Just what Sherwood's next large box store will be, is anyone's guess but one source says footprint looks just like Wilsonville Fred Meyer complex

by: RAY PITZ - FUTURE HOME - A 145,000-square-foot anchor store is planned for Langer Farms Parkway. A recent Sherwood Planning Commission meeting regarding final approval of site was continued until Nov. 6.Walmart, Fred Meyer or none of the above?

Sherwood’s next big box store at the corner of Tualatin-Sherwood Road and stretching along Langer Farms Parkway could be a Walmart or Fred Meyer. Or it could be a Costco, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods or a WinCo Foods. While everyone is speculating about what the new 145,000-square-foot anchor store could be, Matt Langer, a representative for Langer Family LLC, is keeping mum.

“I’m not going to confirm or deny any of them,” he said recently. “We’re not required to.”

However, Langer, who also is a member of the Sherwood City Council, promised once the application for the family’s retail project is approved, “we’ll announce the tenants as soon as we can.”

He said one of the issues is there’s “nothing in writing” regarding any specific anchor store signing on for the shopping complex, which is expected to span 189,000 square feet of commercial space and will include six additional buildings.

“All the big outfits are interested in Sherwood,” Langer pointed out, mentioning the previous box stores as an example.

Under consideration is a 19.7-acre retail project that will stretch from Tualatin-Sherwood Road to Century Lane along the east side of Langer Farms Parkway. In addition to an anchor, 20 or more other stores could be added to the mix, said Langer.

On Oct. 23, the Sherwood Planning Commission had planned to continue its hearing on whether to approve a site plan and a conditional use permit for that project. However, new information submitted regarding traffic studies for similar shopping complexes was submitted and the commission reopened the record to accept the testimony.

That record will remain open until Oct. 30 with the Planning Commission meeting again on Nov. 6 to consider the proposal.The developer of Langer’s Sherwood project is Gramor Development headed by Barry Cain. Gramor developed both the Langer Shopping Plaza(where

Target is located) and the Albertson’s complex.

The same developer also built Progress Ridge TownSquare in Beaverton and the new Fred Meyer store in the Wilsonville Town Center.

Meanwhile, one source who is familiar with the Langer project, pointed out that architectural renderings of the proposed Sherwood complex are nearly identical to Gramor’s Wilsonville Fred Meyer store.

At any rate, Fred Meyer seems serious about a store somewhere in Sherwood.

City planners have said Fred Meyer representatives previously submitted a pre-application — and talked with city staff — about the possible construction of a 110,000-square-foot store in back of the Providence Medical Group clinic located at Highway 99W and Edy Road.

Sound confusing?

It is.

Large chain stores often wait until the last minute to announce new locations or planned openings. That includes Kohl’s department store, which is expected to open this spring at the former G.I. Joe’s site even though Kohl’s officials have declined to confirm a Sherwood location.

“At any given time, sites such as this one may be in stages of the assessment or development process,” said Maggie Lund, public relations coordinator for Kohl’s, whose corporate headquarters are in Wisconsin. “In general, we announce official grand openings two times a year — in spring and in fall and we have a consistent policy of not confirming until closer to a grand opening date.”

In a separate action, the Langer family is in the process of partitioning 55 acres (of which the 19.7 acres is a part of) that will stretch along Langer Farms Parkway to the back end of the Bilet Products Company near Oregon Street. The plan is to create seven separate tax lots and will provide another 25 acres for future retail development.

Initially approved by planning staff and upheld after being appealed to the Planning Commission, the partitioning project has now been appealed to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals by Sherwood resident Jim Claus.

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