Grand Parkway Town Center

New retail, restaurant space to span 600,000 square feet

Grand Parkway Town CenterAfter the site was cleared in the fall, the newest large-scale shopping area in Tomball will break ground in mid-2016.

The 63-acre Grand Parkway Town Center, which will be located at the southwest corner of Hwy. 249 and the Grand Parkway, will feature about 600,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space across about 15 pad sites.

Sam’s Club was the first tenant announced for the NewQuest Properties development in mid-2015. The estimated 136,000-square-foot building is projected to open later this year or in early 2017, NewQuest Properties Vice President Brad Elmore said.

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City staff seeks to court new retailers

Study to identify dining, shopping options

City staff seeks to court new retailersThis summer two new restaurants—Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Pie Five Pizza—will join multiple restaurants along Hwy. 29 and I-35 near a planned Natural Grocers location, which is expected to open in late 2016. However, as the city’s population continues to grow, city leaders say residents continue to talk to them about the need for more restaurants, retail shops and grocery stores.

“We get a lot of feedback from the community about what people would like to see [in terms of additional retail],” City Manager David Morgan said. “[Residents want] more grocery stores in different locations … and more sit-down restaurants.”

In January the city issued a request for proposals from retail marketing consultants to complete a market analysis and retail-positioning strategy to be used for economic development, Morgan said. The study would look at a broad range of retail and dining establishments, from general retail and specialty stores to small and large big-box retailers and restaurants. The study is expected to take about 12 months and could begin in May.

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