By Mason Lipman • firstname.lastname@example.org
Wake Forest Crossing, the shopping center located off of Capital Boulevard near Stadium Drive, is nearly finished undergoing its second phase of construction. Wake Forest Crossing II, as it is called, brings Ross, TJ Maxx, Michael’s, and PetCo, plus other stores to town. The shopping center is also the site of Lowe’s Foods and Kohl’s.
Despite the fact that Ross, Rack Room Shoes, Kirkland’s, and Michael’s have now opened and are doing well, according to Weingarten Realty’s leasing executive Jimmy Conder, there is still a large amount of construction going on in order to complete Phase II. The current construction is focused on the Shops A building, which will hold PetCo, Beverly Nails, Orange Theory Fitness, East Coast Wings and is currently home to Rack Room, Kirkland’s and Michael’s. The Shops B building is located in the parking lot between Ross and Just Tires and is complete, though the tenant, Massage Envy, has not completed construction of its space.
“We expect most of the tenants being open by the end of the year, as far as the Shops A and B (building) tenants. It could go into the first quarter (of 2016) depending on timing,” Conder said.
Construction on the outparcel buildings 9, 10, and 11 has yet to begin.
Condor said the Outparcel 9 building, which has exposure along Capital Boulevard, should draw national restaurant chains as tenants.
“Outparcel 9 building (is what) we’re really excited about at this point – 16,000 square feet along Capital Boulevard. It’s got excellent exposure to over 40,000 cars per day, will have ample parking, and that’s where we are planning on putting several restaurant tenants,” Conder said.
He predicted that the Outparcel 9 building will be complete within the next 12 months. This building will have outdoor seating, restaurants, and will be a place for shoppers and residents in Wake Forest to congregate.
Weingarten Realty, the company in charge of leasing the land and constructing the shell buildings, is excited about completion of the project and the creation of a location where residents of Wake Forest and Rolesville can do most of their shopping.
“I think that what this center does is provide true retail destinations with a great combination of tenants, including (sellers of) soft goods (clothing, other fabrics, footwear, cosmetics, etc.),” Conder said. “We’ve had reports of shoppers coming all the way from Henderson down here. “Between Falls Lake and this center, there’s no shopping, so this is where people will come to get their shopping done without having to go all the way into Raleigh.”
Additional information about the construction, including the site plan, can be found at weingarten.com.