Business Booms in Purcellville


A draft of the future Catoctin Corner shopping center. Used with permission via Mayor Kwasi Fraser.

Written by Brittany Nelson, Jenn Glazebrook, and Sophie Carver , Staff Writers, Woodgrove Outlander

The small town of Purcellville is getting bigger as we speak. The decision to expand has left residents choosing sides: some people are excited to see Purcellville’s businesses expand and grow, while others want Purcellville to remain a quiet, small town.

In the summer of 2012, the Harris Teeter shopping center came into the remote town, and now they are building their newest addition, Chick-Fil-A. Now the construction is expanding to Catoctin Corner, which is parallel to Harris Teeter. The construction includes the possibilities of either Popeye’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, or IHOP in one building. Officially, Chipotle and Dunkin’ Donuts will be built in the new complex.

There is also the possibility of a Shell Gas Station, a Children of America, Urgent Care, or an automotive business. A Fixenza, Winki Vision, Heartland, and Catoctin Orthodontics may also be added. Five Guys, Sports Clips, and Great Clips are also showing some interest in building in the shopping center.

The Purcellville residents started to voice their opinions when construction became more apparent. While some raged on social media, such as Facebook, others praised the idea of new businesses.

The construction became more obvious within the past couple of weeks when the wooded area at the corner of the roundabout next to the Harris Teeter Shopping Center was excavated. Even though these plans have been in the making since 2010, the recent excavation has enraged some residents of the town because of the enormous amount of trees lost. In response to the criticism, Mayor Kwasi Fraser said he would address the issue.

“Over the next few months I will be working with Council to determine what ordinance can be pursued to address trees being lost to development,” said Mayor Kwasi Fraser.

Substitute teacher and local resident Lisa French said, “I think the county needs to control the growth and expansion; we moved to Loudoun County for the small town atmosphere.”

Many share this same complaint, the idea of Purcellville becoming more like Leesburg and no longer being a small town. Parents aren’t the only ones that are upset by the growth.

Freshman Billy Robic doesn’t want Purcellville to change.

“I feel the town of Purcellville is being overly developed by fast food chains. Now, it’s basically Leesburg,” said Robic.

Not all people are opposed to the developments, however. Many are excited to have new places to go to without having to leave town.
Sophomore Owen Fuller said, “I think the new center will be good because now I will have more options to go get food after practice.”
Along with students, other people are excited for the expansion.

“I am kind of excited that there is going to be a Chipotle. The added amenities are positive, and it will attract more people out here, which will make small businesses happy,” said Biology teacher Candace King.

If you would like to find more information about the expansion of Purcellville, check out Mayor Kwasi Fraser’s Facebook page or go to the Purcellville Town Website at for updates on upcoming meetings.