Ikea Launched Grand Prairie's Shopping District in a Cotton Field. Now, It's Blossoming

The old adage of build it and they will come is being proven out in Grand Prairie as another layer of development opens this spring in what used to be a 170-acre cotton field.Grand Prairie's new shopping and entertainment district along Highway 161 north of Interstate 20 is sprouting the first phase of a 500,000 square foot retail center called Epic Towne Crossing.It's named for the city park district's Epic Waters Indoor Water Park that opened in 2018 and was preceded in late 2017 by a 290,000 square foot IKEA home furnishings store.The lone IKEA at the southwest corner of Mayfield Road and Highway 161, also known as the President George Bush Turnpike, now has some company on the northwest corner. Epic Towne Crossing, which is a project of Dallas-based Weber & Co., has several stores opening now through early May.A more direct competitor for IKEA will be California-based retailer Living Spaces which has leased a warehouse vacated by Restoration Hardware. Last year, it opened stores in Pflugerville, north of Austin, and in San Antonio with distribution centers attached. In Grand Prairie, the Living Spaces store will open in May in 175,000 square feet and the rest of the 855,000-square-foot distribution center will be used for warehouse and fulfillment. The plan is to eventually use 6,500 square feet for a restaurant.  Continue reading...

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