Two more nationwide, retail stores are opening in Mountain Grove at Citrus Plaza in the coming week, according to Thomas Cozzolino, vice president of development and acquisition for Majestic Realty, developer of the new, outdoor shopping plaza in Redlands.
And soon, a gaggle of popular restaurants may be in the mix, among them: The Habit Burger Grill, Bahama Buck’s Original Shaved Ice Company and MOD Pizza.
Lane Bryant’s grand opening event is Friday through Sunday, July 17-19. Tilly’s will crest the week of July 20.
“Ross Dress for Less will be delivering its new store at the end of July,” Cozzolino said, leaving one store in the L-shaped venue to come into view in the months ahead: Justice. The retail store that puts bling in the eyes of young trend-setters and parents looking to outfit their kids in the latest designs is expected to open on Sept. 8.
That leaves only one other store – Kirkland’s – to open in the first wave of the Mountain Grove shopping center project. The pad’s been poured for Kirkland’s construction to begin for an estimated opening in early 2016, Cozzolino said.
“The whole area is now becoming more of a dynamic, regional shopping district – especially with the number of soft goods and national retailers we have now,” Cozzolino said, adding that mall-goers will soon get to see a movie and grab a bite to eat.
Construction is in full swing at the Harkins Theatre complex, and so is the food court bay. The promenade linking Mountain Center to Citrus Plaza is already complete.
Cozzolino predicted the first set of films in the 16-screen venue will make their premiere in mid-December.
As the outer walls to Harkins Theater were set in place, Frazier Masonry project foreman Bruce Halverson of Moreno Valley called the construction project massive. He had more than a dozen concrete and masonry workers on the job. “Counting iron workers, plumbers and electricians, I’d say there are 75 to 80 people here today,” he said.
Restaurants are already cuing up: Habit Burger, Yogurtland, Bahama Buck’s and MOD Pizza could get spaces delivered as early as Sept. 1. Majestic was in negotiations with Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Waba Grill Teriyaki House, Cozzolino said.
Kyrie Jones of Redlands said she can’t wait for the restaurants to open. “I love it,” she said, as she pushed her baby past the stores. “It reminds me of Victoria Gardens. I can see this is going to be a convenient place to shop and walk with the kids.”
“When we’re done, we will have approximately 1 million square feet of commercial space out there,” Cozzolino said.
Nordstrom Rack, buy buy Baby, Hobby Lobby, T.J. Maxx and Homegoods were first on the scene. The Gap and Banana Republic Factory stores, and Old Navy, opened weeks ago. Ulta Beauty and Skechers held grand opening events days ago.
An all-mall grand opening is also being planned for some time before the holidays, Mountain Grove staff said.
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