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More changes coming to Winrock

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Courtesy of Pegasus Retail The current site plan for Winrock Town Center, which now includes Ulta Beauty and a relocated Sports Authority. (This is as of Oct. 31, 2014) jdyer@abqjournal.com Fri Oct 31 14:57:48 -0600 2014 1414789064 FILENAME: 181257.jpg

Winrock’s massive makeover will include some lipstick, hairspray and perfume.

Ulta Beauty — an Illinois-based cosmetics chain — is signing on to open a 10,000-square-foot store at the Uptown property, according to Pegasus Retail President Anthony Johnson, whose firm handles Winrock’s leasing. It will go next to the forthcoming Nordstrom Rack.

Ulta, Nordstrom Rack and DSW will be part of a new building on the property’s southern end. The stores will go above a two-level underground parking garage. They should open in 2016, according to the latest timeline.

And it’s not the only change slated for that side of the development.

Sports Authority will head southward, leaving its existing 65,000-square-foot Winrock site for a new 35,000-square-foot store inside the former Bed Bath & Beyond. Johnson said Sports Authority will implement its newest store prototype and get a new facade that will “set the tone for what’s going to happen across the entire (Winrock) facade, all the way to Nordstrom Rack.”

Nordstrom Rack and Sports Authority will ultimately serve as bookends for a row of retailers facing Interstate 40. Johnson said he’s close to completing leases for tenants who will fill the gaps between the two.

“It’s a really cool lineup that’s going to face the freeway, and it’s going to forever change the way Albuquerque sees Winrock,” he said.

Albuquerque’s Goodman Realty Group is redeveloping Winrock. The planned overhaul includes residences, a hotel, a centralized park with a lake and a mix of shopping and dining options.

There is also a proposal to consolidate Dillard’s — which now operates two separate stores at Winrock — into a single, new building north of the existing men’s Dillard’s, though officials have said that plan would hinge on a number of factors.

Goodman Realty has owned Winrock since 2007, and CEO Gary Goodman said he liked the idea of “doing something really different with it.”

“In the difficult years that ensued, 2008, 2009, 2010 up to today, it just became very clear that a large development had to be more than just a shopping center,” he said in a recent interview.

While recession slowed progress, activity has increased in recent years with the addition of three new restaurants — including a 25,200-square-foot Dave & Buster’s that opens to the public Monday — and last fall’s debut of Regal Cinemas’ 16-screen IMAX theater.

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