El Paso, TX (KDBC) — Ten new local stores and three new local restaurants will soon open their doors at Montecillo in West El Paso. Some of those businesses will set up shop inside of 80 to 200 foot shipping containers converted to retail space.
The project will benefit local business owners who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to open a store.
"The concept is to really give people the opportunity to get involved in a good project without having to overcommit to long leases and big overhead as far as square footage shows," said Rida Asfahani from Root Architects, who is the lead architect on the project.
Linet Vela will open her local clothing and accessories store, Le Trendy, in one of the converted shipping containers.
"It's a different concept for El Paso. We're always for new stuff and we always try to support local and independent projects," she said.
Vela's husband, a local designer, will also open up a showroom at Montecillo. She is also partnering with her sister on a home décor store. She said starting a business isn't easy, but the project gives small business owners a shot a success.
"The designs, the concepts, the types of restaurants, the types of bakeries, the types of everything are local and that's what we're promoting," said David Bogas, Director of Development at EPT Land Communities.
The retail project is expected to be complete in March, 2014.
There are plans for an Alamo Drafthouse at Montecillo, which offers dinner drinks and a movie under one roof.
Bogas said construction on the drafthouse is scheduled to start in four to five months and should be complete by late 2014.