Nebraska Furniture Mart's huge Texas development is rising

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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 12:00 am

Meet Grandscape, the mammoth Dallas-area retail, dining and entertainment center that's being developed by Omaha's Nebraska Furniture Mart.

When completed, the $1.5 billion development, located at The Colony, Texas, a Dallas suburb, is expected to draw 8 million to 10 million visits annually to its sprawling 433-acre campus — an area twice the size of the Mart's Omaha store, Village Pointe shopping center, Crossroads Mall and Westroads Mall combined.

This week, Grandscape welcomed a 250-ton crane and an 11-man crew who have begun constructing the Mart of Texas, the center's first anchor.

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With the help of that half-million-pound crane, the crew has begun erecting a network of steel girders and the first of 412 wall panels that will form the building's framework. The panels, which weigh from 30,000 to 95,000 pounds each, are scheduled to be in place by October. The store is scheduled to open in May 2015.

It's said everything is bigger in Texas and that appears to be true for the retail center itself, which covers roughly 40 football fields, as well as for the Nebraska Furniture Mart store that will anchor the center the mart is developing itself.

At 1.85 million square feet, the Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas will house a 1.3 million-square-foot warehouse and a 560,000-square-foot showroom. It will be the Mart's third full-line store and have 20 percent more display space than the Omaha campus, currently the company's largest.

The Mart, a Berkshire Hathaway company, has not said what retailers or brands will become part of Grandscape's retail mix. A company spokeswoman said the Mart may announce some tenant leases in late summer or early fall.

The development is located along the south side of State Highway 121 about 27 miles north of Dallas.

Facts about Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas

Go Cowboys: The showroom is almost as big as Cowboys Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, and the distribution center is twice as big as the stadium.

Get your exercise: With a perimeter of 5,944 feet, the distance around the retail and distribution center is about 1.1 miles.

That's a tall drink of water: The roof covers more than 30 acres. When it rains 1 inch, the roof drains and storm system will need to accommodate 830,000 gallons of water; an Olympic-size pool holds 660,000 gallons of water.

Super sidewalk: The building will require more than 59,000 yards of concrete. With that much concrete, you could pour a sidewalk 4 feet wide and 4 inches deep that would run 226 miles. The distance from the Mart's Kansas City store to its Des Moines store is 202 miles.

Whole lot of love — seats: The average love seat is 15 square feet. With 1.85 million square feet of floor space, the building could accommodate more than 124,000 love seats. That means a person with an average lifespan of 30,000 days could change out her love seat every six hours. – Source: Nebraska Furniture Mart

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