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New San Marcos Shopping Center Started


Groundbreaking recently took place for a new shopping center to be located on the northside of San Marcos adjacent to The Old Mill Business Park. The shopping center will be known as Mill Street Crossing. Mill Street connects Uhland and Post roads to Interstate 35. It is an area that has seen significant growth of student housing and residential development. Phase 1 of the project will include a 12,500 square foot building anchored by Mill Street Market, a convenience store / grocery market which will offer a wide range of products including meat, produce and a deli.

The new facility will open late summer 2019 at the same time the City of San Marcos completes a major overhaul of Mill Street. The overhaul includes widening the roadway and installing new curbs, sidewalks, a stop light, and new lighting. For leasing formation, call 512 396 4500.


groundbreak1photoGroundbreaking Event for Mill Street Crossing Project




Christopher Green
February 12, 2019
Filed under Business, News, San Marcos


New shopping center to open on Mill Street

The development of a new shopping center located near the corner of Mill Street and Uhland Road is expected to open in the summer or fall of 2019.

The shopping center will consist of a variety of retail, food and other shops anchored by a large convenience grocery store with fuel and a restaurant. The shopping center is part of a five-and-a-half-acre development situated on the Old Mill 12-acre site.

Henry Ole, the owner of the land, said there are already some businesses expected to open in the shopping center and that residents are positive about the development.

“Our primary business is going to be called San Marcos Market, and that’s going to be a super-sized convenient store,” Ole said. “It’ll have fuel and instead of having just the junk food, it’ll have groceries, meat and produce.”

Oles said he has not heard one negative comment about having the development. Oles also said there will be a multitude of businesses in the shopping center.

Cromwell Construction is the company working on the construction, and according to owner Eric Cromwell, the development is on schedule and expected to take up the whole corner of Uhland Road and Mill Street in three phases.

“We’re doing phase one of the development right now which is just a couple of acres and the entire tract is the whole corner,” said Cromwell. “There could be up to three phases. The first phase is a 12,000 square foot retail center and we’re constructing it. The second phase is a similar building, and the third phase would be four or five acres behind that.”

Copper Beach Apartments resident Dustin Pavlicek said he is excited about the shopping center because of potential job opportunities and a new store in the area.

“There aren’t a lot of stores in the neighborhood except for a few gas stations down the road, so I think this new shopping center is going to make it a lot easier to find some basic necessities without having to leave the neighborhood.”

Additional information for the Mill Street Crossing development can be found on their website.

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Architects renderingArchitects rendering of both phases of The Shops at Mill Street Crossing.


New retail center coming to north side

Anita Millergroundbreak2photoFrom left are Greg Lutz, Schertz Bank; project developers Hanry and Marian Oles and general contractor Eric Cromwell.
Managing Editor

It’s easy to look at the growth San Marcos has experienced and say it’s all over town. It’s easy to look at the growth San Marcos has experienced and say it’s all over town.

On closer inspection, however, there’s a segment of the city that hasn’t seen the retail development that’s occurred elsewhere — but that’s about to change.

On track to open later this year is The Shops at Mill Street Crossing, a project of local resident and businessman Henry Oles that, he says, will fill a long-standing need.

“The north side has been ignored for a long time,” he said. Not by those who build apartments marketed to Texas State University students — there are three new complexes adjacent to the planned shopping center with a total of 6,000 beds and 27,000 households within a five mile radius. But rather, by retail. A single gas station on the Interstate 35 access road is the extent of recent openings.

Those nearby complexes are “over 90 percent occupied” and that’s not counting “thousands of others” who live along Post Road, Lime Kiln and Hilliard.

Oles said the shopping center will be opened in two phases and that the anchor store of Phase I will be a much needed grocery store. “Mill Street Market will be kind of a super convenience store carrying a wide variety of things — everything from milk and eggs to milk and produce. It will be like a miniature full grocery store.

”After that, he anticipates Phase I — which is already fully permitted — will have a coffee shop, exercise facility, pizza shop and doctor or dentist offices. Spaces to be leased will range from 300 to more than 5,000 square feet.

Ground was broken for Phase 1 in December and the site is a quartermile from the interstate and one and a quarter miles from the Texas State campus. It’s next door to the Old Mill Business Park, which Oles purchased in 1988, beginning the renovation of what was a wool processing mill to a office complex that now houses clients including a physical therapist and Head Start, among others, in its 120,000 square feet.

Some of that space is now opening, as Community Action Agency, which has officed there for the past 20 years, has moved to its new location at The Village of San Marcos. The San Marcos CISD also has its administrative offices in the Old Mill Park while the school board decides what to do about a replacement for its Central Office, recently demolished because of mold and other air quality issues.

Phase II, when it opens, will likely contain a restaurant and service shops, Oles said.

Oles said he’s gotten positive feedback from people in the area. “They ask, ‘why wasn’t this done years ago,’” he said. “There’s been nobody to service that area.”

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New shopping center Mill Street Crossing to open in summer 2019

By Community Impact Staff

The north side of San Marcos will soon get a new shopping center at 641 Mill Street, adjacent to the Old Mill Business Park and next to several student housing and residential developments. Ground was broken on the shopping center, called Mill Street Crossing, in January. The first phase of the project will include a 12,500-square-foot building, and a new grocery and convenience store called Mill Street Market. According to the developers, the new facility is set to open at the end of summer. The opening of Mill Street Crossing will coincide with the completion of the city of San Marcos’ Mill Street improvement project, which will include wider streets, the creation of curbs and sidewalks, a stop light and new lighting.


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