Dodos Supermarket has found a new home.
The grocery store, provided for Hispanics, will move to a new location on Route 16167 River Ridge Boulevard beyond Route 1 in Woodridge’s River Oaks section.
The 65,000-square-foot store will be the location of the second dodo in Woodridge. The Dodos store, located in Dumfries Shopping Plaza, three miles south of the new location, will be closed. For many, the Dumfries shop is one of the few sources of fresh food, otherwise the city has a food desert.
The next largest grocery is Lion, about two miles north, or Weckmans, which is 8 miles north.
Todos CEO Carlos Castro told Bodomac Local News that he had no space at his Dumfries store and needed to build or move a new store in the city’s shopping center.
“Opportunity [to move to River Oaks] Came, my first answer was, “No,” Castro explained. “One day, I will have to retire.”
But he thought better of the deal with the landlord at the River Oaks Shopping Center.
The look and feel of the new store will be different from the Dumfries store and its flagship store in Maramco Plaza in Woodridge. Two locations, Marumsko and River Oaks, were originally opened as Giant Food Stores.
Castro says the new River Oaks location will be a crossroads between a regular grocery store and a large box of groceries, plates of fresh food, small groceries and large box items. He said the store would be less like a Hispanic supermarket.
“We want it to be very modern and to be a supplier to small businesses in the region, they don’t want to travel [Interstate] 95 to get a bottle of cleaner, ”said Castro.
There will also be a hotel in the new location, which has proven to be popular in the Marumsko Plaza store. Castro said more people were returning to his hotel as the epidemic was declining.
“We are very happy to see the hotel full of people again,” Castro said. “It’s spring, and people think they have to leave home.”
The new location must employ at least 90 new employees and be open by the end of the summer.
Meanwhile, Dodos is working with a consultant to find new land or land that needs to be redesigned in the Stafford County and Fredericksburg area to expand the business.
Dodos first opened its doors in Woodridge in 1990.