Daniel Burnham said “Make no small plans,” and no where is that truer than at Stratford Square, a 1.3 million square foot shopping destination that is being transformed as it nears its fourth decade in existence.
The largest project slated at the center is construction of Woodman’s Food Market, a new 247,000-square-foot grocery on about 19 acres. Scheduled for completion by spring 2020, Woodman’s will take the place of the former Macy’s, which is being razed. The food market will feature a 136,000-square-foot shopping area with sections for a bakery, produce, meat, frozen foods, dry goods, liquor department and health and beauty aids. Plans also call for two gas stations and a car wash.
The center is in negotiations to build a new Carson’s store in the former J.C. Penney building. It would feature furniture, jewelry and apparel and, if all goes as planned, open in late spring 2019.
The changes do not stop there. Although details are not yet available, the center expects two new full-service restaurants to locate in the center by mid-year 2019. They will join 25 W Brewing Co., a state-of-the-art brewing facility and full-service restaurant that began serving beer lovers in 2018.
The center continues to value its anchor tenants: Kohl’s, Burlington and Sears, and has welcomed newer shops that increase the diversity of merchandise offered.
Throughout the year, the center makes sure to cue the fun with special and holiday-themed events. A monthly car show during the summer is a crowd-pleaser as are visits from Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
Other shopping sites include:
- Bloomingdale Court
- Circle Center
- The Courtyard
- Old Town
- Springbrook Shopping Center
- Stratford Crossing
- Town Square