PALMDALE – Signifying another major step toward completion of the Rancho Vista Specific Plan, which was approved by the City of Palmdale in 1986, RY Properties, Inc. announced Tuesday that construction is underway at the Rancho Vista Town Center.
The property located at the intersection of Rancho Vista Blvd. and Town Center Drive in West Palmdale will feature two prominent brands to anchor the center, a national coffeehouse with a drive thru and a Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store.
“We are delighted to see construction underway for this long-planned retail center,” stated Palmdale Mayor James C. Ledford. “When Gregg Anderson created the vision for the Rancho Vista Specific Plan more than 20 years ago, he saw a high-quality, walkable community with neighborhood amenities so residents could live, shop and recreate there.”
The land that the retail center is located upon has been zoned for this particular use, including a grocery store, since 1986.
In addition to the national coffeehouse with a drive thru, the center will be anchored by a full-service grocery store, Walmart Neighborhood Market. The Neighborhood Market is a traditional grocery store and will be approximately 40,000 square feet, comparable in size to nearby grocers.
The new store will feature a wide variety of products and services, including organic produce, meats and dairy products, frozen foods, dry goods and staples, cleaning products, pet supplies, a pharmacy, and health and beauty products.
Although this is the first such store in the Antelope Valley, Walmart Neighborhood Markets are already established throughout the state in communities such as Simi Valley, Huntington Beach, Rancho Cucamonga and Rancho Santa Margarita. The new store will bring about 65 new jobs to the community, plus construction jobs.
According to the developer of the project, other tenants that are currently being pursued are a financial institution, a sit-down family restaurant and other retail services to round out the center. In all, the goal of the project is to provide neighborhood convenience to Rancho Vista.
“As the Rancho Vista community continues to grow along with surrounding neighborhoods in West Palmdale, so too does the need for neighborhood retail increase,” stated Greg Quan, Development Manager of R.Y. Properties, developer of the retail center. “We are targeting a mix of high-quality retailers to offer neighborhood convenience to the area. We’ve worked hard to reach out to the neighborhood to ensure that the services offered meet their needs.”
With construction and tenant attraction efforts fully underway a grand opening of the center is anticipated for later this year.
(Information via press release from CB Richard Ellis | Brokerage Services and RY Properties, Inc.)