SCSQUARED halfBy Eric Heinz

Scott Burnham, CEO of Burnham USA, whose company has partnered with Kornwasser Shopping Center Properties, said the major businesses planned for the Avenida Estrella shopping plaza are on schedule to open in the first quarter of 2016.

“The city was great to work with, and they had a vested interest,” Burnham said. “Both being long-term owners, (Kornwasser and Burnham) had mutual objectives and interests in seeing this being a big improvement and an amenity to the area. We had to come together in hiring a single architect and contractor in joint venturing.”

The larger businesses that have committed to the Estrella Plaza are TJ Maxx, Sports Authority, Sprouts, SteinMart and ULTA Cosmetics, Burnham said.

“A tremendous amount of thought went into who and what we wanted in the center,” Burnham said. “We wanted to create a village atmosphere, and so there’s a rhyme and reason as to why each tenant was selected, a lot of synergy.”

Burnham said in the entire plaza there will be about 20 to 25 stores, some of which are already operational, and discussions with some of the smaller businesses planned to open in the center are still in the works.

Burnham said the businesses will most likely start hiring in the fall, but the dates of when they’ll fill positions is tentative.

“We would have loved to have tenants in the fall, but the redevelopments are a bit more challenging than straight developments,” Burnham said. “In each building there was a different circumstance and all the stars had to align.”

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