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The Fountains retail area nears completion

Construction of first of three office buildings has begun

Construction of the Fountains' first retail building is in its final phases and could open as early as October.
Construction of the Fountains' first retail building is in its final phases and could open as early as October.

Mixed-use development The Fountains has completed two of the site's three retail buildings with construction underway for the final building.

When completed, the development will have more than 40,000 square feet of retail space.

The 19-acre development at the corner of Blairs Ferry and Edgewood roads NE, just north of Hy-Vee, also will house three office buildings, the first of which is under construction.

Kristina Schoell, project coordinator for Compass Commercial Services, said the majority of the bays are full in the first two retail buildings, with the exception of the end caps.

“We're hoping for an upscale restaurant to go in each of those end caps,” Schoell said. “That's what they were designed for.”

Phase one opened in October and has attracted Sanctuary Spa, Salon Jude (formerly New Millennium) and Jimmy John's. The second retail building has signed Red Wing Shoes, specialty grocery store Olive's Oil, State Farm Insurance and fast casual restaurant PepperJax Grill.

Schoell said the shell is up on the final retail building and the development company hopes to have it completed by fall. It already has signed one tenant, Burst Cycle, a spinning studio, which plans to open Nov. 1.

Compass Commercial Services is in talks with several parties interested in office space, Schoell added, with one that could occupy an entire building.

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