Panel approves new development plan for Murrieta Marketplace

Development team plans to take another shot at Home Depot and line up a tenant for the supermarket space.

There’s movement on the Murrieta Marketplace, the long-awaited shopping center slated for a 50-acre parcel in the northeastern corner of the city.

The city Planning Commission this week approved a new development plan for the project that calls for three phases of construction, with the first phase consisting of a home improvement store, a gas station/car wash, supermarket and neighborhood retail (fitness centers, nail salons and the like.)

There will be three access points to the center from Clinton Keith Road, which will eventually connect with Winchester Road, and one from Max Gilliss Boulevard.

Paul Loubet of Corona’s J&T Management said the commission’s action should provide some wind to the sails of the development team, which is working to lease out the spaces for the supermarket and the home improvement store.

“Having the entitlements helps with our marketing efforts,” he said Thursday.

Lowe’s and Home Depot have been linked to the site in the past but both companies pulled back amid concerns about the evolving business of retail, which finds many consumers using Amazon to buy light bulbs, tools and other products that used to be steady revenue sources for the big boxes.

Loubet said the team — which kept Home Depot branding on the mock-ups provided to the city — plans to reopen talks with the home improvement giant and see if they have changed their minds now that Murrieta Marketplace has entitlements in hand that allow for outdoor seasonal sales (Christmas trees) and equipment rentals.

“Same thing happened with McDonalds,” he said, detailing how the company said they weren’t going forward at the site but then reconsidered a month later.

The development team is well aware of the clamoring for another Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods in the Temecula Valley region but neither of those companies is looking at expansion in this part of the state right now, Loubet said. The team expects to have more success targeting markets owned by Smart & Final, Kroger (Ralphs, Food 4 Less) or Cerberus (Vons, Albertsons.)

  1. Kudos are due the Murrieta City Management team for doing everything possible to advance this center. It will help keep unnecessary routine local shopping traffic away from the growing and more regionally important shopping traffic on and all around the Triangle. This traffic “short stop” will not entirely curtail, but will significantly reduce the negative impact on the growing Triangle vicinity of minor purchase local-level shopping traffic from Menifee and the northeastern residential areas of Murrieta; (and of course from the entire Winchester/Northeastern Temecula, and even the Hemet-rural redirected traffic flow which will be arriving as a result of the all important Clinton Keith extension).

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  2. Kudos are due the Murrieta City Management team for doing everything possible to advance this center. It will help keep unnecessary routine local shopping traffic away from the growing and more regionally important shopping traffic on and all around the Triangle. This traffic “short stop” will not entirely curtail, but will significantly reduce the negative impact on the growing Triangle vicinity of minor purchase local-level shopping traffic from Menifee and the northeastern residential areas of Murrieta; (and of course from the entire Winchester/Northeastern Temecula and even Hemet-rural redirected traffic flow which will be arriving as a result of the all important Clinton Keith extension).

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  3. It would be nice if the design was more transit-oriented and included at least a bus stop. It could make commuting easier.

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  4. Finally they decided to start building something. I think they should built a Walmart and Food 4 less or a target. They should also built some restaurants. Most of these places are a little to far for all these new communities that they building. They will have lots of business cause is going to be closer to all of us. They should not built any gas stations they are too many of them already.

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    1. Theresa Matthews July 2, 2018 at 12:11 am

      Two gas stations is too many????

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      1. Toby justin Bailey July 9, 2018 at 1:39 pm

        there will be three on that block

  5. It would be awesome if we could get an Aldi innup hete!

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  6. It would be nice to have a Michaels, a dollar store, target, & Lowe’s 😆 so tired of driving 7 miles in any direction for shopping centers

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    1. Dollar Tree being built on Benton Road

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  7. Start building something we need. Like Fry’s Electronics, AMC theater, Burger King or Gym.

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  8. Does anyone know what they broke ground on next to the Farmer Boys in French Valley?

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    1. Denny’s

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  9. Rosalie DeMarco July 1, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Do they care what the community wants? They did nothing to listen… Too many fast foods are not welcomed here… We don’t want to look like Hemet! They are just following the money and handouts! Healthier choices! No Wal-Mart! Then they put Dennys… Really healthy! The decision makers don’t live here…so they don’t care how they impact the value of our investment in the community!

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  10. When are they actually going to break ground on this?? Seems like it will never happen

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  11. New plan approved??? Hurry and break ground already!!!

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  12. no walmart or food 4 less, hoping to have home depot.

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  13. Anyone know when they will break ground for this project?

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  14. We need home depot, movie theater, whole foods, cracker barrel restraunt or texas roadhouse. No target kohls. So when can we get this rolling.

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  15. Here we are months later and nothing has been done. This is such a joke!

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  16. Please find out when this is going to happen. I have lived in this area since 2005 and they have been saying they are building there scince than and now 13 going on 14 years later no movement only graffiti on what was once to be a great area. Building 1000s of homes but no infrastructure to support those homes?

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  17. When they are going to start this project?

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  18. Having an Ikea would be great. Hope we dont get store that attract rif raff

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  19. Any update on this project? We were told when we bought our home in 2004 it would be built by 2006? We have moved from California but still interested in the project since we have family and friends in the area.

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