Willow Creek Center was sold to a Miami-based real estate investor in June 2017. The City is in discussions with the new owner who has long term redevelopment plans for the center. The City is not aware of any immediate changes that may occur, however, VASA Fitness is now open in the former Safeway space.

The City appreciates the significant response from the surrounding neighborhoods to share your thoughts and opinions on the future of Willow Creek Center. Your feedback was shared with the new owner and will help inform future discussions and decisions on the center.

We will share updates on any major changes with the community through City media including Nextdoor. If you have questions please contact the City’s Economic Development Division at ed@centennialco.gov. 

Survey

The City thanks the more than 750 survey respondents that provided valuable insight into the community’s relationship with the Willow Creek Center. View the survey results.

What did the survey reveal? (select to expand)

An overwhelming majority of the respondents

  • Are concerned about the future of the center
  • See a need for change, and
  • Feel the center is full of potential

Respondents want to see:

  • More restaurant options,
  • More retail options,
  • Walkable outdoor space,
  • Mixed-use, Streets at Southglenn type development

Respondents also had creative ideas for Willow Creek Center such as:

  • Restaurant incubator,
  • Marketplace concept,
  • Indoor dog park,
  • Maker space,
  • Drone racing, and
  • Art center

Majority of residents live how close to Willow Creek:

  • 65 percent of respondents live ½ mile or closer to the center

Age of respondents:

  • 35 percent of respondents were 55+ years
  • 28 percent of respondents were 35 - 44 years

Neighborhoods respondents live in:

  • 68 percent of respondents live in Willow Creek (1, 2, 3 & West)
  • 55 percent have lived in their neighborhood 10+ years

Why is the City exploring redevelopment opportunities with Willow Creek and other shopping centers? 

  • The retail world is changing
  • Online spending continues to increase
  • 53 percent of the City's revenues come from retail sales tax
  • People are spending more on experiences, such as dining out and entertainment, rather than on things
  • Dynamic shifts in retailing are beginning to impact our neighborhood shopping centers
  • We’d like resident input to help inform and guide potential future changes at Willow Creek Center

Location

Located one block off of C-470, the Willow Creek Center’s intersection at County Line & Quebec is a key juncture serving the southwestern neighborhoods of Centennial.  Both County Line and Quebec extend into residential areas surrounding the center, making the site attractive from a retail perspective.   

Frequently Asked Questions (select to expand)

Why did Safeway close? 

 For reasons that are unclear, Safeway chose to cease operations at the expiration of their lease.  Safeway remains a retailer in flux with numerous store closings across the nation as they work to combine the Albertson's and Safeway brands into one concept.   

Will another grocery store like Whole Foods move in?

Opportunities to backfill the space with another grocer are limited with most grocers already located within the area.   Efforts to find another retailer for the building began as soon as Safeway shutdown with no success so far.

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