Back in May, Yoga Collective’s departure from the Garden Oaks Shopping Center on North Shepherd — in conjunction with the announcement German chain ALDI was moving in — signaled big changes; and that work is now underway.
Motorists driving by the strip center have been greeted by construction cones and fencing, along with the pounding of cranes and a whole strip of the lot marked off; but impressive things are on the horizon. Hartman Management, who owns the property, says the work is related to sprucing up the storefront in conjunction with multiple new tenants in addition to ALDI – which Hartman just announced will open in 2019.
Additionally, the company is remodeling the entire center along with the new facade and adding more square footage to accommodate ALDI’s arrival in 2019.
“This all really came together with the new tenants,” Hartman Management CEO Al Hartman said. “With ALDI coming in, we definitely needed to increase square footage of the center, and to do that we would need to add on to the building itself – then we decided to spruce up the façade so it matches everything else.
National stores have their own brands, and we wanted [the Garden Oaks Shopping Center] to fit that as well.”
In September 2016, Hartman Management told The Leader that the company was not concerned about the vacancies, as they had plans to remodel the entire center while expanding the tenant mix – and the company has made good on that promise.
Along with a new pad for ALDI, which purchased 17,000 square feet at the northern end of the property, the company is adding on 12,000 square feet of space for some big-time movers. According to Hartman, Lifesavers 24-hour Emergency Room – currently sporting just one location in Tomball – will occupy 6,300 square feet on the lot, while national brand spot Dollar Tree has purchased a pad site for 4,300 square feet.
And with neighborhood streets beginning just across the way near two signalized intersections — Garden Oaks Blvd. on the North and W. 38th St. on the South – Hartman hopes to extend its resident convenience even further with the new tenants.
“We want to put businesses in there that people want and need,” the company said in May.
According to Hartman, there is no firm date for completion of work, as such a confirmation is contingent upon the smooth move-in of new tenants – which remains up in the air. However, the company did say the exterior work should be completed in the third quarter of this year.