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Old 08-17-2009, 12:56 PM
 
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We live in Sonoma Ranch, and I am amazed at the sheer amount of space for sale around here, much of it for commercial/retail enterprises.

In general, is anyone aware of what might be in the works for this area retail-wise, and the rest of the city? I heard that there will be a 3rd Sprawlmart at Rinconada (and Sonoma Ranch? not sure exactly where.) That would not be the retail I'd hope to see -- aren't 2 enough?
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:20 PM
 
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I would argue that if you went into one of the other two Wal-Marts, particularly after noon, you would think that another Wal-Mart is necessary. That being said, if Albertson's would lower their prices, you'd see more people shopping there, and the need for a third Wal-Mart would dissipate. As it stands, most people in this city can't afford to shop anywhere else, and that's a shame.

I spoke with a planner who was flying into Las Cruces, this was last year. We were coming in from Phoenix. He was telling me that by 2020, or by 2025, the plan is for there to be an I-125 extension, from around the Mesquite St exit, south of the I-25 merge, and for it to loop up through the edge of the Organ Mountains, and onto Rt 70, by the NASA/Baylor Canyon Rd exit. That new road is actually in the 10 year LC masterplan.
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:24 PM
 
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See this link for some idea of what is proposed in your area.

Alameda Ranch - Alameda Property Group
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Old 08-17-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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True, Mike, about Albertson's. While they have some decent sales, their regular prices on things is too high IMO. I went to Toucan Market today and got all natural meat at pretty decent prices compared to Albertson's (or Wallyword, for that matter.) And we went to Wallyworld yesterday at 4. For some reason I thought it would not be all that crowded. Yikes, was I wrong. I'll never go on a Sunday late afternoon again.

Ah, thanks Domino -- now I know what the "APG" signs stand for that are everywhere around here.
Boy, I'd love to see a Trader Joe's and a Whole Foods here, and some other options for clothing. And, a Dunkin' Donuts (sorry, couldn't help it.)
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:44 PM
 
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Sonoma Ranch and similar developments are fairly new and will be years in the making and maturing. There is a lot more residential and commercial land available than there is demand, for now.
That will change, of course. LC will continue to grow, though my personal hope is that infill and redevelopment will lead the way, not bulldozing more desert mesa. I expect to be disappointed.
There won't be a Trader Joe's here for a long, long time...though retail and restaurant choices will continue, slowly, to improve.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:46 PM
 
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I'm willing to bet we'll get a trader joe's long before we get a whole foods.

I really do like Toucan though They have the best bratwurst I've found outside Germany.

Oh, and the new wal-mart is going to be on Rinconada just south of Northrise. I live sort of in the area, off Rinconada, and I'm not looking forward to the extra traffic, but I'm interested to see what kind of stores move in next to the walmart.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:02 AM
 
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I hope Toucan survives long enough to attract a sufficient client base. I try to shop there to support them, as it's the only hope for a specialty grocer in LC, for the short term at least. They've usually got some great wine deals.
A Whole Paycheck will be a longggg time coming here. I don't see it happening.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:45 AM
 
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An HEB in Las Cruces would be great, but El Paso doesn't even have one yet. The closest one is in Odessa.
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:39 AM
 
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I don't find the prices at Whole Foods to be much different than Toucan, to be honest. I will continue to try to get meat at Toucan, and they do have some fairly-priced produce, but the rest is too expensive. (Granted, I don't drink wine, so am missing out on that.) So while I say I'd like a Whole Foods, I would not do all of my shopping there if we had one -- you can get some of the same things elsewhere more cheaply.

What's an HEB?
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:26 PM
 
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An HEB in Las Cruces would be great, but El Paso doesn't even have one yet. The closest one is in Odessa.
HEB, or better yet a Central Market would be great. I was surprised/disappointed to find that neither is even in El Paso. I shopped at both when my son lived in Austin - very nice stores.


Does anyone know the status of the Pro's Ranch Market that is supposed to open on El Paseo?
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