Clinic facilities

New on the market urgent care clinic for pets coming to Carytown Exchange

UrgentVet, a chain of pet emergency care centers, plans to open a clinic on the Ellwood Avenue side of the Carytown Exchange mall. (Pictures of Jack Jacobs)

Other new tenants are in the works at Carytown Exchange, including one with furry Richmond residents in mind.

Florida-based UrgentVet, a chain of emergency pet care centers, is planning its first foray into Virginia with a location in the development anchored at Publix on the west end of Carytown.

It is expected to be the first of several locations UrgentVet will open in Old Dominion in 2023.

A new-to-market restaurant called Burtons Grill & Bar and a Starbucks have also just signed on to Carytown Exchange.

UrgentVet aims to open its outpost in May 2023, founder Jim Dobies said in an email last week. The business will operate from approximately 3,100 square feet of space in the downtown shopping strip that faces Ellwood Avenue.

The company is carving out the middle ground between a pet owner’s usual veterinarian and an ER visit. The company’s clinics treat non-life-threatening conditions in dogs and cats, such as minor cuts, urinary tract problems, allergies, bites and reactions to vaccines, according to its website.

The Carytown clinic is expected to have five exam rooms, an in-house lab as well as digital x-ray and ultrasound services, Dobies said. The company invests approximately $500,000 in the construction of each of its clinics.

UrgentVet currently has clinics in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia and Florida. Dobies said he opened his 21st location, a clinic in Cumming, Georgia, last week. By the end of the year, the plan is to have 28 locations in states where it already operates.

Dobies said UrgentVet also plans to open additional local clinics in Short Pump and Midlothian, in addition to several in Northern Virginia in 2023.

Construction continues on portions of Carytown Exchange at the west end of Carytown.

The Midlothian site is set to open at Winterfield Crossing. This location is expected to open in August 2023. Dobies declined to comment on the location of the Short Pump outpost because the lease had not yet been signed.

The Carytown clinic is expected to be open 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. on holidays. The clinics operate every day of the year.

Meanwhile, Burtons Grill & Bar has leased space on the Cary Street side of the Carytown Exchange, according to a recent rental flyer for the development.

The Massachusetts-based restaurant chain sells steaks, seafood, and burgers, among other things. There are Burtons locations in Charlottesville, Sterling and Alexandria, according to the company’s website, which lists a total of 18 locations in eight states.

The company did not respond to a request for comment last week.

Starbucks recently signed a lease for a 2,400 square foot location in the center of Cary Street. It’s unclear what this new location means for the existing Starbucks across the street at 3555 W. Cary St. in the Kroger-anchored International Mall. The Seattle coffee giant did not respond to a request for comment last week.

Jim Ashby and David Crawford of Thalhimer handle rental at Carytown Exchange. Ashby said last week that the center is around 80% let and rental activity has increased as development draws to a close. The construction of the unfinished parts should be finished at the beginning of November.

“Last year, the rental momentum picked up dramatically,” Ashby said.

Other businesses that have signed leases in the center at the west end of Carytown include Schwarzschild Jewelers, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Torchy’s Tacos and an ABC store.

Chase Bank, fitness studio CityRow, Sugar Coat Nail Lounge and mattress retailer Sleep Number currently operate at Carytown Exchange, alongside Publix and CVS.