Retail

Dash In gas station, c-store proposed for Belmont area

Dash In, a Maryland-based convenience store chain that has been slowly making inroads into Virginia, has its eyes on a spot in Ashburn. It’s the gas station/c-store brand under consideration for the expansion of the Belmont Chase retail project near Claiborne Parkway and Route 7.

The Burn first told you about Dash In exploring Loudoun County locations back in 2018. At the time, they were pursuing approval for a location in the South Riding/Stone Ridge area south of Highway 50.

And indeed, fast forward four years, and that first local Dash In location is under construction at the northwest corner of Gum Spring Road and Tall Cedars Parkway.

A second proposed spot near Loudoun County Parkway and Evergreen Ridge Drive near Brambleton has seen no movement so far, at least publicly.

More recently, we reported about plans for a gas station and mini-mart in the Belmont area on Ashburn’s north side, but no brand names were attached. Now — in a filing with Loudoun County — we learn that it’s a Dash In location.

Belmont Chase (Phase 1) is the shopping plaza along Claiborne Parkway where the Cooper’s Hawk restaurant is located, along with the Whole Foods, Pazzo Pomodoro, Baker’s Crust, Mod Pizza and other stores and restaurants.

Belmont Chase (Phase 2) is going up directly across the street on the other side of Claiborne. A variety of retail configurations have been suggested in publicly available documents. Two of the businesses planned include the proposed Dash In as well as an unnamed drive-thru fast-food restaurant.

“Dash In Food Stores, Inc., the proposed automobile service station, will consist of an attractively designed one-story building of approximately 5,680 gross square feet. The Dash In Kitchen (carry-out restaurant) will provide made-to-order food and pre-packaged food which is all made on-site,” the filing reads. “In addition to these food offerings, beer and wine and other non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. A fuel canopy will provide cover for customers while fueling their vehicles with eight multi-product dispensers and 16 fueling positions.”

As we’ve reported, Dash In falls into the category of what we like to call “uber convenience stores” — these brands include names like Wawa, Sheetz, Royal Farm and the Ashburn-based Filling Co. Gas & Grub. Besides the usual array of candy bars, chips and beverages,  these uber c-stores usually feature a full on-site fast-food restaurant.

Wawa has its famous hoagies, Royal Farm its fast-food chicken and the Filling Co. has its cheesesteaks and pizza. Dash In is in the same vein with the Dash In Kitchen concept.

Burgers, quesadillas, flatbreads, and chicken sandwiches are just some of the items on the menu. You can click here to see the full menu from one of the Richmond Dash In locations.

According to the company’s website, there are 41 Dash In locations in Maryland, 11 in Delaware and four so far in Virginia, all in the Richmond area. It appears that Loudoun County is the focus on their expansion into the Northern Virginia market.

(Image at top courtesy Dash In)

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