South Block and Crimson Coward Chicken to Open at Old Keene Mill Shopping Center in Springfield, Va.

Unique and Popular Restaurants Among Five Small Businesses Opening by early 2025

Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) proudly announces that South Block and Crimson Coward Chicken will open at Old Keene Mill Shopping Center in Springfield, Va. in early 2025.

South Block, which offers from-scratch acai bowls, smoothies, and cold-pressed juices, will open its third location on a Federal Realty property at Old Keene Mill.  The 1,401-square-foot restaurant is in an especially meaningful location, as it is located in South Block founder Amir Mostafavi’s hometown. The other two locations on Federal properties are North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose and McLean’s Chesterbrook.

Crimson Coward Chicken, offers a certified hormone-free, boneless breast cooked to perfection and served with Crimson Sauce, house-made slaw, and pickles on an artisan brioche bun. Crimson Coward uses the finest chicken and has a direct relationship with the farmer. The 1,449-square-foot restaurant will be located next to South Block.

“We are excited to announce the newly-devised small shops at Old Keene Mill Shopping Center have been fully leased with the addition of South Block and Crimson Coward Chicken,” said Deirdre Johnson, Senior Vice President of Asset Management at Federal. “Opening in early 2025 along with McAllister Deli, European Wax Center and ZIPS Dry Cleaners, these five new merchants provide an elevated selection of premium fast-casual dining and service options for our Old Keene Mill Customers.”

“Crimson Coward Nashville Hot Chicken is proud to expand further in the Virginia area with our fourth location opening in Springfield in the Old Keene Mill shopping center,” shared Nabil Asad, owner of the Springfield franchise. “The food is freshly made at all of our chicken joints and we hope the locals will embrace the experience of a Crimson Coward when they stop in to try one of the five heat levels – there’s something for everyone.”

South Block and Crimson Coward Chicken will join recently opened and soon-to-open Old Keene Mill merchants:

  • Arriving summer 2024 is Kanji Sushi, featuring sushi, rolls, bowls, noodles and more.
  • McAlister’s Deli, a fast casual restaurant founded in 1989 in Oxford, Mississippi, will open in early 2025. With more than 500 locations in 29 states, the restaurant features deli sandwiches, “giant spuds”, soups, salads, desserts, as well as catering.
  • European Wax Center, offering waxing services from bikini to Brazilian, laser hair removal, skin care products and more, will open in early 2025.
  • ZIPS Dry Cleaners will open in early 2025.

About Old Keene Mill:

Old Keene Mill is a neighborhood shopping center serving the Springfield community in Fairfax County, VA. Anchored by Walgreens, Planet Fitness, and a popular national grocer scheduled to open soon, Old Keene Mill features a complimentary collection of dining options such as Mezeh Mediterranean Grill, Duck Donuts and Starbucks, as well as, a wide range of shops and convenient services.  In 2024, McAlister’s Deli, Zips Dry Cleaner, European Wax, Crimson Coward and South Block will join the merchandise mix.

About Federal Realty Investment Trust:

Federal Realty is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail-based properties located primarily in major coastal markets from Washington, D.C. to Boston as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Founded in 1962, Federal Realty’s mission is to deliver long-term, sustainable growth through investing in communities where retail demand exceeds supply. Its expertise includes creating urban, mixed-use neighborhoods like Santana Row in San Jose, California, Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, Maryland and Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts. These unique and vibrant environments that combine shopping, dining, living and working provide a destination experience valued by their respective communities. Federal Realty’s 102 properties include approximately 3,300 tenants, in 26 million square feet, and approximately 3,100 residential units.

Federal Realty has increased its quarterly dividends to its shareholders for 56 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty is an S&P 500 index member and its shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT. For additional information about Federal Realty and its properties, visit