Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that a private developer, not the Hutto EDC, is in talks with the national grocery chain.

The Cottonwood Properties, a 250-acre tract of land north of Hwy. 79 in Hutto, could soon be home to several retail projects, including a potential grocery store.
The site was formerly slated to house an $800 million development from baseball scouting company Perfect Game, but since the project fell through in 2021, the Hutto Economic Development Corp. has been working to acquire the land and clear it for new development.

According to a May 11 news release, in recent months a private developer has been engaged in talks with a national grocery store chain concerning development at the site.

No deals have yet been approved for the site, but officials said they hope to start finalizing deals late this summer.

To that end, representatives from the city and the EDC will attend a national convention hosted by the International Council of Shopping Centers from May 21-23.
At the convention, representatives will talk with an array of shopping, dining and grocery businesses about potential development at the Cottonwood Properties, after which the EDC board of directors will vet any proposals from retailers.
“We can’t wait to showcase potential development projects for the Cottonwood Properties at ICSC,” Hutto EDC Board Chairman Don Carlson said in the release. “We are confident the market is ready for Hutto to strategically grow its retail offerings.”