The City of Centennial is engaging the community in conversation about the future of the Willow Creek Center.
Over the next few months, the City will be gathering your thoughts and ideas for the shopping center through resident and business outreach and a series of interactive surveys.
Why is the City doing this?
- The retail world is changing
- Online spending continues to increase
- 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
What’s happening at Willow Creek?
- Willow Creek Center’s Safeway has been closed for more than a year
- It’s unlikely another grocery store will move into this space because of the many grocery stores already located within the general area.
- Willow Creek Center is currently bank-owned
- An auction is planned for 2017 but a date has not yet been set
What happens after an auction?
- A new property owner means minor or significant changes could be in store for Willow Creek
- There are no plans or proposals before the City at this time
The City has created this web page and a series of surveys to share information with the community and collect your input on the future of Willow Creek Center. Please share this page with your family and neighbors and complete the brief surveys below. This web page will be used to provide updates, survey results and additional surveys.
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.
What’s Currently Working?
Longtime established businesses like Mama Romas, Dependable Cleaners and others remain successful. Many of these businesses shared they haven't seen a decrease in business since Safeway's closure.
The perimeter of the shopping center contains a great deal of mature landscaping. Recent upgrades to landscaping around the parking lots and stores have improved the center’s image.
Newer businesses like Core Power Yoga and Game Set Match appear to be doing well, helped by visibility from County Line Rd.
An analysis of the center from the City’s retail consultant shows the center has proven to be: 1) oversized with too much building square footage to be supported by the surrounding neighborhoods; and 2) poorly designed.
Although portions of the center are architecturally attractive, much of the retail is poorly located within the center. There is little synergy between the retail buildings preventing retailers from drawing from each other. The flawed design issues existing in the center have been the primary reason the center has failed to retain retailers.
Frequently Asked Questions
- 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.