A new shopping center is nearing completion at the northwest corner of Old Conroe Road and FM 1488, bringing a number of restaurants and businesses to the area this fall.

The Marcel Town Center, which has been developed by The Marcel Group, first broke ground in November of last year. The shopping center is approximately 70,000 square feet with room for over 400 parking spaces, according to The Marcel Group CEO Vernon Marcel Veldekens. The development will include a total of six buildings: four for restaurant space and two for retail space.

Fourteen tenants have been confirmed to date:

  • Citizens Grill-An American fare restaurant

  • An Italian restaurant (not yet named)

  • World's Burgers-A burger eatery

  • Noe's Crepes Coffee & Tea

  • Malibu Nails-A nail salon

  • Apricot Lane- A women's fashion boutique

  • Tapped-A craft beer bar and kitchen

  • Hobbit's Hole- a comic book and gaming store

  • Doctor Polo- a dentist

  • Script Pharmacy- a locally-owned pharmacy

  • Delta Life Fitness-a women-only gym

  • A hair salon (not yet named)

  • Office Evolutions-a coworking space

  • Goldwater Mortgage-a lending service

The development company is slated to have at least 75 percent of the shops within the Marcel Town Center ready to open by Oct. 1, with the remaining 25 percent ready in early 2019. Veldekens said he hopes this concept of having a mix of different types of spaces will add to the area and bring a different kind of shopping experience to those who visit.

“The concept that we’re doing is what we’re calling ‘town center concepts,’” he said. “It’s not really a lifestyle center, and it’s not exactly your typical shopping center or your typical office building. We’re kind of a hybrid, and we’re trying to do things in the community that is going to be different from what everyone else is doing.”

*Editor's note: The list of confirmed tenants has been revised to include Noe's Crepes Coffee & Tea.