Biz Buzz- Tradewinds Shopping Center

A worker tosses piping from the roof of the Tradewinds Shopping Center in Texas City in 2017, the year Wingfield Partners bought the shopping center and began improvements. Deep discount retailer dd’s has signed a lease with plans to open an 18,000-square-foot store.

Tradewinds turnaround: The rumors were true about dd’s Discounts planning a Texas City store. A subsidiary of Ross Stores, dd’s has signed a lease to open an 18,000-square-foot store in a subdivided space previously occupied by grocer H-E-B in the Tradewinds Shopping Center. The lease is the beginning of what promises to be a turnaround for the 130,000-square-foot shopping center on the northeast corner of Palmer Highway and 21st Street, developers say.

If all goes as planned, dd’s soon will be joined by another retail tenant in the H-E-B space, said Scott Kell, a principal of Wingfield Partners, which in 2017 bought the shopping center. But it’s too soon to name the next anchor tenant, Kell said. H-E-B anchored the center until 2018, when the grocery store moved to its larger spot at state Highway 146 and Palmer Highway.

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(1) comment

Bailey Jones

I have my fingers crossed for Seasons. I managed to get into the old store a few times before it died - it was the very first place I ate when I moved here. Whenever I drive by I look for signs of new life.

I used to frequent a DDs in Dallas. I would take my several grand kids there for school clothes. I expect it will do well.

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