With each day that passes, Winrock Town Center’s new massive steel structure for retail, visible from I-40 and from Louisiana Boulevard, grows a little taller and fills out more and more.
Winrock, which was once a vibrant indoor mall, is being reimagined as a power center, with some big brand names already signed on.
Winrock’s 950-space parking garage constructed by Jaynes Corp., the project’s general contractor, is well underway. On top of the parking structure are the steel shells for Nordstrom Rack, which will be a corner store, DSW, facing south, and ULTA Beauty, facing west. All three should be open by the fall, Sand said.
Then there’s the refreshed and relocated Sports Authority, which opened during the summer of last year, with building finishes that represent what the entire development will look like.
Next door to Sports Authority will be three other storefronts — T.J. Maxx, David’s Bridal and Famous Footwear. Hart Construction is busy with tenant improvements for T.J. Maxx, which has its facade almost complete.
“We’re starting to see the shape of the center. You can see now how that south elevation will blend in with the Sports Authority and have a tower element,” Sand said.
There’s two more large tenant spaces next to ULTA Beauty and DSW, too, though Sand said leases with other retailers haven’t been signed. Pegasus Retail is exclusively listing the property.
A pad site just south of BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is being built for Red Robin. Sand said Goodman Realty is just preparing the pad site, and Red Robin will build its own restaurant.
The interior of the existing mall still stands. A walkable “main street” will be constructed down the middle of the mall, with storefronts facing inward. Sand said some of the mall’s old structures will remain, while others will be demolished.
“We’d like to demolish the mall this year, but we don’t know. We have to finalize a few of the deals before we decided what we can do next,” Sand said.
It’s likely the development group will focus first on a small strip center of retail stores near Uptown Loop and Indian School Road, Sand said.
By: Stephanie Guzman (Albuquerque Business First)
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