New mall coming near Sam’s Club

HARLINGEN — The new convention center area is already drawing the interest of regional developers.

The Chapa Group of Edinburg confirmed yesterday it will break ground on a 14,300-square-foot strip mall with restaurant and retail space in two months.

“Bahama Buck’s will fill one of the spaces, along with the Just A Cut hair-cutting chain,” developer Jose Chapa said yesterday. “Also there will be a nail salon and a Verizon Wireless and some others that we are still negotiating leases with.”

Bahama Buck’s is an island inspired gourmet frozen desserts chain business. Bahama Buck’s serves shaved ice, smoothies, lemonades, fruits, sodas and much more, all with the spirit of the island.

The Chapa Group has established a big footprint when it comes to retail development in the Valley, and to date has built about 25 malls across the region.

“This is our second shopping center that we’ve developed in Harlingen,” Chapa said. “We built another one in 1998, and I believe it was on Ed Carey Drive where the Albertsons used to be.

“We are familiar with Harlingen, and we like to work in Harlingen. It’s a good town,” Chapa said.

Chapa said his plans call for completion of the new retail mall space by early 2018.

He said he and other executives in his development company are particularly excited to be in a dynamic and growing area near where the new convention center will be built.

“This is going to be great, with the Bass Pro, Sam’s and Hooters,” he said.

As for Sam’s Club, Chapa said it’s natural for secondary development to come in nearby.

“We always try to go next to them because Sam’s Club, they bring in a lot of people,” Chapa said. “There is more material benefit for being near that big anchor of Sam’s Club.”

Harlingen Heights Plaza

Confirmed occupants

– Bahama Buck’s

– Just A Cut hair salon

– Verizon Wireless

– nail salon