On the border of Leander and Georgetown, the 177,000-square-foot Bar W Marketplace shopping center continues to bring new retail and restaurants to the growing area. Once fully built out, the shopping center will have more than 30 businesses.

The gist

Developers began eyeing the land near the intersection of Hwy. 29 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard in 2007, said Milo Burdette, vice president of development at Barshop & Oles Company.

"It's the spot where Leander and Georgetown and Liberty Hill were all kind of growing at once, and it felt like there was going to be a lot of people and not many retail services," Burdette said.

Barshop & Oles Company purchased the land in 2017, and once H-E-B signed on, the developers broke ground on construction in 2019.

The H-E-B was the first business to open in the shopping center in November 2021.

Milo said the property is now 96% leased out, but several businesses are still preparing to open within the next year.

What's new?

Here's a few Bar W Marketplace businesses that have opened in 2023:

Orangetheory Fitness

At Orangetheory Fitness, gymgoers will have the opportunity to participate in workouts, such as rowing, cardio and strength training.Torchy's Tacos

Torchy’s Tacos is a casual Mexican restaurant that offers a variety of breakfast and lunch tacos among other selections, such as green chile queso, margaritas and churros.What's next?

Casa Garcia

The Mexican restaurant has been in the Austin area for nearly 25 years, and its menu includes burritos, tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and seafood.Chase Bank

Operating in several states nationwide, Chase Bank specializes in a range of services, including personal banking, credit cards, auto financing, mortgages, investment advice and small-business loans.
  • Opening in November or December
  • No address announced yet
  • www.chase.com

The Chili’s will serve fajitas, burgers, steaks, pasta, chicken, quesadillas and desserts.Tomilson's

Austin-based pet store Tomlinson's Feed carries food, treats, toys, supplements and supplies for cats and dogs. The pet store also offers services that include dental clinics, lost pet microchip scans and a self-serve pet wash.Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Operating multiple states, Tropical Smoothie Cafe specializes in smoothies and offers various food options, such as flatbreads, wraps, sandwiches, quesadillas and salads.Whataburger

Whataburger is a Texas-based fast food restaurant chain selling burgers, chicken sandwiches, breakfast food, salads, milkshakes and desserts such as apple pies. This location will be the second in Leander.Looking ahead

Burdette said the success of Bar W Marketplace has lead them to continue looking at nearby areas for new commercial developments.