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Tramway Hastings box ready for transformation


This retail development is in the works to replace the vacant Hastings store at Tramway and Candelaria. (Courtesy Bridges on Tramway)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Soon, the vacant Hastings at Tramway and Candelaria will be vacant no more.

Local developer Art Gardenswartz and his wife, Sonya, have purchased the 19,000-square-foot property and plan to transform it into “Bridges on Tramway.”

Named for the nearby pedestrian bridges that span the road, the development already has signed leases with Pop Fizz and CBD Boutique.

Gardenswartz said there is room for nine spaces in the building, and he is in discussions with four or five other possible tenants.

His vision is to have a brewery, coffee shops and a bike rental store so customers can take advantage of the nearby Tramway bike path.

There also will be a hot yoga studio with some gym equipment, said Daniel Kearney with Retail Solutions, Inc., the leasing agent. The architect is Treveston Elliott.

There will be two patios on the 2½-acre property, one for a brewery to the north and another for the coffee shop to the south.

Gardenswartz said the effort is similar to Alameda West, which he and his wife took on several years ago.

“We like fixing up our community,” he said. “If you do it right, people appreciate it and it seems to work.”

Pop Fizz, which is headquartered at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, features ice cream treats like paletas, shakes and ice cream tacos. Its menu also includes sandwiches and burritos.

CBD Boutique, which has a West Side outlet, features oils and hemp products.

Hastings vacated the property at 12501 Candelaria NE in 2017 after a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and resulting closure.

“The property is (in) walking distance from recreation trails, bike paths, open space and iconic neighborhoods,” according to the development’s website. “Residents, tourists and enthusiasts agree that this area is long overdue for a locale where the community can gather.”