July 16, 2004
Residents who didn’t want a Wal-Mart in their neighborhood are pleased that two stores will be the major tenants of a new commercial center in southeast Chandler.
Vestar Development will announce today that Henry’s Marketplace and Stein Mart will split the major tenant space at Las Tiendas Village on the northeast corner of Alma School and Queen Creek roads, according to sources close to the company.
Neighbors became angry and confused in February when the developer posted a sign showing a Wal-Mart Marketplace would be the major tenant after promising "upscale" retail.
After neighbors threatened to boycott the shopping center, the city brought the developer and neighbors together to work out a tenant mix everyone could live with.
"We’re very happy with how the process went and are very excited about the announcement that will be made tomorrow," said Chris Stage, one of the neighbors who worked with the developer on the tenant mix.
"The residents here realize that the only reason we have been able to participate in this process was because of all of the neighbors from the area who got involved and helped."
Henry’s Marketplace is a 60-year-old Southern California grocery chain that was purchased in 1999 by Wild Oats Markets.
The specialty grocer sells fresh produce, all-natural meats, and has a large section devoted to vitamins, dietary supplements and all-natural body care products.
Henry’s has locations in northeast Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Gilbert. A second Gilbert location is planned for 2005 and four more stores are planned for the West Valley.
Stein Mart is a chain of department stores selling designer and high-end women’s, men’s and children’s brand-name clothing, jewelry, accessories, home furnishings and gifts at discounted prices. The company has stores in Scottsdale, Gilbert, Tempe and Ahwatukee Foothills.