Randalls announces groundbreaking in Leander

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Randalls Food Markets will break ground 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 on a new Leander store southwest of the intersection of Lakeline Boulevard and Crystal Falls Parkway.

The retailer will be Leander’s second grocery store, following H-E-B Plus located on US 183.

Randalls President Sidney Hopper said Randalls will provide the city with quality grocery shopping.

“This is an exciting time of growth for the city of Leander,” Hopper said. “We’re looking forward to being a community partner, serving customers and creating a positive economic impact in Leander by adding approximately 150 new jobs.”

The Leander Randalls store will comprise about 59,000 square feet, and will anchor a new shopping center strip of about 23,000 additional square feet at the intersection.

The grocer signed a development agreement with the city in September 2012.

Utility work is already ongoing at the construction site and the retailer’s building plans will likely be approved soon, Leander Assistant City Manager Tom Yantis said.

“Randalls is a great grocery store and a good anchor tenant for shopping centers,” Yantis said. “They tend to attract good [tenants] around them. … We’ll have restaurants and other options.”

The first restaurant at the intersection, Brooklyn Heights Pizzeria, opened Aug. 19 in The Shops at Crystal Falls retail plaza southeast of Lakeline and Crystal Falls. Northeast of the intersection, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is building its first facility in Leander, Cedar Park Regional Emergency Center, which is set to open in March. The hospital owns adjacent land that will be used to develop a new center for physicians’ offices, Yantis said.

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