May 04 , 2007

I-20 area transforming into shopaholic heaven

I-20 area transforming into shopaholic heaven


Friday, May. 04, 2007 - By ANDREA JARES

That big field at Matlock Road and Interstate 20 is now home to one of the industry's hottest shopping-center concepts.

With a wave of recent openings, Arlington Highlands now sports 30 stores at its "lifestyle center," an open-air design that combines big-box retailers with smaller merchants and encourages shoppers to walk from store to store. By the time it is completed, the center is expected to have more than 110 stores with more than 800,000 square feet of space, according to The Retail Connection, the center's developer. This includes Arlington Highlands East, which will break ground this year.

On Saturday, organizers will stop to celebrate with a grand-opening party from 1 to 9 p.m. The day includes fireworks, samples from local restaurants and a lineup of bands that includes KC and the Sunshine Band.