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ddsstorefrontALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A pair of new stores will open this summer at San Mateo Square, helping rejuvenate a shopping center that has been mostly vacant for the past two years.

The center, located on San Mateo near Comanche, will welcome its first new retailer, Tennis Ace, this weekend. DD’s Discounts should follow in late June or early July.

Local businessman Art Gardenswartz and his wife Sonya recently bought the 46,000-square-foot shopping center, which was marketed by the retail team at CBRE.

The price was not disclosed.

DD’s will fill the 22,000 square feet formerly occupied by the Savers thrift store. Tennis Ace will take over a 1,500-square-foot suite.

Another 16,500 square feet last used by Jo-Ann Fabric remains empty, though Gardenswartz said some tenants have expressed interest in that portion of the center.

“It’s a revitalization of the heart of our city,” Art Gardenswartz said of the center, located on high-traffic San Mateo. “It’s a neat project.”

The Gardenswartzes are partnering with the father-daughter team of Gary and Lindsay Stansifer in Tennis Ace, a tennis specialty shop. It will open to the public Saturday and host a formal grand opening later this month.

DD’s Discounts — a lower-priced version of Ross Dress for Less — has spent about $1.2 million remodeling its portion and should open shortly thereafter.

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