Posted Monday, Jun. 09, 2014

By Robert Cadwallader

The son of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is part of a project to build a 60,000-square-foot shopping center in northeast Mansfield that could include a specialty grocery store as its anchor, a developer and city officials said.

Construction could start “any day” on the 7.6-acre site in the southeast corner of Matlock Road and Debbie Lane, said Stacy McVey, a principal of Double Eagle Development, which is building the center.

McVey confirmed that a Dunkin’ Donuts shop would fill one of the 12 to 15 tenant spaces when the shopping center opens in the first quarter of next year. But he would not comment on widespread speculation that its 26,000-square-foot anchor would be a Sprouts Farmers Market.

“No names have been announced yet,” said Scott Welmaker, the city’s economic development director. “Hopefully we’ll get some names out of them fairly soon.”

The property is owned jointly by Stephen Jones, the Cowboys executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Joe Hickman, general manager of Blue Star Development Co., the real estate arm of the Jones family, McVey said.

Elsewhere in the city’s economic landscape:

Plans for the long-awaited Broad Street Bistro steak-and-seafood restaurant – expected to open this summer in a partly restored historic home on West Broad Street – have been scrapped, said owner Scott Ringnald.

Ringnald had teamed with Juan Rodriguez, the executive chef at the Reata Restaurant in Fort Worth, who said last fall he was setting out on his own to found the Bistro. He could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

“It really got down to,” Ringnald said, “was I was ready to pull the trigger, and I think Juan had trouble coming up with his portion of the funding. We just didn’t quite get there.”

Ringnald said he told the city that he would continue renovating the home to meet commercial standards, but now he’s waiting until he finds a new tenant before finishing out the finishing the work. He started the work last year after purchasing the 110-year-old Wright House at 302 W. Broad St.

“We don’t know who that is yet,” he said. “We’d like to keep the historic look, and it still could be a restaurant.”

Here are three other businesses planting stakes in Mansfield:

Panera Bread plans to build a bakery-café on U.S. 287, next to the IHOP in front of Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. The popular chain, founded in St. Louis, is known for its sandwiches, soups, salads and baked products. Welmaker said Panera has a construction permit approved by the city and has platted its lot, “but they haven’t picked up their permit and haven’t started construction.”

A new women’s workout program – Envie– recently opened its inaugural shop in Mansfield, filling Kegs and Corks’ vacated space at 2240 Matlock Road, near County Club Drive. A husband and wife who worked for a popular workout chain have started their own program, Welmaker said.

A Jason’s Deli sandwich shop will open soon in a shopping center at 1718 U.S. 287 North, where a tenant space is being remodeled, according to the city’s Facebook page.

Robert Cadwallader, 817-390-7641 Twitter: @Kaddmann
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