Tuesday, February 9, 2016

‘West Towne Marketplace’ to bring 500,000 Square Foot Retail Center to West El Paso

Center Could Open as Early as Late-2017
By Armando Landin

Construction will soon be underway on a 500,000 square foot retail center at the corner of Desert Boulevard North and Paseo Del Norte on El Paso’s West Side. West Towne Marketplace will feature retail, restaurant, and entertainment options on the 63-acre property, according to a brochure.

A rendering of West Towne Marketplace shows a roundabout in the "lifestyle" area of the retail center, planned for West El Paso. (River Oaks Properties)

The new center will include a large grocery retailer as its main anchor along with big box sporting goods and soft goods retailers, spread throughout the more traditional power center sections of the development.

It will also include “lifestyle” retail areas with specialty shops and “signature” restaurants. In particular, a section of the center includes shops lining the lanes leading up to a roundabout with a fountain in the center.

The site plan for West Towne Marketplace shows the traditional power center and lifestyle areas of the development, at the corner of Paseo Del Norte and Desert Boulevard North in El Paso. (River Oaks Properties)

A movie theater will also be part of the development, planned for the northern section of the development. The 29,050 square foot theater has an expansion option of an additional 6,000 square feet.
A rendering of the possible design style planned for West Towne Marketplace. (River Oaks Properties)

No specific retail or restaurant names have been revealed for the center, which is scheduled to open in late 2017 or early 2018. River Oaks Properties of El Paso is the developer on the project.

33 comments:

  1. Sunland Park Mall needs to step it up with better shopping choices

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  2. God that's some bland looking development. Another sea of parking spaces.

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    1. I totally agree. Waste of space. AND, encroaching on the largest interurban park in the US - the Franklin Mountain STate Park. Guess when a mountain lion tries to go for a swim in their fountain there will be another shooting in El Paso.

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    2. Learn some geography... This is not being built on the Franklin mountains. It's actually really close to the freeway.

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  3. Cheesecake Factory, Yard House, Crate and Barrel, Restoration Hardware pleeeeeeease!

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    1. Yeah, that's great! Exactly the same shops as every other shopping mall in the country! This is a terrible plan and a terrible layout.

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    2. We need more bland chains so that when you're shopping you feel like you're in Anytown, USA!

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    3. We need more bland chains so that when you're shopping you feel like you're in Anytown, USA!

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  5. I like everything Edgar M proposed

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  6. Too bad. Another bland development with a sea of parking. Why didn't they design using the City's Smart Growth guidelines? This kind of "development" is blight.

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  7. BEAUTIFUL ADDITION TO CITY OF EL PASO TEXAS

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    1. I'm sure it will be nice but less parking lot more shops and entertainment and plenty more trees and floral type plants with nicely built parking decks with ground legal shop's. Just sayin.

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    2. I agree. Well needed. I lived in Denver for 30 yrs and now in Florida. El Paso is catching up finally. I'm happy to see how El Paso is growing for the better. This city has a bad name and this will help to make it better. We are thinking about moving there for retirement :-)

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  8. Who's involved in the construction?

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    1. EMJ is the General contractor. Same group that was behind The Fountains.

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  9. More construction means more jobs available is the positive side.

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    1. Temporary construction jobs and low-paying, zero benefit retail positions? No wonder the El Paso economy is lagging the rest of the state.

      Hooray...

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    2. El Paso would be a whole lot worse if we had unemployment figures at 12% instead of 4.9 %. Temporary construction jobs are still beneficial if you're looking for work.Besides El Paso economy has always lag behind most other major Texas cities because that is the way the rest of the state of Texas looks upon El Paso as they stereotype us as dirt cheap people. Maybe you should move to one of these fascinating Texas cities of commerce wealth and progress.

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    3. El Paso would be a whole lot worse if we had unemployment figures at 12% instead of 4.9 %. Temporary construction jobs are still beneficial if you're looking for work.Besides El Paso economy has always lag behind most other major Texas cities because that is the way the rest of the state of Texas looks upon El Paso as they stereotype us as dirt cheap people. Maybe you should move to one of these fascinating Texas cities of commerce wealth and progress.

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    4. I have talked to many people from all over the States, who don't think highly of El Paso. They say it looks dirty and like a welfare city. Cleaning up El Paso's image can only help make this city the city of the future. With the excellent climate in ELP it's a great city for also retirement. Here we come :-)

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  10. More construction means more jobs available is the positive side.

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  11. This is so exciting, it's great to see new things coming to the city. I live in the neighborhood and I can't wait to have more entertainment options closer to home. You just can't make everyone happy.

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  12. West Towne could not come sooner to this area of town. Soon I won't have to drive all the way to Sunland Park Mall or Outlet Shoppes. Would be nice if West Towne could have a store like Trader Joe's or WholeFoods. We need a health oriented food store in this area badly.

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  13. Need a JoAnn's Fabric store and World Market on this side of town! A Cheesecake Factory would be nice too. :)

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  14. Also restaurants like we had in Denver & now in Florida. Brio's, Cheesecake Factory, Red Robin (for families), Whole Foods, Aldi Grocery store (originally from Germany).

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  15. Hopefully El Paso can sustain those places. I'm still very disappointed that the Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn stores in the outlet mall closed after only a year.

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  16. Excited for this new addition to El Paso. New stores/grocery stores such as Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Panera Bread, Sephora, Lululemon, Kona Grill, Cheesecake Factory would be great options!

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  17. Burritos, Tacos and cerveza por favor. every thing else is just pretentious.

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  18. I've been on the project for over 4 months. It is coming along well. It seems a little higher end than other similair malls in El Paso. I think it be enjoyed by many living on the west side.

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