In a meeting with Wynnewood Village shopping center’s new owners last week, neighbors mentioned some of the retailers they want.
You could probably guess them: Trader Joe’s, H-E-B and Target ranked highly.
Matthew Ryan of Brixmor Property group said the company, which owns Wynnewood Village, has developed some of Target’s new mini-store concepts. Mini Targets comprise about 50,000 square feet, compared to about 120,000 square feet for a typical Target store.
Minnesota-based Target has said that it’s planning to open 130 smaller stores in the United States by the end of the year, including one at Preston Center. But Brixmor says that Target still has some things to figure out with the smaller concept stores and that so far, they’ve built them only in college towns.
A new cinema and a fitness center are planned for the shopping center, which originally was built in the 1940s, and a big-box store such as a typical Target wouldn’t fit.
H-E-B’s closest store is in Waxahachie, and the San Antonio-based grocer has not announced any plans to open any stores in Dallas, although H-E-B-owned Central Market bought land in the Bishop Arts area last year.
The existing grocers in Wynnewood are El Rio Grande supermarket and Kroger. Brixmor, which owns more than 500 shopping centers, is Kroger’s largest landlord. So the company does plan to use that leverage in asking Kroger to improve the Wynnewood store.