In June, Warsaw Mayor Randy Phelps expressed his pleasure with the business momentum in the town, referring a list of development projects that are underway or slated to begin.

At its monthly meetings, the town council has been excited to follow the progress of Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, which has been renovating the former KFC property on Richmond Road. Hiring has started and the business is reportedly aiming to have its grand opening around July 4.

Old Rappahannock Taphouse, located on Main Street, has also started hiring and provided a good number of its jobs to local Warsaw residents, town manager Joseph Quesenberry reported at the June town council meeting. The business was hoping to get its staff trained at the end of June, with the goal of also opening for the 4th of July. The restaurant will operate seven days a week for lunch and dinner and will feature Virginia brews and a large, varied menu.

Horn’s Ace Hardware is making steady progress on its new Warsaw home located at the corner of Richmond Road and Main Street. The plumbing has been set and the project to connect to the property to the town’s stormwater network is underway. The 12,500-square-foot store will become the landmark location for the chain of Horn’s-owned Ace stores, said Quesenberry. The grand opening is tentatively slated for September or October.  

Dollar Tree has signed the lease for a 10,000-square-foot location next to Tractor Supply, and is currently aiming to have that store open in late August or early September.

Midtown Crossing is under construction and will bring two three-story residential buildings to the corner of Jones Rd. and Rt. 360. It’ll feature 48 units and has the potential to add 100 new residents in Warsaw, Quesenberry said.

River Collision has been working on a new facility next to Food Lion that will house and rent out commercial units. Holtzman Propane is constructing a propane distribution center in Commerce Park and Abundant Life Foods is working to prepare the old Levi’s building so that it can move its health food distribution business from Lively.

In June, the town also announced that Porch Creek Contracting was slated to start paving and construction at The Saddlery. The project included working on sidewalks, a retaining wall, drainage, windows and doors as well as filling the basement with concrete. Ultimately, the town’s goal is to get the building to the point that it can be furnished and used.

“It’s a real exciting time for the town. You go across America and things will be boarded up but we have the opposite here. What you see here is dust clouds from the construction,” said Quesenberry.