Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 03/27/2012 11:53:49 AM PDT

UPLAND — The Colonies Crossroads shopping center in northeast in the city is about to get bigger.

Construction has started on the next phase of the center at Campus Avenue and 19th Street and some major retailers are already set to move in.

“Obviously, the economy had an impact on the last three or four years,” said Jeff Burum, co-managing partner of Colonies Partners LP. “This is a positive sign for the Inland Valley as a whole.”

The new phase, which is expected to open in spring 2013, will include Nordstrom Rack, Babies “R” Us and Toys “R” Us, T.J. Maxx as well as Tilly’s and G Stage clothing stores.

The center is currently at 95 percent occupancy.

Anchors will include a Target, Kohl’s, Albertsons and Home Depot.

Once the stores are open and shoppers are shopping, the city will see a gain in sales tax revenue, City Manager Stephen Dunn said.

“Well the biggest way we would benefit would be more sales tax dollars to the city,” Dunn said. “There’s signs of life in the economy and that’s a sign of life we desperately need.”

A long-awaited Arco gas station and AM/PM mini mart will open near the center by the end of the year.

The station will be at the corner of Campus Avenue and 20th Street just north of the 210 Freeway.

“What the gas station is going to help is all the local consumers,” Burum said.

“We get more requests from our friends and our neighbors when we’re going to open a gas station than anything.”

Dan Richards, Colonies Partners LP co-managing partner, said he believes the center will be one of the largest retail developments in Southern California.

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