The Marketplace at South Mountain Set to Open in January
Construction at the southeast corner of 24th Street and Baseline Road is underway as workers create what will soon serve as the home to The Marketplace at South Mountain, which is scheduled to open in January.
The 21-acre development will be anchored by Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, the mega-retailer’s grocery store concept. At just under 40,000 square feet, the South Mountain village location will be much smaller than the 204,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter that opened in January at 35th and Southern avenues in Laveen.
The new store – according to the retailer’s Web site – will offer about 29,000 items, including fresh produce, deli foods, fresh meat and dairy items, health and beauty aids, one-hour photo and traditional photo developing services, a drive-through pharmacy, stationery and paper goods, pet supplies, and household chemicals.
Other national tenants confirmed include PETsMART, Ruby Tuesday, Chipotle, Quiznos and Jamba Juice.
On a local level, Laveen resident Melissa Stokka is opening the area’s first dance studio – Sundance Studios – at The Marketplace at South Mountain. The former Phoenix Suns dancer and Arizona Cardinals cheerleader said she always wanted a dance studio and the opportunity to open at 24th Street and Baseline Road proved too good to pass up.
“I’ve never seen an area so vacant as far as having a studio around,” she added.
Stokka, who also teaches junior high language arts in central Phoenix, has already begun taking names of people interested in dance classes on her Web site at www.sundancestudios.biz. Students at the studio will start as young as 3 years old and classes will include training for dancers who are preparing to perform professionally.
Kyle Scott, a spokesperson for Triyar, the developer for The Marketplace at South Mountain, said there are still a few spaces available, so additional tenants may sign on before the end of the year.
On the west side of 24th Street, Danny’s Family Car Wash is planning to open a location, but, according to Scott, construction isn’t likely to begin until early next year.
Triyar also owns property behind the existing commercial sites on the northeast corner of the 24th Street and Baseline Road intersection as well as the far southwest parcel adjacent to the Danny’s Family Car Wash site; however, design packages are still in progress and no dates for construction have been set.