Marcel Boulevard shopping center taking shape

Tenants are anticipated to begin opening in April within Marcel Boulevard, a shopping and dining center within Grand Central Park. (Maegan Kirby/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tenants are anticipated to begin opening in April within Marcel Boulevard, a shopping and dining center within Grand Central Park. (Maegan Kirby/Community Impact Newspaper)

Tenants are anticipated to begin opening in April within Marcel Boulevard, a shopping and dining center within Grand Central Park. (Maegan Kirby/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Tenants are anticipated to begin opening in April within Marcel Boulevard, a shopping and dining center within Grand Central Park.
Marcel Boulevard, a shopping and dining center within the master-planned community Grand Central Park at I-45 South and Grand Central Parkway in Conroe, is beginning to take shape with 10 tenants confirmed and more leasing space still available, according to Bernard Kaplan of Kaplan Public Relations.

The shopping and office center features 68,160 square feet of restaurant and retail space, 32,400 square feet of executive office space, and special event and entertainment areas.

Kaplan said restaurants will include family-friendly sports bar Perfect Round as well as Mezze#1 Mediterranean Eatery and Bar, Camilla’s Mexican Restaurant and Voodoo Grille, which offers Cajun and Creole-inspired cuisine.

Other tenants include office tenants Apex Suites and Edward Jones as well as salon suites and F45 Fitness.

Owner Kris Bilbrey said Strategic Mind Games will open May 15, offering the experience of both buying and playing tabletop and board games in store.


Julie Tran, owner of Malibu Nails and Spa, which is anticipated to open in May, said she believes Marcel Boulevard being in a fast-growing area near lots of homes will bring customers to new businesses at Marcel Boulevard.

“Slowly businesses are starting, but it hasn’t really boomed quite yet. But I know, probably in the future, [Marcel Boulevard] is going to be a pretty good location,” Tran said in an interview.

Kaplan said Grand Central Park is 63% complete with residential development with about 960 homes and 1,800 residents. There are three parks planned as well with the first opening this spring as well as townhomes by Lennar, which add variety to the residential offerings.

“The townhome product has done very well, both among buyers who are first-time homeowners as well as active empty nesters that are downsizing and want a smaller footprint of a home but want all of the luxury and amenities and features that they had in their larger family home,” Kaplan said in an interview.

Danielle Scheiner, executive director of the Conroe Economic Development Council, said CEDC officials are excited about Marcel Boulevard bringing in more businesses and being walking distance from residences, which she expects will spur developer interest.

“Having the walkability available [at Grand Central Park] with Marcel [Boulevard] to have offices ... and restaurants and entertainment, ... that is all going to help spur additional development in that area,” Scheiner said in an interview.
By Maegan Kirby

Reporter, xxConroe/Montgomery

Maegan joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in January 2022 after graduating with a degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. Maegan covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in Conroe and Montgomery. Prior to CI, Maegan was a life and arts reporter for The Daily Texan at The University of Texas at Austin and an associate producer on the Darkness podcast.