New Froyo Store Coming to Lee Harrison Shops

by ARLnow.com June 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm 8,271 56 Comments

A new frozen yogurt store may be coming to the Lee Harrison Shopping Center.

According to a Facebook page, a Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt store is coming to the shopping center.  Building permits were issued late last month (May) for the store, located at 2439 N. Harrison Street. Tutti Frutti will replace the former Serendipity store, which sold home furnishings, decorations and gifts.

No word yet on when Tutti Frutti will open, but the Facebook page lists the store’s hours (once it does open) as 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

With 580 locations in 23 countries, Tutti Frutti says it’s “the largest self-serve frozen yogurt brand in the world.” The franchise has a roster of more than 50 flavors of frozen yogurt, along with numerous fruit, candy and other toppings.

Recently the company introduced soy frozen yogurt, a fat-free, dairy-free and vegan-friendly alternative to traditional frozen yogurt.

Hat tip to Along the Pike

  • Tre

    Good, everything is back to normal…all this pie talk was making me question myself.

    • Richard Cranium

      Next up, Bob’s Brown Flip-Flop Emporium will replace that horrible Chinese restaurant in Le-Harrison.

      • Rick

        I love that place!

        • Williamsburg

          So do I!

      • george

        The Chinese Restaurant (non-PC named “Oriental Gourmet”) does serve a lot of standard Americanized Chinese food, but if you order carefully you can get a very good meal there – many times better than the worthless Thai restaurant next to the Baskin-Robbins.

        • Joe Hoya

          Yes, the Chinese restaurant can be pretty good (Singapore rice noodles, FTW).

          And yes, that Thai place is awful. How does it stay in business?

        • BlueLoom

          That poor Thai place! It used to be pretty much the best Thai food in the DC Metro area. Then the original family that owned it sold it to another group (or family), and now it’s dreadful. We used to eat there frequently. Once was one time too many under the new ownership.

  • Elmer

    Another “froyo” and named “tutti frutti” no less?
    Well, that about sums it all up.

    What a county!

    • ArLater

      Um, move?

      • Henry

        Pretty sure he was joking. FroYo places with ‘special’ names are what make us all love Arlington so much!

        • Elmer

          Arlington: Where if the tutu fits-wear it.

  • speonjosh

    This is about the worst news possible for this location. It’s already damn near impossible to park for much of the evenings and weekends. That stretch of Harrison is a combination of slalom, Frogger, and drag racing. Time to get creative. I say make the street one lane each way, with enormous sidewalks, and eliminate the curb cut closest to Lee. In other words, force people to walk and voluntarily give up the customers coming from farther afield.

    • South Side Chris

      Creative = Dig Dug

      • Quoth the Raven

        Very well done. Love it!

      • J

        Fantastic! I always wanted to get a dog and name it Dig Dug.

    • Sam

      Not so sure the store owners will be too thrilled with voluntarily giving up customers but I like your ideas about expanding the sidewalk and shrinking the road. They could also maybe take one lane of the road away and add in some street parking along Harrison.

    • HighViewPunk

      I’ve always thought that parking lot is a little like Altered Beasts.

    • John Fontain

      I’ve never understood why everyone fights it out for parking spots on the at-grade parking lot while the underground lot goes largely unused.

      Maybe the signs for the underground lot aren’t written in plain English.

      • Rick

        I gave up after the stairwell was overcome with mold and I couldn’t breathe in there. Would be nice if it connected to the lower level shops but can’t have everything…

        • John Fontain

          I park and walk out the rear of the garage along the sidewalk that runs behind the shopping center. There is a door that leads into the lower level shops (karate, tumbles, etc.).

          • Rick

            Learn something new every day. Not being 11 or a father I don’t have much use for the lower level but if something else popped up there I’d be excited.

          • Lee-n-Glebe

            That lower level is one of the more amazing things I’ve seen in retail. In almost any other suburban strip center I’ve seen, that space would be barely-rentable storage space.

          • drax

            You can also take the elevator to Harris Teeter’s lobby. Takes you right to the front.

          • don’t like the elevator

            Five or so years ago, my 7 or 8 year old daughter and I got stuck in that elevator , for about 15 minutes. A fire alarm started going off after we’d been in there about 5 minutes. No cell service, and no one would answer the fire/emergency phone. Apparently there was some electrical emergency there, and they assumed the elevator ringing issue was just part of the issue. Have to say, it was perhaps the scariest 15 minutes of my life. Eventually, firemen used a crowbar to get us out. They did give me my groceries for free, though!

    • drax

      CaBi station. Better bus service.

      • Rick

        drax and I finally agree on something! Bikeshare for 22207

    • Rick

      You do realize we live in a capitalist society right?

  • Justin

    It’s not really that bad, dude. I like the idea of having something useful rather than some stodgy women’s clothing store.

    • Sam

      Stodgy women’s clothing store? Not following that one…

  • Frank

    Baskin-Robbins must be thrilled.

    • Rick

      they can’t see whats going on right now!

  • Danielle

    Tutti Frutti is actually really good. I hope they replace the Mexican and Chinese restaurants in this strip mall next. The Mexican place had the worst guacamole I’ve ever eaten and the Chinese…I don’t even know what to say.

    • nom de guerre

      Taqueria Poblano? They have the best lettuce tostada for only $12. Many others on this site rave about this place. I’m guessing they haven’t had really good mexican food.

      • drax

        TP is probably the most popular place in that mall.

        • Chris Slatt

          That honor definitely goes to Pie Tanza

    • Lee-n-Glebe

      I like Taqueria Poblano – very good Margs!

      • HighViewPunk

        Yes, good margs! And the Huevos Rancheros on their brunch menu is pretty good too.

    • Suburban Not Urban

      Hands off my TaP

    • Rick

      No one has elaborated on why they don’t like the chinese place. What’s so awful about it? I love it, used to get takeout almost weekly, and I still go to sit at dinnertime every now and then. The only thing I want back in that strip mall is Popeyes!

      • Richard Cranium

        Yes to the Popeyes!

    • george

      Danielle – Are you saying the Chinese food tastes bad, or is it that serve too much American-style food? Try the Hong Kong Wonton Soup, or order off their alternate (“authentic”) menu – you might not be so critical.

      • Danielle

        It seemed greasy and I didn’t like the quality of the chicken. It was a while ago so maybe I should give it another try.

  • Arlinoyo

    1.Doesn’t anybody see the irony in a store called “Serendipity” going out of business and closing?

  • Arlinoyo

    2. The froyo store’s proximity to the liquor store is quite convenient – who want’s a shot of courvoisier on their vanilla froyo? Mmmmmmmm……

  • Wavy Gravy and the Mashed Potatoes

    Way back in the day, there was a TCBY at L-H. Didn’t work out too well, but that was pre-Teeter, pre-renovations, pre-a lot of things. Hell, I think Anderson might have actually still owned Anderson Sunoco then.

  • MomOfTeens

    Wish a Robeks would go in instead

    • george

      They were going to lease the space to a non-chain, local start-up Fro-Yo shop, but the Frutti people offered double the rent before the lease was signed.

  • ARLrez

    More FroYo, Yo!

  • Dan

    I heard that Dogma needs your support….nice store, nice people.

    • Joe Hoya

      I’m sure they’re nice, but there’s only so much demand for a dog treat bakery.

      • Frank

        My wife has gone there for years, they were the only store around to carry the food our dog needed until the pet store started to carry it. And we found that the stuff we bought there for the dog lasted a lot longer than some of the items we bought elsewhere.

        They have done a lot for the community, It will be sad to them go. We ‘ll just have to drive to their other store.

        • Dan

          Well, I hope that they don’t go.

  • Sticky Wicket

    At least it isn’t cupcakes

  • Michael

    There’s already a Baskin-Robbins. They should do cupcakes instead.

  • TJ

    Will they also offer drive-in service?

    • Dan

      I believe that the Baskin-Robbins drive through window is only temporary ;>)

      But as we used to say in the software biz, “That isn’t a bug—that’s a feature !!”


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