Grocery store headed to WestBend shopping center in Fort Worth

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A high-end grocery store will go on the first floor of a four-story building planned for the WestBend shopping center and office development on University Drive.

Fort Worth-based Trademark Property Co., the developer of the office, retail and restaurant project just south of Interstate 30 and across from University Park Village, said this week that it plans a 76,500-square-foot building and has a “newly signed anchor” for the 20,000-square-foot first level. The top three levels will have office space.

Michael Bennett with Bennett Benner in Fort Worth, the project’s architect, told the Zoning Commission when it approved a change to the development’s plan Wednesday that a grocery store will go into the building. He did not name the grocer, and Trademark officials said Thursday that they agreed not to disclose the tenant’s name.

The four-story building will be at the back of the development, along the Trinity River, adjoined by an 80-space parking lot that the grocer required, Bennett said.

Initially, WestBend’s plans called for a 135-room Hyatt Place hotel above a level of retail space at the site.

Trademark said it is also putting a 7,500-square-foot retail building in the center of the property. The two new buildings will complete the 278,000-square-foot project, the company said. Construction is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2014 and be completed in spring 2015, Trademark said.

In 2012, Trademark completed a parking garage that had sat unfinished for 21/2 years. Construction of the seven-story, 798-space garage started in 2008 but stopped in January 2009. Trademark halted the entire development in the economic downturn. But in 2010, it completed a 5,200-square-foot building leased to Zoe’s Kitchen and Smashburger.

WestBend also includes the Silver Fox restaurant and the 120,000-square-foot River Plaza office building. In 2008, Trademark joined RP Partners of Fort Worth, owner of River Plaza at 1701 River Run, and other investors on the project.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST

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