Shopping centers moving in

One will be complete in July, the other close to breaking ground

June 11, 2008 at 10:09 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Shopping centers moving in
It’s taken close to a year of planning, but a new 7,500-square-foot strip mall is inching towards completion.

The strip mall, which will be located on Highway 90 in Boutte (adjacent to the Herald-Guide office), will take around four months to complete once ground is broken.

Developer Paul Flanagan says that he hasn’t decided which stores will occupy the strip mall, but he has been approached by coffee shops, pizza places, clothing stores and insurance companies.

Flanagan says that it has taken a year to get designs finalized because the parish wanted him to include enough green space. After going through six redesigns, the only hiccup remains the removal of a telephone pole that resides in the location.

“It’s taken almost a year to get everything approved and we finally got a building designed that has enough green space,” Flanagan said. “I am still waiting to remove the telephone pole because they told me it would cost $20,000.”

The strip mall will consist of six bays that will each be 1,250-square-feet. Parking will be available both in the front and the rear of the building and there will be room for 60 parking spaces.

While that strip mall hasn’t yet broken ground, another is finally coming to fruition. The Boutte Shopping Center, which is located off of Highway 90 between Wal-Mart and A Storage Inn, officially broke ground in December and is scheduled to be completed in July. So far, Sicily’s Pizza, Wireless from AT&T, Advance America, Nail Salon, Cato, Shoe Show and It’s Fashion have all leased areas in the 33,340-square-foot shopping complex.

There are five spots still available for lease.

“We are definitely working on getting a few more stores in there,” Johnny Neff, of the Spectra Group Inc., said.

Neff says that after the building is completed, the Spectra Group, which owns the center, would turn it over to each individual retailer. It then usually takes 60 to 90 days for those retailers to open.

Spectra has developed similar retail centers all over the country, including Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Oregon and Texas.

Break down of the confirmed businesses in the center along with square footage, which is subject to change by the time the shopping area is completed.

Shoe Show (6,000 square-feet): Founded in 1960, this store has continued to grow with stores named Shoe Department and Burlington Shoes. Currently, Shoe Show has 1,078 locations in 36 states. Carries brands such as Adidas, Fila, Keds, New Balance, and KSwiss for boys, girls, women and men.

Wireless from AT&T (1,400 square-feet): Formerly Cingular Wireless, is the largest wireless company in the United States with more than 65 million subscribers.
It’s Fashion (3,200 square-feet): A value priced fashion retailer offering the latest styles. Carries junior-inspired fashion apparel, outfits, shoes and accessories for juniors, junior plus, young men and boys. Sizes from 8 to 20 for boys and 7 to 16 for girls. There are more than 200 It’s Fashion stores in 14 states.

Advance America (1,400 square-feet): One of the nation’s leading payday advance companies with 3,000 centers in 37 states.

Nail Salon (1,050 square-feet)

Cato (4,500 square-feet): A leading specialty retailer of women’s fashions and accessories that offers high quality fashions at low prices.

Sicily’s Pizza (5,530 square-feet): Known for their gourmet pizza, Sicily’s Pizza also carries sandwiches, desserts, pastas, buffalo wings and calzones. Customers can also order their pizzas online.

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