Construction at the site of the Baker Katz shopping center in Brenham is proceeding on schedule.
Baker Katz co-founder Kenneth Katz said work is progressing nicely at the development, located on 35 acres of land at the intersection of Highway 290 and Chappell Hill Street. He believes construction of the first phase of the project is on track to wrap up by the end of this year or early next. The first stores are planned to open in the spring.
So far, six businesses have been confirmed for the shopping center, and Katz said there is still a lot of interest from other prospective tenants.
Marshalls, Hobby Lobby, PetSmart, Burkes Outlet and Five Below were officially revealed as retailers coming to the center at a groundbreaking ceremony in March. Since then, Aspen Dental has completed a lease and will move into the standalone building near the front of the development. While Rack Room Shoes was listed on the City of Brenham’s building permit list for August, Katz said that lease has not yet been finalized.
Katz said his firm has received a lot of good feedback from the public about the stores confirmed thus far.
According to Katz, in addition to the buildings in the back of the center, the development has another eight or nine pad sites available for freestanding businesses or buildings with multiple users. The multi-tenant building at the corner closest to the Highway 290-Chappell Hill Street intersection can accommodate another five or six retail and restaurant groups.