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Denver-based restaurateur Robert Thompson is about to make a big investment in Deep Ellum. Big as in 23,000 sq. ft., on a block with neighboring shops measuring a fraction of that. Big as in 200 workers and an estimated $5 million in development costs.
Dallas-Fort Worth is about to add 3 million square feet of new retail real estate this year — or the equivalent of almost 30 small Walmart Supercenters. D-FW ended 2017 with 197.9 million square feet of retail space in 1,417 shopping centers.
Dallas luxury will be fully represented when Manhattan's Hudson Yards opens its shopping district next year. Dallas-based retailer Forty Five Ten will open a 16,000-SF store in March 2019. Neiman Marcus is anchoring the retail portion of Hudson Yards.
Jeanine Stevens wants to showcase the sweet side of Dallas. In 2012, she put on her entrepreneurial hat and founded Dallas by Chocolate Tours, focusing on chocolate-themed businesses with a side of Dallas history.