The mixed-use development known as Antea Lifestyle Center broke ground in 2011 north of Queretaro near Juriquilla. It is quite an endeavor and will be the largest mall in Mexico and second largest in Latin America when completed the end of 2014.
The developers are Grupo Sordo Madaleno. I know nothing about this group but I'm sure they are similar to Hines Interests who developed The Galleria in Houston and then other locations around the world. Ironically, Hines has a major commercial park in the Queretaro area, not far from this new development.
I was involved in designing a couple of mixed use developments in Jacksonville, Florida. It is definitely the wave of the future. The one I worked on was a marina, condo housing, a 63 story highrise, a boutique grocery store, beauty salon, etc etc etc. The project was called Berkman Plaza. After completion, it was sold for a hefty profit, I don't know if it is still called by that name.
The good news about this mixed-use development is that it will bring 2000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs to the area.
Included in the development will be close to 160 stores, most high end. Also 4000 apartments, 2 hotels, office space, and a hospital, just to name a few. It is a 10 year project. The first phase opened in November 2013 with some shops and a couple of fast food restaurants.
Some of the stores that will be in the mall are Prada, Liverpool, Lacoste, Armani, Chanel, Zara, Sears, Dolce and Gabbana, Burberry, H&M, Hollister, Versace, Calvin Klein, Converse and Banana Republic.
Something for everyone. Sears in Mexico is equal to a Dillard's. Much more high end then in the USA. The above list is projected to all be open by the end of 2014.
It is located about 30 minutes from San Miguel de Allende and 15 minutes from the centro of Queretaro.
I've also been told that a huge Walmart Center will open across the freeway from Antea. Truly something for everyone, in all price ranges.
Yesterday our Koffee Klatch group was talking about the new center. We were hoping that Wendy's and Target would come to Mexico as well. In Queretaro there is already Domino's, IHOP, Applebee's, Chili's,
Burger King, McDonald's, KFC, Dairy Queen, Walmart, Home Depot and Office Depot! There are probably more American chains that I don't even know about. These are the ones I've heard about.
In the "Olden Days", like thirteen years ago, we all went to Queretaro to shop at Costco, Walmart, Alladino's and Sam's because the grocery shopping in San Miguel was atrocious. Our typical day was to do our grocery shopping, go to Chili's and then go to a movie. We didn't have a decent movie theater here in San Miguel either. Now we do, along with good restaurants.
In fact, I haven't been to Queretaro, which is 45 minutes away, in about two or three years. I will, however, go to see the new Antea Lifestyle Center, some day.........If you wish to see the interesting architecture of this new development, just type in Antea Lifestyle Center in your Search Engine and choose from the many websites or watch the You Tube video.
Mexico is growing and changing, as I write!