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Timberland Town Center to welcome first tenants


Market of Choice likely to open on Barnes Road by 2015

Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Gramor Development CEO Barry Cain stands in front of where Ava Roasteria will be located at the Timberland Town Center development on Northwest Barnes Road.Right now, it’s all building shells, rumbling trucks and dust. But by January 2015, when a Market of Choice grocery and a bevy of retail tenants open their doors, Timberland Town Center will be a likely contender for the commercial crown jewel of the Cedar Mill area.

Work on the 90,000-square-foot retail center is well underway on the former Teufel Nursery Inc. site between Northwest Barnes and Cornell roads at 118th Avenue.

Market of Choice, a smaller version of speciality food markets such as New Seasons, will occupy a 40,000-square-foot building at the corner of Barnes and 118th. Remaining space in five other buildings is set to accommodate about 30 retail, restaurant and professional service tenants.

About 80 percent of the center is leased to tenants including Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, Kukai Ramen restaurant, a 2,360-square-foot Zucari Home & Garden, Clutch Sausage Co., Gentle Dental, Mud Bay natural pet food store, H&R Block, B’Tan Sun Studio and La Belle Nail Salon, each of which committed to 1,400-square-foot spaces.

Beaverton-based Ava Roasteria will open its third area coffeehouse in a 2,000-square-foot space near the center of the complex. The popular coffeehouse and gathering place also has signed a lease with Gramor Development’s Kruse Village near Lake Oswego.

Barry Cain, president of Gramor, which also helmed the thriving Progress Ridge Town Center in South Beaverton, said Timberland will show its first signs of retail life this fall, when a handful of tenants should be ready to open doors.

“Our goal is to have it fully leased by the time it’s opened,” he said on a recent tour of the project. “And the way it’s going, that’s a realistic goal. We’ll see a few things open in late October and early November.”

The 8-acre site is part of a larger, nearly 100-acre Timberland Master Plan that will include 1,100 units of nearby housing — about 800 units of which are now complete — a new middle school and a community garden area. The town center will feature a public plaza and a pedestrian walkway that connects to 3 miles of walking trails designed to integrate into local Cedar Mill, Cornell and Saltzman neighborhoods.

“This has been a growth area for some time,” Cain noted. “What appeals to people here is it’s in between downtown (Portland) and what’s going on in Hillsboro. You might have one (family member) working downtown and another out there, and they can meet in between” to eat and shop.

He called Eugene-based Market of Choice, which features conventional as well as natural foods, an ideal fit for the location.

“This is what this area wanted,” Cain said, noting the available space isn’t large enough for some other natural foods markets. “There’s a New Seasons over at Cedar Hills Crossing, but for the most part, people don’t cross freeways to go to the grocery store. To have a (Market of Choice) in the neighborhood is perfect. If you’re looking for a grocer that offers high quality, organic merchandise that’s close to where people live ... It’s a place you can go to for dinner — it’s that nice.”

Shana Alles, Gramor’s leasing agent, said she and her colleagues are scrutinizing popular businesses in the Portland area that haven’t made their way to the Westside.

“We’re looking at who’s in the Pearl (District) who’s not in the ’burbs,” she said. “There are also tenants in the Sellwood area and Northeast Portland looking to expand.”

Cain anticipates shoppers being impressed by Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, a Boulder, Colo.-based business that combines elements of a conventional pharmacy with holistic and naturopathic remedies and services, including naturopathic doctors, nutritionists and herbalists.

“It’s an upper-end pharmacy,” Cain explained. “There aren’t many around.”

He also teased what he called a “pretty good sized, higher end” restaurant planned for Timberland, whose name he’s not ready to divulge while in the negotiating process.

“It will be great for the area,” he said.

As opposed to a few years ago, when Progress Ridge was taking shape, economic conditions in the retail sector appear to be moving upward in tandem with Timberland’s six buildings.

“There are a lot more people looking to expand than before,” he said. “There’s a good, strong market right now. I can’t complain.”

For leasing information at Timberland, visit gramor.com.