Ten stores will open on land being cleared at Central Texas Marketplace, with at least two — JoAnn Fabric & Craft and Bed Bath & Beyond — reportedly relocating from elsewhere in Waco.
That is according to building permits issued by the city of Waco and information provided by the local office of the Associated General Contractors of America.
Land clearing continues on two sites at the shopping center, located at Interstate 35 and State Highway 6, including an area right across Marketplace Drive from the Cabela’s outdoors store and adjacent to the Twin Peaks sports bar, which also is under construction.
This site will accommodate seven new stores, according to the AGC newsletter.
Representatives of the owner of the parcel, BVMC-Waco, would not comment on the stores projected to locate there.
“At the appropriate time we will be willing to share relevant information on this project,” spokesman Doug Lacy said in an email.
Meanwhile, building permits have been issued to Georgia-based Ordner Construction for foundation work at 4633 S. Jack Kultgen Expressway, an area between Office Depot and Cabela’s. This reportedly would accommodate JoAnn Fabric & Craft, Bed Bath & Beyond and Cost Plus/World Market.
San Francisco-based World Market, which has nearly 260 locations nationwide, sells an array of housewares that includes furniture, seasonal merchandise, entertaining and kitchen items, specialty foods and drinks and “inspirations and solutions,” according to its website.
JoAnn Fabric & Craft since 1995 has occupied about 15,000 square feet in the Bosque Plaza shopping center near Bosque Boulevard and New Road.
Area JoAnn Fabric & Craft personnel declined to comment Friday about the relocation and calls to the corporate office were not returned.
Meanwhile, Lacy, with BVMC-Waco, again declined to comment, saying for now the only information available is that “which is a matter of public record.”
The AGC newsletter said the city of Waco issued a building permit for site work related to construction of a new JoAnn’s at Central Texas Marketplace.
Bed Bath & Beyond now occupies space between Ross and Marshalls at the marketplace, but it reportedly will have new neighbors when the changes take place.
The manager of Waco’s Bed Bath & Beyond referred comment to corporate headquarters, which did not return inquires.
The arrival of new retailers continues a trend of growth at Central Texas Marketplace, where Cabela’s opened its 42,000-square-foot Outpost store in October; Dallas-based Twin Peaks is constructing a new sports bar; and the Gap clothing retailer will occupy the former Books-a-Million building, relocating from Richland Mall.
Old Navy also relocated from Richland Mall to the marketplace, whose first stores opened in 2003. Richland Mall opened in 1980.
Dallas-based Emerald Waco Investments is clearing 30 acres next to Central Texas Marketplace and across Bagby Avenue from Cottonwood Creek Golf Course for construction of a senior-living complex that will include a retail component, according to Mark Matise, a partner in the venture.
Ground clearing, meanwhile, is underway for Spicewood Apartments, a $16 million project at Legends Crossing, an upscale mixed-use development across West Loop 340 from Central Texas Marketplace.
Its first phase is scheduled to open in 10 months and build-out is expected to be completed in 16 months.