The original village of Short Pump, located at the Far West end of Broad street was named for the short handled pump beneath the porch of a tavern located there. This area was on the principal route between Richmond and the Blue Ridge Mountains, so any well-known historical figures spent time here including Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Stonewall Jackson.
Short Pump is one of Richmond's busiest areas and has exploded in population and amenities. In 2003, developers opened Short Pump Town Center, a 1,200,000-square-foot open air shopping mall which contains upscale restaurants & stores such as Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Pottery Barn, and Crate and Barrel. It houses the Hotel Sierra is on the grounds and The Hilton Hotel & Spa adjacent to Town Center.
Short Pump has numerous strip style shopping plazas, containing fast-food, upscale restaurants and major ‘big-box’ stores. There is also a skating rink, bowling alley, and movie complex.
In 2010 construction began on West Broad Village which is a ‘lifestyle center’. It contains places to eat, shop and have fun. The new "village" contains stores such as REI, Home Goods, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Diamonds-Direct, and more. The restaurants include such options as The Halligan Bar & Grill, Kona Grill, Longhorn Steakhouse, The Wine Loft, and Ledo’s Pizza, amongst others. The housing varies from flats, the townhomes, and apartments.