Growing up in Algiers in the 1970s, my very first job was scooping ice cream in Village Aurora Shopping Center. It was a bustling place, full of activity and home to hair salons, a book store, sporting goods store, boutiques and restaurants. It was beautifully landscaped with a little brook that ran through it and walking bridges to cross from one side to the other.
Over the years, the number of vacancies rose as several businesses started and failed in the location. Part of the center was demolished, leaving just green space, which is nice but it’s not very pretty.
Now, a Texas firm is investing $32 million dollars in Village Aurora for expansion and construction with the hopes of bringing the center back to life.
New tenants will include Ross Dress for Less, Petco and Burke’s Outlet. N3 CEO Bill McGuire said he expects to announce several additional tenants by the end of the month, as advanced negotiations are in progress with a restaurant and several general retail outlets, McGuire said.
The equity infusion will also result in renovations to the Winn-Dixie grocery store and PJ’s Coffee already on site.
It’s good to see someone having enough faith in Algiers to invest their money in bringing some new shops to the area. We’ll be watching the progress as the construction continues.