The Northwest side of the Sun City, home to Canutillo High School and the El Paso Community College’s Northwest campus, has seen exponential growth throughout the past few years, and 2018 is no exception to the trend.

New to the area is West Towne, a 500,000-square-foot shopping center wheeled into reality by El Paso’s largest and oldest shopping center developer River Oaks Properties. The $100-million outdoor entertainment and retail complex is located off Artcraft Road and Interstate-10 near The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, another outdoor mall that is a few years its senior.

Housed within West Towne is a 191,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter, giving the Westside its second Walmart. The Walmart Supercenter within West Towne is slated to open later this year. West Towne is also home to the Nebraska-based outdoor sporting goods store Cabela’s, which had a grand opening in fall of 2017. It is El Paso’s first Cabela’s. Among other products for sport and recreation, the store offers fishing, camping and swimming gear, as well as a firearms section and an archery range.

EMJ Construction performed all site work for the complex and constructed more than 320,000 square feet of the retail space.

“With the Super Walmart now under construction, we still have one more year of work with EMJ,” said Richard G. Williams, vice president of construction at River Oaks Properties, in response to Cabela’s grand opening in September. “We certainly are off to a fantastic and successful start of operations.”

Featured in the complex are several sit-down and fast food restaurants, including Chipotle Mexican Grill and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, and a 45,000-square-foot movie theatre. Other retailers include T.J. Maxx, Home Goods, Tuesday Morning, Ross Dress for Less, Rack Room Shoes, PetSmart, Great Clips, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

The outdoor, pedestrian-friendly shopping complex features tree-lined streets throughout the 63 acres that encompass it.

Westside resident Sandra Hering, 33, said she is eager to see the Westside expand to accommodate the city’s growing population and home development in the area that now reaches to Transmountain Road.

“Personally, I am excited to see the new stores,” she said. “I would like to know for sure Costco is coming. That is what I’m really waiting for.”

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