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Dillard's is coming to Conway

Posted: August 5, 2014 - 6:57pm

Jim Wilson, CEO of Jim Wilson and Associates, announced Tuesday night that Dillard’s will anchor Central Landing, the retail center to be developed on the site of the old airport.

The announcement came at a town-hall style meeting at the Centennial Valley Special Event Center where the developers of both Central Landing and the Lewis Crossing retail center were on hand to discuss their plans. Wilson said Central Landing will bring high-end stores currently missing from Conway.

“People are not shopping here because you don’t have the stores,” he said.

Wilson said the center will help stop “leakage” from shoppers leaving town to shop elsewhere.

A press release at the Jim Wilson and Associates website Wednesday said the new Dillard’s is planned to be 100,000 square feet and will feature the company’s latest in store design and construction.

Central Landing is a 150-acre planned development featuring 250,000 square feet of retail in phase one, including Dillard’s and more than 40 specialty stores and restaurants. Following the retail phase, there are plans for hotels, office buildings, single family residential and apartment homes.

Brad Lacy, president of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and the Conway Development Corporation, said Central Landing is one of the ideas that came out of Conway 2025, a collective future visioning of Conway by a group of 1,400 residents.

“Very rarely do you have the opportunity to redevelop 200 acres in the heart of the city,” Lacy said. The CDC wanted to look at redeveloping the old airport site, but to bring a large-scale retail project, they needed a partner, he said. Through a series of fortunate events, the CDC connected with Jim Wilson and Associates, he said.

“Are we going to capture the retail dollars for this region? I think we can with these two projects,” he said, referring also to the Lewis Crossing development.

David Elrod of Collett and Associates, the developer of Lewis Crossing, announced several stores that will locate in the retail center, which will be built on the former site of the sale barn. Lewis Crossing is a 440,000 square-foot shopping center.

“Sam’s has been looking at Conway for a number of years and is very excited about anchoring this project,” he said. The company also has letters of intent from Academy Sports, Ross Dress for Less, Forever 21, Bed Bath and Beyond, Petco, ULTA and Dollar Tree, he said. He noted a number of restaurants are also attracted to the area.

At the close of remarks Tuesday night, Jamie Gates, senior vice president of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, encouraged the crowd in attendance to vote on Sept. 9 (or early vote starting Sept. 2) to approve the bond rededication to fund the roads to access the Central Landing property.

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mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 08/07/14 - 08:31 am
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Dillards is a very good catch

Dillards is a very good catch for this new project. If Conway wants to keep residents from spending their money in Little Rock tho, they need to try and lure some of the other big department stores. Sears and maybe a bigger J.C. Penny's. For this to work to its fullest level, there has got to more stores like that instead of the big chain restaurants some have discussed.

Macy's would be a great catch for one of these new sites going in. I imagine Little Rock will get that first tho.

BigDaddyD
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BigDaddyD 08/07/14 - 12:35 pm
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You have got to be kidding

Sears and JC Penney?
Really?
Let's put a Blockbuster Video and a Montgomery Ward in there too.

Better yet, vote against this tax package to make a person millions of dollars at the expense of the low and middle income citizens.

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 08/07/14 - 12:40 pm
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I think those are out of

I think those are out of business, Dad.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 08/07/14 - 01:05 pm
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BigDaddyD

yep we gave this developer a large hand out. According to Jamie Gates he was pursuing the Conway Administration for this development. I would had too for a 18 million dollar gift of streets and roads. Although I doubt they ran very hard. As i said in another thread the meeting this week at the CVCC events center was a show to get the pro vote out for the bond extension election in Sept.

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Elmer Fudd 08/09/14 - 10:17 am
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Mike

this bird is still in the bush. Bond extension must be passed by voters before it will be in hand.Sooooooooooooo we will see.

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 08/07/14 - 09:08 am
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mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 08/07/14 - 09:24 am
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I was going to let

I was going to let "Do-Gooders" have their time before bringing that up, but now that the keg is tapped, as they say. You're absolutely correct.

justwantdanews
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justwantdanews 08/07/14 - 09:17 am
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More shopping options, now liquor PLEASE

Good to see. Now, if we can get this wet imitative done, I may never have to leave Faulkner county!

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lancejgosnell 08/07/14 - 11:22 pm
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A Dillards... hmm

A Dillards...hmmm

As a life long resident of Conway, Arkansas with the exception of the years 2008-09 & 2011-12 I have never shopped at a Dillards.

Though, would this be the first one without a mall attached. If so, will that be the first "stand alone" Dillards?

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Lilly03 08/11/14 - 03:34 pm
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Exactly .... who shops at

Exactly .... who shops at Dillard's anymore? I heard numerous people saying that recently. That alone is not work the tax.
Not to say some other combination might not be .... but ....

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