Wednesday, March 2, 2016

'La Villita' will be Retail Center Attached to Whole Foods Market

By Armando Landin

Whole Foods Market is scheduled to open in West El Paso in late 2016 and will anchor an attached retail center called "La Villita." The center will include retail, restaurant, and office space at the corner of North Mesa Street and Pitt Street.

These renderings show what the La Villita retail center may look like, now under construction in West El Paso next to an upcoming Whole Foods Market. (RJL Real Estate)

La Villita will include approximately 26,500 square feet of retail space, 6,900 square feet for restaurants, and 12,000 square feet for upper level office space.

The just over 45,000 square feet of total space at La Villita will be divided between structures on both sides of a curved drive leading to Whole Foods. The office space will be located on the second floor of the southern structure.
In this site plan, Whole Foods Market is on the left while La Villita is on the right. The center should open later this year in West El Paso. (RJL Real Estate)

The new shopping center looks to have a mini-lifestyle-center feel, as the drive can be seen as a main street with shops on both sides. Renderings show a mix of materials and facade depth.

Renderings of La Villita shopping center in West El Paso show a mix of materials and architectural elements. (RJL Real Estate)

Whole Foods Market itself will be 50,000 square feet in size, which includes a 1,900 square foot balcony and 3,100 square foot mezzanine.

Construction on La Villita in West El Paso is ongoing, as seen
in this photograph from ZTEX Construction
EMJ Construction is the contractor on the project, with ZTEX Construction of El Paso subcontracted to perform earthwork, utilities, retaining rock walls, curb and gutter and asphalt paving.

RJL Real Estate Consultants of El Paso is handling leasing on the La Villita project:

RJL Real Estate Consultants
123 W. Mills Ave., Suite 420
El Paso, Texas 79901
915.587.8310 (Main)
915.587.8311 (Fax)