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McCandless Crossing shopping center nears capacity with latest additions

Tony LaRussa
| Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, 2:51 p.m.

Except for a few storefronts and a parcel of undeveloped land, the sprawling McCandless Crossing shopping center along McKnight Road is near capacity, according to the project's developer.

The latest addition to the mixed-use complex in McCandless — Paint Monkey, which features painting classes and parties — opened earlier this month, said Anna Dougherty, spokeswoman for AdVenture Development, based in Selma, N.C.

In October, a Texas Roadhouse steakhouse opened along with the independently owned Rue Boutique, which sells apparel for men and women, beauty products and home furnishings. Since the spring, a Deer Creek Winery outlet, the Gifted Hands Gift Shop, Burgatory, Chipotle and The Joint chiropractic center have been added to the mix.

Work also has started on an Emiliano's Mexican restaurant and construction plans are moving forward for a six-story Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott and a four-story office building that will be called McCandless Town Center.

“We only have three of the smaller retail spaces available and some property that could be developed for several buildings,” Dougherty said.

She estimated that the parcel might have room for a pair of 30,000-square-foot buildings or several smaller structures that could house restaurants and retail shops.

The 130-acre development, which was launched in 2009 and is the largest commercial development in McCandless, is located on the east and west sides of McKnight Road. It contains Cinemark movie theater, a Trader Joe's supermarket, Lowe's home improvement center, Ethan Allen furniture, LA Fitness, Dick's Sporting Goods as well as restaurants, banks, offices and townhouses.

“McCandless Crossing has exceeded our expectations,” Dougherty said. “Several of the national tenants have been performing at the top of their chains, and the community has really embraced it as a place to connect with others.”

To complete the mix, the developer would like to add an optical center, a children's clothing or toy store, a jeweler and a pizza restaurant for the west side of the center where Lowe's is located, Dougherty said.

The developer regularly talks to customers, merchants and neighbors in the surrounding area “to get ideas” about how things are progressing, Dougherty said, adding that town officials also played a significant role in helping to shape the project.

“All along we've tried to be conscious of the variety of businesses in McCandless Crossing to avoid duplication,” she said. “We want our tenants to succeed and thrive. To do that, we have to create an environment that is good for business and the community so people enjoy coming here.”

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or tlarussa@tribweb.com.

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