Aboretum Village _ almost finished

Construction at Arboretum Village at Gaston-Garland-Grand is almost complete. Although the project still has a little ways to go, some of the tenants — namely Fresh Market, Petsmart and Ace Hardware — hope to open next month.

Lincoln Property’s executive vice president Robert Dozier said, during a meeting the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce, that Fresh Market — the 100,000-square-foot retail center that’s anchoring the center — will open in mid-November. It’ll be followed shortly by Petsmart and Ace Hardware.

Thus far, we know of six secured tenant for the new shopping center:

Lincoln Property Co. met with neighbors in 2012 to talk about its plans to demolish and reconstruct the shopping center at Gaston-Garland-Grand. At the time, Lincoln said they were negotiating a lease with Starbucks for a building in the southwest corner.

The Fresh Market was the first to sign on. Then Ace Hardware confirmed it would transplant from its previous location in Lakewood Shopping Center to Arboretum Village.

In September, Luke’s Locker said it would receive a large stand-alone building at the center of the shopping center.

Digg’s Taco Shop became the fifth company to sign on with Lincoln, and owner Joey Milan says Digg’s will be roomies with Starbucks in a building that will be built near the corner of Gaston and Garland. Starbucks will get about 1,800 square feet of the building, and Digg’s will get about 2,200 square feet, Milan says.

Lastly, the national pet store giant PetSmart signed on to a 15,397 square-feet space next to Fresh Market.

Dozier said during the meeting that they’re talking with a couple other restaurants.

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