Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Work Begins on North Hills Crossing

Ground Broken on 30-Acre Northeast El Paso Retail Center

One of Northeast El Paso’s largest retail projects in years is getting underway as crews have now begun groundwork at the North Hills Crossing development. The center will take a prominent retail spot at US-54 and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when it opens next year.
Rendering of the future North Hills Crossing shopping center, now under construction in Northeast El Paso. (www.ropelpaso.com)

Crews began moving dirt earlier this month, with ZTEX Construction of El Paso as earthwork subcontractor on the project. The company will complete earthwork, utilities, paving, and erosion control.

The general contractor on the project is EMJ Construction of Dallas, the same company that served in that role at the popular Fountains at Farah center in East El Paso which was completed last year. River Oaks Properties of El Paso is developing the center.

Plans for the 30-acre North Hills Crossing site came to light last year, showing a 200,000+ square foot shopping center that will have a generally standard power center layout. Various site plans have been available since then, along with a rotating list of unofficial retail tenants based on the schematics.
The latest available site plan shows a mix of retailers for North Hills Crossing, and a few unnamed restaurants.

The latest marketing flyer for the project still shows a Walmart Neighborhood Market taking the largest anchor spot on the western end of the main shopping center building. Moving eastward, stores shown include Petco, Dollar Tree, Ross, Marshall’s, Rack Room Shoes, Rue 21, and Big Lots. In addition, a rendering of the center at the developer’s website shows a possible Office Depot location.

The list of possible eateries shown on site plans has changed greatly, with only one restaurant now displayed: McDonald’s. There are four other spots on outparcels that are labeled “Restaurant” or “Fast Food,” but offer no other details. Previous versions showed eateries which are no longer included, such as Taco Cabana and Panda Express.
A bird’s eye view of the North Hills Crossing site which recently broke ground. (Courtesy ZTEX Construction)

North Hills Crossing shows an uptick in new retail activity in Northeast El Paso, which will also see its first Sam’s Club store open later this year at Gateway North Boulevard and Diana Drive. And even more retail could be announced later this year as City officials are preparing to reveal plans for the Northgate development on Dyer Street, currently a huge vacant lot.

Residents have long bemoaned the lack of retail options in Northeast which forces many to drive to other parts of the city to patronize malls or stores like Target. It remains to be seen if the new and not-so-new retailers that ultimately take spots at North Hills Crossing will help satisfy Northeast residents’ retail hopes.

North Hills Crossing is scheduled for completion in summer of 2015.

40 comments:

  1. NO WALMART OR MCDONALD'S PLEASE! We need now variety out here. Michaels, Target, Five Guys, Panda Express.

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    1. I agree no one wants a McDonalds or Walmart ...we have enough of those!!!!!

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  2. Petition had been started for no more Walmart, dollar tree, and McDonald's. Please sign and support

    https://www.change.org/p/carl-robinson-and-oscar-leeser-no-more-walmarts-dollar-stores-or-mcdonalds-in-the-north-east

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  3. Please put Panda Express, No Mcdonalds. I want american eagle, hollister, victoria secret, starbucks, forever 21 or DD's discount. Stores we don't have please =)

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    1. we have a starbucks by the lowes, across from chilli's.

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  4. We already have 3 MC donalds over here! 1 on MC combs 2 on Trans mt (one in Walmart) im so.sick of mcd bring a in and out burger or a checkers or SOMETHING DIFFERENT HOW WILL YOU ALL KNOW IF IT'LL BE A SUCCESS IF YOU DON'T TRY! AND NO MORE DOLLAR TREES GOT ONE ON FAIR BANKS. AND PLEASE NO MORE WALMARTS. SHEEEEEESH

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  5. What happened to Michaels?? ��

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  6. No walmart or mc donalds or dollar tree. We already have a supercenter and 2 mc donalds that are close enough, and we have a dollar tree that's near that area.

    Give us things like Michaels, joann fabrics, hobby lobby, menchies, yogo berry, whole foods. etc. Things like that.

    Not panda express >.> There are better sushi places than panda express.

    We want and need more variety.

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  7. I agree with everyone. We also need a Home Depot and a IN & Out Burger Please

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    1. Also Please no more Wal Mart we need a Target or Target Great land or a World Market

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  8. A Target please!! So sick of Walmart! What were these people thinking when they decided on another stupid Walmart. Getting rid of Walmart and putting in a Target will automatically make the shopping center nicer. Walmart ALWAYS cheapens things!!!

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  9. No Walmart nor mcds... More like a Red Robin, H&M Dave and busters something new not the same stores over and over!!!!

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  10. Target or HEB is needed. Do you all take suggestions or polls? Add some variety! Walmart and McDonalds are already less than 5 minutes away. Why not add stores that are 20 minutes away or more? Make it make sense! I know there are SOME different stores willing to be in the NE. Get it done please. Be aggressive. B-E aggressive!

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  11. We need a sprouts!!!more health food stores in the NE!!

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  12. Sprouts people!! Also Bed Bath&Beyond. Jungle Jacks.

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  13. Barnes and noble would be nice too!

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  14. Sprouts or a Whole foods would give Northeast life again. We got plenty of Hiking, Biking, and great views to stay active outside but no healthy food options. No more Mc fat Fries.

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  15. Pot Belly Sandwiches, Sprouts, Sparrow's, Chubby's Bronx Deli. I love Albertson's and have no interest in shopping a Walmat, even if it is a corner store.

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  16. Sprouts! Ranch Market, TARGET!! Restaurants with substance. Don't keep preaching about the obesity epidemic and then throw another McDonald's at us. Walmart coupled with the dollar store, Ross and Marshals spells discount shopping….don’t we deserve quality!! Very disappointed!!

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  17. We need something like In & Out Burger, Raising Canes, Red Robin, Five Guys, JC Pennys, Sonic, Cheesecake Factory, Hooters, Steak n Shake, Boston Market, Bubba Gump, Joe's Crab Shack, Fatburger, Schlotzsky's, Del Taco, Hard Rock Cafe or something that no other part of town has so it brings more people on the NE to spend their money. No Wal-Mart or McDonalds. Bring Target!!! How much kickback (money) is our NE Rep getting from Walmart by keeping Target out of the NE? Walmart has a monopoly on the NE. It's time to break it up!!! Come on folks be creative!!! Don't be boring!!!!

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  18. WE NEED A SUPER TARGET!!! Please!!! Walmart already has enough in NE, including a Neighborhood Store on Hondo Pass and Now the new SAMs CLUB (Walmart Warehouse). ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! We need something new! We need a SUPER TARGET! Trust me TARGET you will get their money's worth from NE patrons who have to drive all over the city just to get to one! Come On Don’t Let Walmart get everything in the NE, Share some space for other stores.

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  19. So this is how it works... A devlopment company buys a piece of land and makes it available to any company that wants to invest in bringing their store to your neighborhood. Dont blame the Developer that Target doesnt want to go to NE... Target is busy planning there future development in Canutillo.. Looks like Walmart is the only company that wants your money. Keep yelling at the developer to bring so and so, when those companies dont see it worth the investment..

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  20. Wal-mart along with the money shop, Ross and Marshals means lower price shopping….don’t we are entitled to quality!! Very disappointed
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  21. NO MORE WAL-MART, DOLLAR TREE OR MC DONALDS that is all that we have now why would we want more?? We need something new to bring people over to this side of town. The only thing people would come to NE was the diablos games now we dont have that either. Bring like a Dave n Busters or something of good quality like it. Red Robin, Smash burger, Pappadeaux, Ruby Tuesday's, Cheesecake Factory.

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  22. How about bringing something to the Northeast Side of El Paso that will have EVERYONE in El Paso, Juarez, Las Cruces Bringing their money to NE. IKEA!!!

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  23. I would love to have a Whole Foods or Sprouts in place of Walmart and dollar tree. Seems like almost every corner in NE has a dollar tree. We don't need anymore.

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  24. I am spending my $$ in other parts of town because there is not enough variety in the NE. Those in the position of making financial decisions for the new development should keep in mind there is $$ in the new NE. Therefore, to maximize your shareholders profit I recommend instituting establishments that represent the immediate middle class neighborhoods.

    Secondly, if it is the sole responsibility of the real estate developer to bring in quality businesses then it is clear the marketing department is incompetent, useless and inept. It is important that they overcome the lethargic effort in which they are being paid for.

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  25. We need some healthy food. A few nice dining restaurants instead of having to go to the west side Or east side. Bring Independent burger here. Five guys. Asian cuisine. No more Mc Donald's. Tired of seeing McDonalds. D'Ds discounts would of been nice to have on this side of town since the only one (that I know of) is in the lower valley. El Paso needs a big change. Not the same restaurants all over. We need some excitement here on the northeast. We need something for the teens to do also. And for those who don't drink!

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  26. Five Guys, a Nike store, Dick's sporting goods, Jungle Jacks and Dave and Busters!!!! Let's develop an inciting atmosphere!!! Something different!!!! There are a lot of military families that would appreciate some diversity as well as the people here!!!!!! I am sure everyone wants something different!!!!

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  27. Never mind!! No panda express, McDonalds, dunkin donuts, or taco cabana. We have all those in northeast we need new things we don't have five guys, olive garden, red lobster or chick fil a. I love the Ross and Marshalls but not Walmart or dollar tree. I hate cell phones companies have enough of those!! Target would be great!!

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  28. All stores you didn't added were good except for whataburger, dunkin donuts

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  29. It's a huge misconception that people in the northeast are joined at the hip with fast food and Walmart. It's insulting and so far from the truth. Unfortunately vendors pulled out believing they would not flourish in this part of town. There are still some spaces left let's hit them up again!!

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  30. For sure no more of the same stores. I'm tired of seeing them repeat.. NO more McDonald's or Walmarts.. We need Costco,Pollo Loco,Super Target,Jcpenny,IN and Out,Blake's or Big China Buffet

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  31. How about a Jason's? They have one east and one west. And a Home Depot; they carry a lot of brands that Lowe's don't have. Firehouse Subs? Or, dare I say...Panera? Office Depot by all means!

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