Filling up 425,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space in these days of store closings sounds pretty hard.
But the person with that exact assignment at Plano’s Legacy West says the project is coming together like he’s "dreamed about it for two-and-a-half years." Mark Masinter of Open Realty has been leasing the development and expects the center to be about 90 percent full by November. Some stores are already open including West Elm, Shake Shack and Fabletics.
"We’ve been so careful with the merchandising plan," he said. "There are four or five companies that are still on a dream list, but we’re working on it." Masinter said he’s been competing for tenants with other nearby developments in the works including Wade Park in Frisco, Grandscape in The Colony and the redevelopment of the Shops at Willow Bend.
Legacy West has snagged J. Crew from the Shops at Willow Bend. It will also have only the second Madewell in the market. Madewell is also owned by J. Crew and it’s having more success lately as than J. Crew stores. Both J.Crew and Madewell will open in September. Around that time, M.A.C and Levis will also open in the center. While Levis has outlet stores in the state, this one will be the first in Texas for its current full-line store, Masinter said.
Specialty food store Dean & DeLuca, long rumored to be coming to Texas, will open its first in the market probably in October, he said. It will be 9,489 and Masinter expects it will be similar to the Soho store in Manhattan. It will have prepared foods, groceries, gifts and some kitchen gadgets.
Another first to the market is the Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar and Store which is scheduled to open in August in 5,200 square feet with a 250-seat restaurant and bar with a large covered patio. The company said the space will have options for private parties. The restaurant’s menu will include recipes being developed now for the Plano location plus signature dishes such as ahi tuna tacos and grilled baby back pork ribs.
While Tommy Bahama has three stores in Dallas, this will be only the second in Texas for its combination men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and home décor store with a restaurant under the same roof. The other one is in The Woodlands, near Houston. Tommy Bahama calls them island stores, because the ambiance represents the whole lifestyle brand.
Finally, Barnes & Noble is bringing a small store concept that serves wine and a limited food menu in September or October. That store will be 9,741 square feet, less than half the size of most Barnes & Noble stores in North Texas.