Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Shoppes of Edge-O-Lake begins second section

Restaurants, businesses open in street-level units, and more space and residences to follow By SUZANNE NORMAND BLACKWOOD • Staff Writer (Tennessean) • July 9, 2008 MURFREESBORO PIKE — The visibility, access and connectivity at the Shoppes of Edge-O-Lake are "every developer's dream," said project developer Mark Marshall. The street-level units are something Marshall Development has touted in marketing the mixed-use development since its inception. Also, said Marshall, "Not only do we have great visibility, we're building these buildings like you would see in Brentwood or Cool Springs. We're using higher-end products — stone, brick." Tenants that have moved into the first phase of the center are Images Salon/Barber Shop; Fish Wings & Thangs; Subway; Automation Personnel Services, Inc.; and Tennessee Urgent Care Associates. "So far, I think this is a good location," said Tunecia Johnson, manager of Fish, Wings & Thangs. "I'm still growing, of course. Every day I get new customers." Customers continue to find out about the restaurant, said Johnson, adding visibility from Murfreesboro Pike is good. "I can only see the business expanding." An O'Reilly Auto Parts store will soon be opening next door on an out parcel. "We sold that last year, said Jenny Pollard, Realtor for Marshall Real Estate Properties and leasing manager for the center. "We have two more outparcels for sale." Space is being built now in a second section of the development that will include a Chinese restaurant and a Greek gyros shop, as well as office and retail space. Pollard said those businesses would likely be ready to open in the fall. Phase 2 of the development, expected to begin later this year, will include 35 single-family homes that will be behind O'Reilly Auto Parts off Dover Glen Drive. They will be all-brick and between 1,500 and 1,800 square feet. Phase 2 also will consist of a convenient store and a 40,000-square-foot retail center that will include office and medical space. Pollard said Marshall Development would soon be installing signage out front to further publicize the existing portion of the development. "It's gone really well," she said about the marketing of the development.

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