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The Shops at Clearfork

5188 Monahans Ave.

Fort Worth 76109.

www.simon.com/mall/the-shops-at-clearfork

Fort Worth retail is changing rapidly and the Sept. 14 grand opening of The Shops at Clearfork Fort Worth reflected those market shifts both locally and nationally.

The 500,000-square-foot, open-air center offers a mix of luxury apparel, jewelry, home furnishings and restaurants in a setting that was once part of the legendary Edwards Ranch.

Clearfork is a partnership between retail developer Simon and Cassco Development Co., the Edwards family’s business developer of the 270-acre Clearfork mixed-use development, to bring high-end retail to the sprawling master-planned, mixed-use development in southwest Fort Worth.

Twelve new stores are now open, joining Neiman Marcus, which opened a 90,000-square-foot store in February.

Anchored by Neiman Marcus, The Shops at Clearfork will be home to luxury, home furnishing and specialty retailers including Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Tiffany & Co., Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Z Gallerie and Arhaus.

Additional retail destinations that were announced during the grand opening include: Mizzen+Main; Tesla; Out on a Limb Boutique; NuVitrum; Starbucks; Grand Nail Salon, opening this September; Kendra Scott, opening December 2017; Clean Juice Bar, opening December 2017; Stanley Eisenman Shoes, opening December 2017 and T-Mobile, opening December 2017.

Along with retailers comes food and Clearfork has a mix of new regional and national restaurants and entertainment options slated to open beginning this week and throughout 2018, including rise nº3, B&B Butchers & Restaurant, City Works Eatery & Pour House, Crú Food and Wine Bar, Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, Fixe, Luna Grill, Malai Kitchen, Mesero, Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, and entertainment options AMC Theatres and Pinstripes. There’s also Dance With Me, a dance studio started by three of the dancers with Dancing With the Stars.

“The Shops at Clearfork is evidence of Simon’s commitment to bringing the finest our industry has to offer to the Fort Worth community,” said John Rulli, president of Simon Malls and chief administrative officer. “We are confident that the combination of a vibrant mix of retail, restaurants and family-friendly amenities will make The Shops at Clearfork a timeless asset for the city.”

While some of the retailers are new to Fort Worth, some are retailers like Mizzen+Main, primarily a brand that sells online, but is opening a few select retail stores that may only be open for a while.

Mizzen+Main sells performance menswear designed to be both comfortable, stylish and wrinkle-free. Much of the Dallas-based retailer’s business has, up to now, been online and in selected retailers.

There is art, too. The Shops at Clearfork boasts 14 fine art pieces by some of the nation’s most notable artists, five of whom are Texas based. Fort Worth’s Artspace111 consulted with developers Simon and Cassco to curate, broker and install a growing collection of artwork.

One example, just outside the rise nº3 restaurant is Sweet Carrot from the Wild Crops Collection by Dallas-based Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin. It’s a bronze sculpture of a carrot with bird feet.

“It’s a fun piece,” said Oldham. “I think kids and adults will like it.”

The most prominent piece of art is Windmill, by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin, a 40-foot high, functional windmill using steel and colored-acrylic panels. The inclusion of mechanized elements allows the power generated by the blades of the Windmill to be converted to electricity to run the programmed lights of the piece itself.

For more on opening weekend events:

www.fortworthbusiness.com/news/grand-opening-celebration-weekend-begins-today-at-the-shops-at/article_d2a7c97c-97d2-11e7-830a-0bc7e45156e4.html

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