Friday, October 31, 2014

Lincoln Property’s retail project near White Rock Lake opens next month

Fresh Market will open its Gaston Avenue store next month. (Steve Brown)
The first tenants in the new Arboretum Village shopping center in northeast Dallas chould open their doors as early as next month.
A Fresh Market grocery store is anchoring the 100,000-square-foot retail center that Lincoln Property is building on Gaston Avenue just west of Garland Road.
“Fresh Market is opening Nov. 17,” Lincoln Property executive vice president Robert Dozier told a morning meeting of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce. “They will be flanked on either side by Lakewood Hardware and Petsmart.”
Lincoln bought the decades old retail center located south of White Rock Lake two years ago and has been working to redevelop the property.
First the developer had to move the East Dallas YMCA and wait for the lease to expire with a nightclub in the shopping strip.
“We got to the real estate earlier than we envisioned and have made a lot of progress,” Dozier said.
The shopping center will also have a Luke’s Locker athletic store, Starbucks and a taco eatery. “We are adding a 6,000 restaurant with a large patio,” he said. “We are currently working with two or three restaurants.”
Lincoln is also continuing to remodel the historic Lakewood shopping center at Gaston and Abrams Road. It bought the 60,000-square-foot property in 2012.
“We’re still working on bringing in some new tenants and have some other architectural features underway,” Dozier said. “We upgraded the façade a little bit.”
Lincoln has added Lakewood tenants including CVS Pharmacy and Liberty Burgers.
Dozier said the plan is for long-time favorite Dixie House restaurant to stay as the centerpiece of the 1930s retail strip.