal]

Historic Reston Distillery Gets Spotlight — “Thank you Virginia Department of Heritage Resources for promoting #Reston landmark A. Smith Bowman Distillery on #NationalBourbonDay! Read about the only legal whiskey distillery in Virginia in its day, which operated until the 1950s” [Supervisor Walter Alcorn/Twitter]

Restaurant Crawl Coming to Fairfax City on Saturday — The Old Town Fairfax City Summer Crawl is a timed, self-guided tour through participating restaurants, which will offer exclusive small plates and drinks from their menus. The free event will unfold from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., letting patrons “support local restaurants…while enjoying a variety of bites and beverages.” [Fairfax City EDA]

It’s Wednesday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 85 and low of 69. Sunrise at 5:44 am and sunset at 8:37 pm. [Weather.gov]

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Fairfax County Police Department Executive Deputy Chief Brian Reilly talks at a press conference (via Fairfax County Police Department)

Two women and a man found dead with gunshots wounds in Fair Lakes on Tuesday (June 7) may have made a suicide pact, Fairfax County Police Department said.

Police said they believe the man shot Angelica McIntosh, 26, and Anne Lollar, 31, before shooting himself in their apartment in the 4200 block of Mazarin Place. Police believe the man is Jose Gale Aliaga, 26, though they are still working to confirm that identification.

Officers are investigating it as a double murder-suicide, the FCPD said. The women’s deaths mark the ninth and 10th homicides of the year in the county, matching the number seen by this time in 2021.

After a family member requested a welfare check, officers discovered three people around 11 a.m. with gunshot wounds to the upper body, police said. They were barricaded in a back bedroom but could be seen through a window from the apartment balcony.

Another roommate who was inside was unaware of any foul play and allowed officers to gain access to the apartment, police said. The FCPD is considering the roommate as a person of interest.

There was evidence to indicate McIntosh, Lollar and the man made a suicide pact, police said.

The police department asks anyone with information to contact its Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone — 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web.

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