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Arney Retail Center, proposed for south of the outlet mall, will feature T.J. Maxx, Red Robin and Panera Bread


by: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - The site formerly occupied by Siamak's Car Company will be rebuilt as a new retail center anchored by T.J. Maxx, Red Robin and Panera Bread.A proposed retail development planned for just south of Woodburn Premium Outlets will bring a new department store and two new restaurants to the area, it was revealed last week.

The three-building, 40,000-square-foot commercial project is being constructed, and will be owned and managed once complete, by Deacon Development Group, which also served as the general contractor for all four phases of the outlet mall’s construction and expansion.

Last week, Pete Snook, principal and representative of Deacon, confirmed that the new commercial development — christened “Arney Retail Center” — will be anchored by a T.J. Maxx department store, and will also feature a Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and a Panera Bread.

Owned by TJX Companies, which also owns Marshalls and HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx is a department store chain that offers men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and shoes, along with handbags, accessories and home products.

Red Robin is a Greenwood Village, Colo.-based chain of casual dining restaurants known for its specialty burgers. Panera Bread is a St. Louis, Mo.-based chain of bakery-café that offers soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods.

When completed, the Woodburn locations will be the only Red Robin or Panera along the Interstate-5 corridor between Keizer and Wilsonville.

“The reason we chose them is because we think they fit with both the community needs and the needs of the shoppers at the outlet stores,” Snook said of the anchor businesses. “They serve the needs of the whole community that aren’t available in Woodburn now.”

Even with the T.J. Maxx and the two restaurants, the new retail center will still have about 7,000 square feet of commercial space that will be available for other tenants, Snook said.

To make way for the new development will require the removal of the only structure currently on the property, a commercial building most recently occupied by Siamak’s Car Company. Siamak’s has since relocated to 2908 Market St. N.E. in Salem.

Pending approval of the developer’s plans by the city of Woodburn, Snook said demolition could be as early as August, with construction starting later that same month.

“We hope to have the stores open in early spring of 2015,” Snook said.

He said Deacon representatives have appeared before the Woodburn Planning Commission and expect to have their project reviewed by the City Council in June.

“It took two years to get here, but now it’s moving at a pretty rapid pace,” he said of the project.

The development is being undertaken in conjunction with the continued construction of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s I-5 Interchange Project.

That will include the realignment of the adjacent, southernmost portion of Arney Road, which is now underway.




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