Conway Chamber Previews Plans for Shopping Centers

by Lee Hogan  on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 9:51 pm  

The Conway Chamber of Commerce gave hundreds of local residents a glimpse into the future of the city, and two proposed retail projects that could shape it into a regional shopping hub.

Residents of Conway have already had their appetites whetted with the coming of Sam’s Club to the Lewis Crossing shopping center, which is being developed by Collett & Associates LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina

A site plan on display Tuesday night showed a 135,500-SF Sam’s Club that anchored the shopping center. David Elrod, a real estate agent for Collett, said Academy Sports, Ross Dress for Less, Bed Bath & Beyond, Petco, Ulta and Dollar Tree have signed leases at Lewis Crossing.

Elrod said talks are underway with several other stores, and added several restaurants are interested, as well.

As previously reported by Arkansas Business, a preliminary site plan also showed Altar’d State, Jos. A Banks, Chico’s, Forever 21 and Carter’s. The project could begin as early as this summer if the site plan review, replatting and building code review is completed. 

A spokesperson for Sam’s Club told Arkansas Business in May that the store hopes to open in Conway in early 2016.

Central Landing

Less than a mile away, the Conway Development Corp. and Jim Wilson & Associates LLC of Montgomery, Alabama, have dreams of redeveloping the 151-acre municipal airport of Conway into a 750,000-SF mixed-use development, dubbed Central Landing. The $100 million project is hoped to contain everything from shopping to restaurants, and housing and office space.

Jim Wilson III, chairman and CEO of the development company, announced Tuesday night that Dillard’s Inc. of Little Rock has signed a lease to come to Central Landing. 

Dillard's confirmed the news in a news release Wednesday morning that stated it would be the anchor for Central Landing's first phase, the Shoppes at Central Landing. The 250,000-SF center will feature a 100,000-SF Dillard's and more than 40 other stores and restaurants.

This will be Dillard's ninth location in its home state.

"Conway is an established community and we look forward to serving this growing market that already knows Dillard's as the hometown fashion destination," Bill Dillard II, CEO, said in the news release.



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