DALLAS, TX (News release) - The Retail Connection, L.P., announced it will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony along with key officials from the city of Benton, Kroger, and the media on Friday, July 18th, at 8 a.m. to kick off the construction of the shopping center and a 123,000 SF Kroger Marketplace. The 250,000 SF shopping center to be named Hurricane Creek Village is located at the Northeast quadrant of I-30 and Alcoa Road in Benton, Arkansas. The center will also include a 62,000 SF Academy Sports.
“We are thrilled to be breaking ground on this exciting development with an industry-leading anchor such as Kroger Marketplace,” said Daniel Fuller, Executive Vice President of Dallas-based The Retail Connection. “The Retail Connection has now made two major investments in Central Arkansas, and with this addition, Kroger will have five Kroger Marketplace stores in Arkansas, along with 29 traditional Kroger grocery stores across the state, so it certainly shows the strong commitment each of our companies have to the region,” he stated.
The Hurricane Creek Village Kroger Marketplace will be an exceptionally attractive and large store with features such as cut fruit/veggie bar, organic and natural foods, cheese shop, sushi, Starbucks coffee shop, service deli, meat and seafood, Fred Meyer Jewelry, a double drive-thru pharmacy, apparel section, and pet and baby sections. The location will also include a nine pump fuel station with diesel. The store should bring approximately 250 jobs to the area.
“Kroger continues to invest in the Arkansas Market and we are excited to be bringing yet another dynamic store to Hurricane Creek Village,” said Tim Brown, President of Kroger’s Delta Division. “Everyone at Kroger believes in building strong local ties and brand loyalty with our customers, and we are looking forward to doing that again with our new Marketplace store in Benton,” he stated.
Hurricane Creek Village will construct approximately 17,000 square feet of shop space in Phase I of the project, with a total of approximately 50,000 square feet of shop space at completion, in addition to the anchors and pad sites. The Retail Connection plans to announce more retail stores who are currently signing on to the new center in the next couple of months. There are eight pad sites available on the outer perimeter of the center. A Summer 2015 completion date is planned.
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