Epicenter at Agritopia® Is Underway

by Mike Hunter

Groundbreaking is imminent at Epicenter, the high-end, vertical mixed-use community and retail destination in the heart of Agritopia®, a village that includes an 11.3-acre organic farm. The multi-family project, which is currently pre-leasing its available retail space, will feature elevated apartment living situated above thoughtfully selected restaurants and retail focused on healthy living and treasured finds for all generations to live, gather and thrive. Epicenter’s 49,000 square feet of retail space will be leased to best-in-class businesses that are experts in their craft. Some of the current tenants include Matt’s Big Breakfast, Gadzooks, Bunky Boutique, Wylde Salon and the Hooligans Barbershop.

“We are excited to complete this project, making it the first of its kind in Arizona. Epicenter will be the town center within Agritopia®, creating a gathering space for the community to come and enjoy luxury living and renown local restaurants, shops and entertainment for decades to come,” says William Johnston, CEO of Johnston & Co. “Epicenter will become one of the top shopping destinations in Gilbert. Our thoughtfully selected retailers will experience high foot traffic from the walkable Agritopia® community, other neighborhoods throughout Gilbert, the greater Phoenix area, as well as visitors coming to Arizona. The project is the capstone to complete the Agritopia® community, creating vertical village living for all ages. Whether you’re a senior, young adult, family or kid, Epicenter is your place to call home, to dine and shop— where experiences are made, shared and remembered.”

Epicenter’s team is comprised of top experts in their respective industries, including William and Joe Johnston of Johnston & Co., the development group leading the retail portion of the project; Joe Doucett of Newmark Knight Frank, the retail listing agent representing Johnston & Co.; Casey Treadwell of Thompson Thrift, the owner’s representative of Johnston & Co.; and Greg Nadeau, StreetLights Residential’s vice president of development, who’s Epicenter’s development partner. The novel project design is by the architecture team at LRK.

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