“Kroger Marketplace will serve as anchor for the center, located at the gateway to Castle Hills, a premier, award-winning 2,500-acre master-planned community. Including the Kroger Marketplace and Kroger Fuel Center, the planned shopping center will incorporate approximately 350,000 s.f. of retail space, including additional anchor space, freestanding uses and small-shop retail and restaurant space,” says Herbert D. Weitzman, chairman and CEO of Cencor, a Texas retail development services firm, and its sister company, The Weitzman Group. David Palmer, EVP in charge of development for Cencor, is directing the development, which will be leased by The Weitzman Group.
“We have served the residents of Lewisville, and surrounding communities, for many years and are eager to introduce our Marketplace concept,” says Gary Huddleston, consumer affairs director for Kroger. “The opening of the Lewisville Marketplace will present a one-stop shopping destination and create more than 350 jobs. Earlier this month we opened a Marketplace in Wylie to much excitement. ”
The Wylie store, Kroger reports, had the most successful opening day of any Marketplace in North Texas. The Lewisville location will be the seventh Marketplace in the area; the first opened in 2009.
The Lewisville Marketplace, which will total 123,000 s.f., will offer furniture, housewares, small appliances, toys, baby products, fine jewelry and a pharmacy, along with a variety of fresh food options, healthy meal solutions and traditional grocery items. Additionally, Texas-grown produce, fresh meat and seafood, natural and organic foods, specialty cheeses, international items, chef-prepared meals, artisan breads and premium wine and beer will line the store’s shelves and cases.
According to Weitzman, Kroger plans to break ground on the store later this year, with the center scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015.
“This location offers incredible visibility and access, and will serve the communities of Castle Hills, Lewisville and Carrollton,” Palmer says. “With this powerhouse Kroger Marketplace as an anchor, we expect that this major new retail development will rank as one of the strongest retail destinations in the trade area.
The Castle Hills project is one of several the two companies have worked on together.
“Cencor and Kroger have a long history of working to create leading community retail centers, including Windhaven Plaza and Legacy Drive Village in Plano, Flower Mound Town Center and several key retail projects in the Houston area,” Palmer says.
The Kroger Southwest Division operates 211 stores, 202 pharmacies and 113 fuel centers in Texas and Louisiana.