Veterans open new stores – Daily Press

Marine Corps Master Sgt. Joseph Welday pondered what to do in his retirement years. Then came COVID-19 and everything was closed, but he still wanted to continue working out in a gym.

So he started buying equipment for his own home gym and ended up with three full sheds. Now that he’s retiring in a year, he thought to himself, “Why don’t you open your own gym?”

After moving to the Queen’s Lake area of ​​York County last year, Welday began appraising space at the James-York Plaza Shopping Center for several months, eventually signing a lease for 8,244 square feet.

The Colonial Iron Gym will open in York County’s Edge District in the mall between the ABC store and Dollar General this summer.

Welday acknowledges that there are already more than a dozen gyms in the Williamsburg area and believes his new venture will be successful “because there isn’t a gym in our area right now and because we’re a small family business focused on services.” will focus.”

Welday and his wife, Kat, a nationally qualified wellness participant and Delta flight attendant, plan to “bring back the traditional old-school gym with a modern twist. Our gear is handpicked and unlike anything else available in the area. … Also, everyone’s body is different, so having different versions of the same movement available is important.

“Maybe the leg press at your current gym just doesn’t feel right on your knees. Well, at Colonial Iron we have three different versions available so you can find out exactly what works for you.”

Colonial Iron will have multiple membership plans, he explained. The basic plan is $49 per month with a 12-month commitment; the monthly plan is $54 per month with a month’s notice; the family plan costs $46 per month with a 12-month commitment; and there’s a $43-per-month Heroes Plan for active-duty military, first responders, and educators.

The first activity of the gym will be a pre-membership meeting at the Queens Like Clubhouse on April 8th from 12pm to 5pm. New members can sign up at a discounted rate. “But most importantly, we’re raising funds so we can give away our first youth membership,” Welday said.

An important aspect of the gym will be “to give back to the community by helping young people (13 to 18 years old) lead active and healthy lifestyles. One of our mail goals is to get youngsters into the gym and fall in love with fitness. We plan to hold fundraisers and gift memberships to teenagers whenever we get a chance.”

Navy veteran Cornelius Davis and his wife Sally decided to relocate to Williamsburg when they retired, eventually opening JDog Carpet Cleaning & Floor Care last month.

Headquartered in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, the franchise was founded by an Army veteran who wanted to create business opportunities tailored for individuals with military experience. There are now more than 300 franchise companies nationwide.

Davis said he is “focused on perfecting my craft of cleaning carpets and floors and wants to provide outstanding customer service.” Davis said he intends to hire veterans and “help bring down the veterans’ unemployment rate.”

For more information on JDog Services, visit To hire Davis, call 844-GET-JDOG or 757-907-0539. Davis can be reached via email at [email protected]

The residential real estate division of Cushman & Wakefield | Headquartered in Richmond, Thalhimer will now be known as Thalhimer Multifamily. The division is one of the leading apartment building management companies in the region.

The division is the largest operating group under the Thalhimer umbrella, with more than 200 employees and management of more than 9,100 multi-family homes in 66 communities throughout Virginia and North Carolina.

“We expect to add more than 1,000 new multifamily properties to our management portfolio over the next year, and the rebranding is a more accurate representation of what we are doing and where we are going as a company,” said CEO and President Lee Warfield.

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reports the following recent lease transactions in the greater Williamsburg area:

• Branscome Inc. renewed its lease for 15,000 square feet of office space at 432 McLaws Circle in James City County. Andy Dallas conducted the lease negotiations on behalf of the landlord.

• Bowman Consulting Group leased 6,710 square feet of office space at The Atrium Building, 263 McLaws Circle in James City County. Andy Dallas also conducted the lease negotiations on behalf of the landlord.

• Starbucks Corp. leased 3,164 square feet of retail space at Norge Crossing shopping center in Norge. David Machupa and Ed Kimple did the site selection on behalf of Starbucks Corp.

SL Nusbaum Realty Co. of Norfolk announces the following transactions:

• Dominion Dogs has leased 1,200 square feet of retail space at the James York Plaza Shopping Center in York County. Maggie Spillane represented the landlord.

• Bank of America has exercised its option on 3,904 square feet of retail space on 1.15 acres at the Monticello Marketplace mall in James City County. Tyler Jacobson and Richard Jacobson represented the landlord.

• The Sundays Tanning Resort has renewed its lease for 3,360 square feet of retail space at the WindsorMeade Marketplace Shopping Center in James City County. Tyler Jacobson represented the landlord.

• Gregory P. Jellenek, OD & Associates, has renewed its lease on 3,000 square feet of retail space at the Monticello Marketplace mall in James City County. Tyler Jacobson represented the landlord.

Wilford Kale, [email protected]


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