A renovated shopping center is bringing groceries and more to a Dallas neighborhood with few retail options.
Torre Vista Plaza now features El Rio Grande Supermarket, a full-service grocery, a dental clinic, restaurants, clothing store, beauty and spa services and more at the corner of Lake June and Masters roads in Pleasant Grove.
“It’s a very diverse community, and that was one of the attractions, because a broad range of businesses have an opportunity to be successful out here, just given a good place to come do business,” said Syd Hurley, with the developer, Vista Property Company.
The $12 million project came with an investment of more than $1 million from the city of Dallas.
City leaders attended a dedication ceremony at the shopping center Thursday.
“When the city of Dallas says, 'How do you make development in this area?' -- it's private-public partnership,” said Councilman Tennell Atkins.
A Winn Dixie store once anchored the shopping center, but it closed years ago.
Since then, the center had decayed and become mostly abandoned, neighbors said.
Christina Cardona, who has run an insurance office in the shopping center for 18 years, said she was ready to give up on the place the last few years.
“(There were) so many times that I just said, ‘Do I send the next check for the rent? Do I do this?’ I thought, 'This is going to be over here soon.'”
Cardona said the renovated shopping center has saved her business but also helped the neighborhood.
“People are proud of coming and shopping here,” Cardona said.
“This shows that if developers will have faith in the community, the community will respond,” said Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill.