Surprise residents can expect the opening a new outdoor shopping mall in fall of 2022 as the city continues a steady transition from open farmland to commercial and residential real estate development.
Work on The Village at Prasada, a 700,000 square foot commercial shopping complex, has been in full swing for some time now on the northeast corner of Waddell Road and Sarival Avenue. The new development will feature restaurants, entertainment venues and general retail spaces. Some of the first business that have committed to being a part of the new commercial space are Sprouts Farmers Market, OHSO Brewery and Distillery and Barrio Queen.
Additional commercial real estate developments, on one hand, are a relief to Surprise residents. Commercial retail is heavily concentrated around the area of Bell Road and Grand Avenue in the form of three open air shopping malls: Surprise Market Place, Surprise Town Center and Town Square at Surprise. Another option far removed from that side of town will provide residents with much needed options while potentially alleviating some of the heavy traffic around those shopping centers.
On the other hand, the development is yet another instance of land traditionally used in Surprise for agriculture undergoing development for either residential or commercial purposes. Tractors used to be a constant presence in the fields, working to cultivate the current crop. Now residents are getting used to seeing large construction and contracting vehicles buzzing around these areas as everything is slowly but surely developed.
The first commercial real estate that opened on the former agriculture land The Village at Prasada is developing on was Costco. There was a brief period where it operated alone before other commercial developments started to spring up around it. During that time, traffic changed considerably around the area as west-side residents came to Costco.
While expanding the commercial retail options in Surprise is a necessary step in the evolution of the city, it’s still sad to see our open spaces fall victim to the urban sprawl that has already consumed most of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Perhaps the time it took for it to reach out here is something to be thankful for.