By Parker LeavittThe Republic | azcentral.comWed Oct 9, 2013 3:40 PM
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Zinburger and Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles will be among the first tenants in downtown Gilbert’s Heritage Marketplace, according to Phoenix-based developer LGE Design Build.
The long-awaited mixed-use complex in the heart of Gilbert’s historical Heritage District is scheduled to open next summer with 31,000 square feet of restaurant, office and retail space.
LGE is pouring more than $7 million into Heritage Marketplace’s initial phase and plans to add another 50,000 square feet of commercial space down the road.
“Gilbert has become an increasingly desirable location for these types of projects,” LGE President David Sellers said in a release. “This is a perfect location for these tenants and this development.”
Zinburger is a Fox Restaurant Concepts creation that serves burgers, salads and shakes at three locations in Phoenix and Tucson. Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles has locations in central Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Construction has already begun on a 2.7-acre lot at the northwestern corner of Gilbert Road and Vaughn Avenue, directly north of Oregano’s Pizza Bistro.
Downtown Gilbert has seen an influx of new restaurants in recent years, including Postino East, Joyride Taco House and So Cal Fish Taco Company. Gilbert staples like Joe’s Real BBQ, Liberty Market and the Farmhouse Restaurant continue to draw steady crowds.
“In addition to being the historic, symbolic center of the community, the influx and variety of restaurants in the Heritage District is making it a culinary destination for the East Valley,” Gilbert economic development administrator Amanda Elliott said.
Heritage Marketplace will initially include three buildings facing Gilbert Road, including a two-story office and retail building flanked by single-story restaurants to the north and south.