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Burrow says mall to make Jonesboro a retail hub.

Developers in Jonesboro broke ground last week on the new $100 million Mall at Turtle Creek, which they hope will make the city a regional retail center that will capture shoppers that have traditionally gone to nearby Memphis.

The mall will occupy a 73-acre site at the intersection of Highland Drive and Stadium Boulevard in Jonesboro. Bruce Burrow, a partner in Belz-Burrow Development Group, which is developing the site with David Hocker & Associates of Owensboro, Ky., said work on the site began earlier this month, when it received final permits.

"This is the culmination of about a 20-year effort on my part, so we're happy to see it happen," Burrow said.

Burrow said workers hope to have foundations ready for the mall's Target and JCPenney stores by mid-November. The two are scheduled to open in September 2005.

The mall will also boast a two-story, 160,000-SF Dillard's department store, which is scheduled to open in March 2006. It will be the biggest store in the mall, Burrow said. Other stores set for the mall include Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond and Circuit City.

Burrow said that Jonesboro, with a population of more than 55,000, has developed as a regional center for several industries, including education, health care, food, agriculture and banking.

"But the thing that we were lacking was the retail area," he said.

Burrow believes The Mall at Turtle Creek will fill that void. And he said that Memphis' eastward development has added time and congested traffic to northeast Arkansas shoppers' drive to retail centers such as the Wolfchase Galleria mall.

"So what used to be an hour trip, or an hour-fifteen, is almost two hours. And I can tell you, if there's no state troopers, I can be to McCain [Mall in North Little Rock] that fast," Burrow said. "So Memphis has moved away, and that's given us a real opportunity here in Jonesboro."
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Title Annotation:Bruce Burrow
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Author:Turner, Lance
Publication:Arkansas Business
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Date:Sep 13, 2004
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