Frisco’s Wade Park development has ramped up the amount of planned retail space.

The $1.6 billion, 180-acre project on the Dallas North Tollway will now contain almost as much retail and restaurant space as a shopping mall, developer Stan Thomas said Thursday.

“We are up to 950,000 square feet of retail that’s part of the development,” Thomas told members of the International Council of Shopping Centers meeting in downtown Dallas.

Wade Park was originally planned to have about 600,000 square feet of retail space anchored by a Whole Foods Market grocery store.

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Dallas’ 5 Biggest Retail Real Estate Stories in 2015

As the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Texas conference gets underway in Dallas on Wednesday, JLL executives have highlighted some of the biggest trends in retail real estate throughout the region.

“Underneath all of these retail real estate trends is the job growth we have in Dallas-Fort Worth and the housing starts that follow job growth, and the retail that follows those housing starts,” Clay Smith, JLL’s managing director, told theDallas Business Journal.

That growth is spread broadly throughout the region, he said.

North Texas continues to see an influx of grocery stores to serve the growing number of residents in the region, with suburban and urban locations being snapped up by hungry grocers. HEB has recently acquired more than 20 suburban development sites, but has yet to announce plans.

Other grocers, such as Kroger and Tom Thumb also have opened new stores in the suburbs this year, Smith said.

“All across the Metroplex you see a focus on neighborhood grocery-anchored shopping centers,” he said. “And now, grocers are focused on hitting the urban core, such as Uptown, the Design District and Deep Ellum.

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Developer Scott Beck looks to bring new ideas to $4B Dallas Midtown Development

Dallas developer Scott Beck could bring some new ideas — ranging from bringing new interim retail concepts to creating a four-acre tree farm turned park — to his $4 billion Dallas Midtown mixed-use development in North Dallas, but redoing the project’s roadways isn’t something he’s even considering.

“We’ve gone through a two-year process with the city of Dallas, the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council to approve the overall district plan,” Beck, CEO of Dallas-based Beck Ventures, told the Dallas Business Journal after last week’s public meeting with Dallas’ peer urban design review panel, which critiqued the street grid. “This was approved a long time ago.”

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New apartments and retail space will add to Dallas’ popular Knox Street neighborhood

One of Dallas’ first retail districts is seeing a new building boom.

The Knox Street district, just east of Highland Park, got its start early last century when retailers and businesses migrated to the area next to the old Highland Park MKT rail station on Abbott Avenue.

Two of the area’s oldest businesses are still there — Highland Park Soda Fountain (1912) and Weir’s Furniture (1948).

Now developers are adding hundreds of high-end apartments and more pricey shops and restaurants to the mix.

A handful of new rental communities are on the way for the area along with several new shopping venues.

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