Midtowne Little Rock Marks Grand Opening, Retailers Open Doors

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Oct. 16, 2006 4:02 pm  

Retailers Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma opened doors on Monday in Arkansas for the first time, part of the grand opening of Midtowne Little Rock, an upscale, open-air shopping center.
The shopping center, at Markham Street and University Avenue across from Park Plaza Mall, was developed by Strode Property Co. of Dallas. It includes 130,000 SF of gross leasable area over 10.5 acres and is home to 14 apparel, accessory, home furnishings, children's wear and outdoor living stores.
In addition to anchors Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma, Midtowne Little Rock features Ann Taylor Loft, The Bombay Co., Lewis & Clark Outfitters and Evolve. Restaurants include Gramercy Square and Pei Wei Asian Cuisine.
"This project has been a long time in the making, and we are thrilled to finally open the doors and welcome the community to join us," said Jim Strode, owner of Strode Property Co. "The central Arkansas community has been so helpful to our work throughout the life of this project. We truly hope that this property is something area residents can embrace, appreciate and enjoy for many, many years to come."
Strode developed the property, and Irwin Partners assisted with the brokerage process for the land. CDI Inc. of Little Rock was the project's contractor.
Not all stores have opened yet. Lewis & Clark Outfitters is set to open in November. Gramercy Square restaurant plans to begin serving in December. Wild Oats Market will unveil its 27,000-SF home in early 2007, making it Midtowne's largest tenant.



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