Although Walmart has yet to announce its opening date, the shopping center will open the first part of August

by: COURTESY OF GRAMOR DEVELOPMENT - Barry Cain, president of Gramor Development, stands in front of what will soon be Chipotle Mexican Grill. Plans are to begin opening the complex in August. Halfway through the construction process, work on the new Parkway Village at Sherwood is progressing at a steady clip with most businesses expected to be up and running by late summer, according to the project’s developer.

The site will be home to a 150,000-square-foot Walmart superstore with the remaining 46,500-square feet slated for restaurants, service retailers, medical service providers and possibly a bank for the project valued at more than $50 million.

“It’s going really well,” said Barry Cain, president of Gramor Development, who along with Langer Family LLC, own the shopping complex. “We’re going to be opening our buildings the first part of August.”

He said some cooperative weather has helped in a complex that architecturally will have numerous similarities to the Wilsonville Fred Meyer complex.

Cain, who has run the Tualatin-based Gramor Development since 1985, said he’s been pleased working with Walmart.

“They’re great to deal with; no complaints as all,” said Cain.

Not that the announcement last may that Walmart was coming was heralded by everyone in the Sherwood community with many protesting the location of the chain in the city.

Walmart officials have said they have plans to open in late summer but haven’t set a grand opening date. In addition, no store hours have yet been set. A retail ordinance committee had suggested banning most retail businesses from remaining open from 1 to 5 a.m. but the Sherwood City Council declined sending the issue to voters.

So far, seven tenants have leased space in the complex including a drive-through Starbucks, Pacific Dental, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, the UPS Store and Vivid Nails. (Pacific Dental is not affiliated with Pacific Family Dental, which is already operating on Hadley Street in Sherwood, and the new dental facility is expected to open under a different name.)

Then recently it was announced that Chipotle Mexican Grill will open in the complex as well, locating directly across from Sleep Country just to the right of the soon-to-be-built arched entrance along Langer Farms Parkway. On the left of that arched entrance will be the Starbucks, Cain said.

by: COURTESY OF GRAMOR DEVELOPMENT - Chipotle Mexican Grill plans on locating in the Parkway Village at Sherwood complex, where Walmart will be the anchor store. The national chain will open in the space marked 'coffee' in this illustration, just to the right of the main archway here on Langer Farms Parkway. Meanwhile, the Starbucks will open just to the left of the arch, which is directly across the street from Sleep Country USA. Two freestanding buildings, most likely restaurants (one 3,500 square feet, the other 10,000 square feet), will be built northwest of the Walmart building, Gramor officials say.

Cain said plans are to soon build a water feature off of Langer Farms Parkway at Century Drive. The archway will be constructed soon as well.

Meanwhile, the shopping complex site is expected to have environmental enhancements that include a four-acre wetland project and a regional storm water runoff facility.

Walmart will dominate Phase 1 of Parkway Village at Sherwood with no secondary large anchor planned for the project, which sits on 20 acres and will have up to 25 businesses. The adjacent Phase 2 of the development will include 25 acres consisting of 250,000 square feet for retail and service businesses. No timeline has been set for Phase 2.

Once completed, the entire development could bring a total of 600 new jobs, say Gramor officials.

Meanwhile, Cain said Gramor will pave the extension of Langer Farms Parkway as it crosses Tualatin-Sherwood Road, heads north, and connects alongside the entrance to Home Depot at Highway 99W.

“It’s all going to be completed when we open,” Cain said of the Langer Farms Parkway extension.

In addition, a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Langer Farms Parkway and Tualatin-Sherwood Road. Also, Century Drive will extend to the back of Walmart before hooking up with Tualatin-Sherwood Road.

Gramor quick facts

The privately-held, Tualatin-based company has been around since 1985, building more than 55 developments that comprise more than 3 million square feet. Gramor developments include Sherwood Market Center, Progress Ridge TownSquare, Murray Scholls Town Center, West Linn Central Village and Lake Oswego’s A Street Station and Lake View Village, as well as numerous locations in Washington.

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