Construction crews broke ground last week on The Shoppes at Pecan Bayou, an 18,000 square foot mixed-use development behind McAlister’s Deli and Cotton Patch Cafe on Commerce St. in Brownwood.   

The Shoppes will include a large central retail space for a potential big-box store and eight additional storefronts, one for a restaurant, in one strip.    

Mike Cook of Odessa’s Leeco Properties, developers of The Shoppes, spoke to the Bulletin about the project on Monday. He said most of the available retail locations will be around 1,500 square feet, with about 14,360 total feet of retail space. Guy Andrews of the Brownwood Municipal Development District said the project had to include at least 75 percent retail space.   

Cook said the project will include the construction of additional parking and a road that will wind all the way around the facility.  

McAlister’s and Cotton Patch opened in October 2016 and city officials had hoped to break ground on The Shoppes around that time. Andrews said flooding concerns due to proximity to the Pecan Bayou delayed the project by a few months, but the developers were finally able to clear their logistical hurdles.   

Cook said The Shoppes is now scheduled for completion in late 2017 or early 2018.