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Clearfork to become the NorthPark of Fort Worth?

The Neiman Marcus under construction at the Shops at Clearfork is expected to open on Feb. 10, 2017. The Ridgmar store is expected to close in late January.
The Neiman Marcus under construction at the Shops at Clearfork is expected to open on Feb. 10, 2017. The Ridgmar store is expected to close in late January. Star-Telegram

The Shops at Clearfork, anchored by Neiman Marcus, is shaping up to become Fort Worth’s most upscale retail destination, attracting tenants such as Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton along with a wealth of new restaurants, a luxury movie theater, even a bowling and bocce bistro.

The open-air, mixed-use development under construction in southwest Fort Worth has tentative commitments from stores such as Burberry, Tiffany, Tory Burch and Louis Vuitton, among others that currently only have Metroplex locations at NorthPark Center or the Galleria in Dallas, according to a lease plan.

Among the restaurants on the menu at Clearfork are B&B Butchers & Restaurant, a Houston steakhouse that is one of only nine restaurants in the country that serves certified Kobe beef, and Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, a fast-expanding Chicago-based eatery that focuses on locally sourced, healthful dishes.

Rise No. 1, a popular Dallas souffle spot, is also planning to open in Clearfork, along with Malai Kitchen, a critically acclaimed Vietnamese-Thai fusion restaurant with locations in Dallas’ West Village and Southlake.

In addition to dining and shopping, a premium movie theater is expected to be part of the entertainment mix, along with Pinstripes, an upscale bowling and bocce concept. The Chicago-based entertainment and dining venue, which also plans a location in Frisco’s Wade Park, features an Italian and American menu to go along with 16 bowling lanes, 10 bocce courts, and gelato.

Neiman Marcus, which is relocating from the Ridgmar Mall, appears well on its way to its planned Feb. 10 opening — the store’s signage is already visible from the nearby Chisholm Trail Parkway. The rest of the stores and restaurants are aiming for a September 2017 opening, according to developer Simon Property Group’s website.

Clearfork is a 270-acre development on the Edwards Ranch property between Hulen Street and Bryant Irvin Road that also includes residential and office space. The Kelton at Clearfork, which opened in November, has 392 units and is 50 percent occupied, according to property manager Ginger Schmidt.

Several of the apartments and townhomes (ranging in price from $1,100 to $4,625 per month) face the construction, but she says many residents were drawn to the area because of its proximity to the Trinity River and because they want to be part of the growth of Clearfork “from beginning to end.”

Schmidt says the level of luxury retailers expected to open at Clearfork means Fort Worth residents “won’t have to drive to NorthPark or Southlake Town Square” to shop.

They also won’t have to drive far to get to Fort Worth’s first Whole Foods Market, which opened earlier this month across Bryant Irvin in another mixed-use development called Waterside. Sur Le Table and REI, plus restaurants Taco Diner, Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza and Tokyo Joe’s are among some of the new options that are already open in Waterside.

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