FARMINGTON -- The development pace at Station Park has picked up, with new stores coming online on almost a weekly basis and Phase 1 of the project scheduled for completion by Thanksgiving.
"You can expect to see even more new names as we continue to build our exciting retail center," said Fred Bruning, chief executive officer of CenterCal Properties, the project developer.
CenterCal is one of only five retail development joint venture partners of the California State Teachers Retirement System.
Last week, Home Goods, Marshalls and ULTA Cosmetics opened stores in the $250 million development on the city's west side. Bruning said Sally Beauty Supply, Famous Footwear and Chase Bank are expected to open in September. He also said Tilly's, a surf and skate clothing retailer, is expected to open its first store in Utah in October.
Bruning described Phase 1 as the development's power center. Phase 1 involves 425,000 square feet of space, including Harmons and other retail establishments around the perimeter of the project.
At the center of the project will be the village and lifestyle center. Work on that phase began earlier this year.
Several other key elements are expected to begin soon. One is a park located on the southern end in front of the Cinemark Theatre Complex, which will include a $2 million foundation with animation, music, dancing waters and even fog, designed by the company that built the fountains in front of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and the water fountain at Disneyland.
Bordering the park in front of the theater will be a number of restaurants with retractable weatherproof glass walls, which can offer outdoor dining in good weather and a clear view of the park in poorer conditions. Hand-picked mature trees have already been planted.
Restaurants are expected to make up a good portion of the mix of commercial retailers at Station Park, and Bruning said Johnny Rockets, a company he described as an upscale burger restaurant, locally owned Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, ParkStone-Wood Kitchen & Bar, and a sushi restaurant will be moving into space in front of the theater complex.