Restaurant, specialty shoes and craft beer shops among additions

The new Rocket Fizz Candy Shop and Soda Pop is the most recent addition among eight new tenants at Progress Ridge TownSquare, the 325,000-square-foot family entertainment, restaurant and shopping destination center at Southwest Barrows Road and Horizon Boulevard that opened in summer 2010.

Totaling 12,155 square feet of new leases, the businesses have either opened, are set to open soon, or have space under construction and plan to open doors within the next few months. With 94 percent of the center leased, 19,508 square feet remain available at the center.

Kristin Allen, co-owner of Rocket Fizz — a retro-themed shop the Valley Times profiled last week that features sodas, candy, novelty signs and vintage concert photos — says she and her business partner Lori Joel didn’t spend much time looking elsewhere to locate their fun-based new business.

“Lori and I both have children who are at Progress Ridge TownSquare all the time. We shop here and eat here and, so when it came time to decide where to locate our new franchise, we wanted it to be at Progress Ridge,” she says. “It’s part of our community. We love all of the stores going in and love having all these resources close by.”

Here are the newest businesses, their opening date and leased-space total:

n Rocket Fizz Candy and Soda Pop Shop — June 28; 1,856 square feet

n Pho Nam Vietnamese Noodle — now open; 1,474 square feet

n New Image Laser Hair Removal — June 3; 1,016 square feet and opened June 3

n When the Shoe Fits, a specialty comfort shoe store — June 1; 1,628 square feet

n General Nutrition Center (GNC) — May 18; 1,375 square feet

n Ankle and Foot Centers of Oregon — April 7; 1,016 square feet.

n The Growlerie, a specialty shop offering more than 30 craft beers and ciders on tap, for tasting and to take home — opening September; 1,290 square feet

n Nikki Sushi and Steak — under construction; 2,500 square feet

 “This is a reflection of an improving economy,” says Barry Cain, president of Gramor Development, or the recent flurry of activity. “Leasing is staying very strong for us and we’re seeing increased activity. We also know this is a popular, prime center in a strong location demographically. Retailers are choosing to be here.”

The proximity of the 20-acre, $100 million, mixed-use center to affluent neighborhoods likely plays a role in its rapid growth.

“I would describe Progress Ridge TownSquare as an upscale, fancy, new-car smell type center,” says Alan O’Hara, who owns When the Shoe Fits with his wife, Amy. “It’s a fantastic place and a perfect match for the type of higher-end customer we’re looking to attract. We also like being next door to New Seasons Market.”

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