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November 30 , 2005

Construction begins on Arlington shopping center

November 30th, 2005 - Sandra Zaragoza Staff Writer Construction began this week on the $100 million Arlington Highlands Shopping Center in Arlington. The project will include 910,000 square feet of retail space, making it the largest non-mall retail shopping center in Dallas-Fort Worth once completed. Several retailers already have committed to the project, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Studio Movie Grill, Gloria's, Fish City Grill, Mi Cocina, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Broyhill, Ulta, PetSmart and others. "The development takes the form of a unique hybrid center, combining the elements of both a power center, comprised of big-box tenants, with those of a lifestyle center, made up of specialty retailers and restaurants amidst a city park and pedestrian-oriented plaza," said David Wilson, president of Connected Development Services, the development arm of Dallas-based The Retail Connection, the real estate services and investment firm behind the project. The property, north of Interstate 20 and east of Matlock Road, ultimately will accommodate more than 75 retailers, most of them new to the D-FW market. The first phase of the project is expected to generate more than $200 million in annual sales, more than $7 million in annual tax revenue and spur the creation of more than 1,000 new jobs for the city, said Steven A. Lieberman, The Retail Connection's CEO. "The retailers have been highly engaged in the design and mix of the project and have played an active role in this collaborative effort ... the development provides the city of Arlington with an exceptional mix of shopping, dining and entertainment concepts," Lieberman said.
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