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GILBERT, AZ-A major push is underway to bring a regional mall and a power center to a fast-growing town southeast of Phoenix in a move that will add more than 1.5 million sf of retail space to the junction of Williams Field Road and the planned SanTan Freeway.

“This is huge for Gilbert,” Doreen Cott, a business development specialist with the town tells GlobeSt.com. “The businesses that will locate there will bring substantial tax revenue into the town.” That infusion of revenue, however, remains in the distant future.

The Gilbert Crossroads Mall, a one-million-sf regional shopping center planned for a 600-acre site is still years away. Westcor Development, which will build the mall, is still formulating the plans with construction scheduled for sometime after the freeway is completed in 2006, Cott said.

But construction on a power center to be built near that interchange is scheduled to begin in mid-2003 with completion scheduled in spring 2004. That power center, which also will be developed by Westcor, will be the site of a 206,000-sf Wal-Mart Supercenter and a 135,000-sf Sam’s Club, the town’s senior planner, Jim Cronk tells GlobeSt.com. That first phase of the development also will include a multi-screen Harkins theater.

“A lot of this development is timed to coincide with the opening of the freeway,” said Cronk, adding that the town also is expecting to add two new Kohl’s stores and a Target within the next few years.

Cott said the new retail centers are much needed in this fast growing community which has been growing by 800 to 1,000 new residents every month with about 3,600 new home starts annually.

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