For the last ten years, construction has continued unabated at the Seasons of Tuxedo. IKEA opened up in 2012 and in 2017, the Outlet Collection mall opened. Ever since, it has been building every year.
Ten years ago there was no housing at all, but now, there are a few thousand units. In the background you can see a 55-plus apartment under construction. What has been missing to this point in a grocery and pharmacy. That all changes soon as Red River Co-Op Grocery nears completion.
Normally, you’ll see a number of grocery stores within driving distance of homes and apartments, but we have never seen a mall ensure housing was on the same property as we have seen with Seasons of Tuxedo. The Outlet Collection has housing directly across the street and the number of people living within walking distance of the doors increases every month.
In addition, hotels are right on the property such as Hyatt Place seen across from Red River Co-Op Grocery.
A great deal of work has been done to put trees and landscaping in. You can really see the difference in how the space has evolved over the last 10 years. Having just seen Unicity, the contrast is stark on what nearly no trees looks like.
The Cineplex Rec Room is right across from the Red River Co-Op Grocery as well. Like a lot of places, it has been in near shut down since it opened. It almost needs a re-opening to capture those early days.
We will keep our eyes on the grocery store as it gets ready for opening day. The surge of grocery stores being built, renovated and all the hiring has been a bright spot in the economy.
This has been a editorial by John Dobbin.
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