Like a slumbering giant gaining consciousness, the Mesa Riverview shopping center is quickly coming alive.
“We’re seeing huge momentum right now,” said Joanie Flatt, a spokeswoman for Riverview developer De Rito Partners Development. “I think Riverview is clearly going to be the place to stop on your way in to Mesa.”
Flatt said the opening of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World this month was a major catalyst that spurred the recent surge of store openings during May and June. So far, Petco, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Home Depot and Joann Fabrics and Crafts are among the businesses that have opened at the center, which is located near the loops 101 and 202 interchange.
“Most of the retailers wanted to open close to the Bass opening because they knew what kind of traffic that would generate,” she said.
Other businesses set to open soon include Subway, Radio Shack, GNC and Jamba Juice.
“I think that they’re doing great,” said Mesa Councilman Mike Whalen. “It’s what we had hoped for.” Whalen fought for passage of a referendum facilitating development of Riverview. Mesa residents voted in 2005 to rebate about $80 million in sales tax revenue to Riverview’s developers, Kimco Developers and De Rito Partners Development.
Whalen said officials should notice an immediate impact from the development’s opening in the city’s next sales tax report.
“It looks like the parking lots are full,” he said.
Other developments for Riverview and the nearby area that are in the works include car dealerships, a four-story Hyatt Place, offices and the Waveyard, a proposed water park.
Milt Fort, director of sales and marketing for the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau, which advocated the passage of the Riverview referendum, said he’s pleased with the pace of progress at Riverview.
“Things seem to be popping,” he said.
Mesa Riverview Stores opening in July
• Sally Beauty
• Great Clips
• Radio Shack
• Wine Expressions
Stores opening in August
• Rich Aroma Coffee Co.
• Johnny Rockets
• Taco Time
• Samurai Sam’s
• Famous Footwear
• Famous Dave’s