New Business: Red Robin to open in Dover’s Capital Station

The approved site plan notes that Capital Station Dover will include 65,000 square feet of retail space and 435 parking spaces. The leasing broker noted that Aldi is a confirmed tenant at the southeast corner building, and both Red Robin and Starbucks will be tenants in the northeast buildings. (Submitted photo)

DOVER — Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews — a casual dining restaurant chain — is the latest business to confirm a future location in the upcoming Capital Station Dover shopping center, according to developers.

Those regularly driving past the old Playtex plant on the U.S. 13 and East Division Street intersection in Dover have undoubtedly noticed the industrial landmark slowly disappear over the last year.

The process to revitalize the corner and build the new multi-building retail center began in early 2017. The project reached a crucial stage a few months ago when demolition was completed. According to organizers, construction will begin shortly with completion expected sometime in the first quarter of 2019.

Leasing the retail space has also been proceeding better than expected, said Charles Rodriguez of R&R Commercial Realty, the leasing broker for the project. Since the project’s early stages, it was confirmed that discount supermarket chain, Aldi, intended to be an anchor tenant. Recently Starbucks and Red Robin were also confirmed as future tenants.

“Ever since demolition was completed, we’ve been getting a high level of interest,” said Mr. Rodriguez. “I think some people had to see it to believe it. We’re currently in negotiations with several other potential tenants. If we get confirmations from them, we’ll be about 70 percent pre-leased.”

Seeing the lot fully demoed may have spurred interest because a previous attempt to redevelop the site had fizzled.

Capital Station Dover’s approved site plan includes 65,000 square feet of retail space across five separate buildings that may be reconfigured several different ways. The plan also includes 435 parking spaces.

Now open

•Brandywine Counseling — celebrated the opening of its fourth treatment center last Thursday on 69 East Masten Circle in Milford. To learn more about services at the Milford site, call 302-856-4700.

Coming soon

• King’s Homemade Ice Cream — Downtown Milford, Inc. announced its partnership with King’s Homemade Ice Cream of Milton and Lewes. King’s will operate an ice cream business along the Mispillion River in Downtown Milford beginning Tuesday.


Maddalena’s Sandwich Shop — The Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting on July 18 at 11 a.m. Maddalena’s is at 4115 N. DuPont Highway, Dover. RSVP to the CDCC office at 734-7513 or go to

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