Work begins on east-side retail center

first_imgAt 522,760 square feet of retail space, the Palmdale Gateway is being touted as the east side’s largest retail center. The two largest tenants will be the Target store, at 172,815 square feet, and the 107,000-square-foot Home Depot. “It’s welcomed,” said Don Hoperich, an east-side resident. “We’ve always had at least an eight-mile drive to the mall. This is so convenient.” Hopkins said he could not identify any other tenants, citing ongoing negotiations. He did say the second phase would include a restaurant and two fairly large retail stores. At build-out, the center is expected to employ more than 1,000. In addition to the Hopkins project, three others are proposed for the Avenue R intersection: a center anchored by a Rite Aid drug store on the southeast corner; a Vallarta supermarket on the northeast corner; and a small center with a Tom’s hamburger restaurant on the southwest corner. Along the 47th Street corridor at Avenue S, a shopping center is under construction that will add more than 63,000 square feet of retail and office space when complete. That project will include a Chili’s restaurant, a Starbucks and a Subway sandwich shop. Mayor Jim Ledford said the retail development focus will be on the city’s east side as developers realize there is growing demand. “This will go a long way in meeting that demand,” Ledford said. “More’s coming.” [email protected] (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – SuperTarget, PetSmart and Staples will be among the stores in the first phase of what will be the east side’s largest shopping center. These first stores at Palmdale Gateway are slated to be completed by Oct.14. A second phase, which will include a Home Depot, will be finished in spring 2008, Brian Hopkins, vice president and director of development for Hopkins Real Estate Group, said at Wednesday morning’s groundbreaking ceremony. The project is one of several that, if realized, would turn 47th Street East into a major retail corridor much in the same manner as 10th Street West is on Palmdale’s west side. “The whole 47th Street corridor is really popping,” Hopkins said. “Now there’s enough people to support retail on the east side of town.” last_img read more

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