Regal Entertainment Group plans a 14-screen movie theater in The Trails Town Center, a large shopping center being developed in Benbrook by Fort Worth-based Buxton Co.
Thursday's announcement is the first for the planned 1.5-million-square-foot open-air regional center that was announced nearly a year ago. The center is expected to create 6,250 jobs and generate $375 million in annual sales.
Regal said the theater will include the Regal Premium Experience: RPX large-format screen. The company did not disclose when construction will start.
"We are impressed with the plans laid out for The Trails Town Center," Russ Nunley, Regal's vice president of marketing and communications, said in a statement. "We are looking forward to being part of the new project and are proud to be the first major tenant announced."
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Tom Buxton, chairman of Buxton Co., said additional tenant announcements are expected in the next couple of months.
Buxton Co. is under contract to buy 193 acres at the southeast corner of Interstate 20 and Winscott Road for the center. The project was announced in July, with plans to have some construction under way this summer and stores opening in 2013. The Western-themed shopping center will stretch 11/2 miles along the south side of I-20.
This is Buxton's first development since it started a real estate division about five years ago. The company primarily advises on site selection.
The Trails Town Center is expected to draw shoppers from as far away as Abilene, Waco and Midland-Odessa, Buxton said.
Regal Entertainment Group, based in Knoxville, Tenn., operates 6,580 screens at 522 theaters.
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