It doesn’t look like much yet, but two retail stores were torn down to make way for restaurants with outdoor patios in what Shops at Norterra is billing as an “entertainment and dining district.” Some 44,500 square feet of space—equal to 1 acre—is being converted.
“We noticed a need in the neighborhood to repurpose existing retail buildings and create a more communal, social area for eating, drinking and gathering in a well-designed, welcoming space,” said Scott Rehorn, a partner at RED Development.
The new spaces aren’t yet occupied. One large open-fronted area will be a covered patio, said project spokesperson Jan Bracamonte. Tenants are expected to be announced later this year, she said.
Other new tenants in the center include Braidy Jewelers, which moved from Anthem, and Beauty District Salon Suites, where hair styling almost takes a back seat to the coffee, TVs and free Wi-Fi. Also new: KC’s Burning Aromas, which sells essential oils and aromatherapy diffusers.
Coming later this year: Shasta Pools showroom, As You Wish pottery painting place and Koi Poke (pronounced POH-keh), which serves a traditional Hawaiian dish of seasoned raw fish.