Hollywood Video, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and CiCi’s Pizza are among the first tenants moving into The Broadway Shops, the retail center being built by the Forum Development Group on East Broadway near U.S. 63.
The owners of the Forum Development Group announced Thursday that leases with 11 merchants had been signed for space inside the new 85,000-square foot center. The 11 stores will occupy about 45 percent of the center’s available space.
The Broadway Shops will have a marketplace theme and consist of two separate buildings, both of which will have two floors of retail space, said Jay Lindner, co-owner of the group.
“This will not be like an ordinary strip mall,” he said.
Lindner co-owns the Forum Development Group with his brother Scott and father José.
“Filling the space is going faster than we anticipated,” José Lindner said. “We’ll be pleased if we can fill the rest of the center in 18 months.”
Construction of the first building is expected to be completed in August. Hollywood Video, along with Game Crazy, Hollywood Video’s sister company, will move in at that time.
The second building is scheduled to be completed in October.
Applebee’s, which will sit apart from the two buildings, will be completed by winter.
The land on which the center sits used to belong to Roy Trimble, who died in 1995. It was originally used to raise Angus cattle.
Development of The Broadway Shops also has coincided with the city’s plans to widen Broadway between Old 63 and Brickton Road. That construction will now include removing the stoplight at Brickton Road and moving it to the intersection of Broadway and Trimble Road.
Bidding for the Broadway project is expected to begin in October.