Lions Paw Development Company


Lion’s Paw is a real estate development company that operates for the purpose of creating opportunities in the retail/restaurant marketplace. Our founding principle is cooperation.

A Unique Vision of Partnership

Lion’s Paw offers a unique viewpoint on the ideal of partnership. A viewpoint that we believe in and follow to the end of each and every project.

The negotiation of the lease is only the beginning. Service and communication make for a strong bond and create an environment that breeds success.

It’s All in the Details

Our company is dedicated to insuring that each and every step of the process is carefully planned and scrutinized. From municipality approval processes to lease negotiations, through to occupancy, it is our sole purpose that the tenant’s needs are met completely.



Charlie Diradour, President

Lion’s Paw Development Company, LLC was founded by Charlie Diradour. As a long-time investor in the Richmond market, Charlie is well known for his expertise in restaurant/retail sites.

Since 1986 Charlie has been investing in property, matching great tenants with great locations, and producing great results for the consumer.

Lion’s Paw is a concept that has come to reality due to Charlie’s vision and commitment to smart growth.


Sandy Appelman, Operations Manager

Sandy earned his undergraduate degree in finance and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Real Estate. In addition he has also received a graduate certificate in Urban Commercial Revitalization.

His concentration is in real estate development, adaptive re-use and commercial revitalization. Sandy has over 20 years combined experience in finance and retail, is a member of the CCIM Institute, has a real estate license and is a great addition to the team.


Awards & Accolades

2008 Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate: Best Renovated/Historic Rehabilitation Project- deLuxe (Pearl).

2009 American Planning Association: Best Student Plan (Sandy)- Hull Street Revitalization Plan.

2009 Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods: Preservation Advocacy Award, Golden Hammer Honoree.

2013 Better Housing Coalition Golden Hammer Award: Best Commercial Renovation- En Su Boca.

2015 Better Housing Coalition Golden Hammer Award: Best Adaptive Reuse and People’s Choice Award- The Rogue Gentlemen.