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March 7, 2019

Upperville Southern States could open this month

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The Front Royal Southern States Cooperative will rent the 8.7-acre Upperville Business Park on the south side of John S. Mosby Highway. Developed in the 1960s for Northern Counties Lumber Inc., the property lies at the west end of the village.
New Southern States
• What: Farm center selling hardware, feed, fencing, equipment, supplies, plants and propane tank refills.

• Where: 8.7 acres at 9183-9193 John S. Mosby Highway in Upperville.

• Opening: Planned by the end of March.

• Operator: Front Royal Southern States Cooperative.

• Manager: Allen Taylor.

• Employees: Up to 8.

• Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. permitted.

• Other features: Farm market on weekends and classes up to 36 times a year.

• Property owner: Upperville Business Park LLC (Shelby Bonnie).
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Fauquier’s board of zoning appeals voted, 4-0, Thursday to approve a special permit for a Southern States farm center in Upperville.

“We hope to open this month,” Manager Allen Taylor said after the meeting.

The Upperville store will operate as an extension of the Southern States Cooperative in Front Royal, which Mr. Taylor also manages.

Southern States will rent the 8.7-acre Upperville Business Park from Shelby Bonnie, who lives on a farm just outside of the Northern Fauquier village along John S. Mosby Highway (Route 50).

“I believe it’s a wonderful use in the Village of Upperville,” said Kimberley Fogle, the only citizen who spoke at a brief public hearing Thursday.

“It would be an asset to the community,” said Ms. Fogle, who recently retired as director of Fauquier’s community development department.

The Southern States will operate seven days a week, using nine existing buildings on the site at 9183-9193 John S. Mosby Highway.

The permit allows an outdoor farmers market, operating from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends, and classes for up 30 participants 36 times a year.

Decades ago, the property housed Northern Counties Lumber Inc., which sold panelized buildings and truss systems. In recent years, other tenants have operated there, including landscaping businesses, a vehicle repair shop and a stone retailer.

The BZA attached conditions to the permit for lighting and screening the property from neighbors. The permit also limits the operation to no more than eight employees at a time, because of the septic system’s limitations.

Mr. Taylor said he plans to use a cellular Internet connection for the store’s inventory control and checkout system.

The Front Royal store already sends a truck to the Upperville area, about 23 miles away, for deliveries twice a week. 

The Upperville store will fill a void in the area that increased in December, when the Southern States in Middleburg closed. It merged with a new store in Purcellville.

The new operation expects to serve as many as 160 customers a day, according to its permit application.

Contact Lou Emerson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-1845.

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