New Life Coming to Village Square | Business
Six new businesses in the last six months are pumping new life into the Village Square shopping center.
Ten years ago, Village Square at the corner of Ft. Apache Road and Sahara Avenue was bustling with business. However, newer shopping centers in the area along with the recession hurt it.
"Village Square was pretty popular, packed with stores. Some of my favorites were, I believe, it was The Cottage. A little, cute boutique store and the party store," nearby resident Traci Bixenmann said. "And slowly over the years, it has kind of closed down."
Now, new businesses and new restaurants, like Bachi Burger, are bringing new life to the center. This is only the second location in Las Vegas for Bachi Burger, but the chef says it is a perfect fit.
"We like the center because it is wide open. You have the movie theatre right next door. We thought it would be a good fit for this area,” Chef Lorin Watada said.
The restaurant is holding a grand opening Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. In addition to Bachi Burger, a new candy story, a massage school, antique shop and fashion boutique are now tenants at the center. The owner of the boutique says he chose Village Square to set up his store called Sparkle because of the potential.
"It was really was a nice place. I looked around and there were a lot of things that could be done here. I really like it. It just felt right," Sparkle owner Rudolph Concepcion said.
It is not just new stores that are helping improve the shopping center. New owners of the property are giving it a makeover. Sentinel Development plans an outdoor seating area, new signs, easier parking and modernized buildings. There are even plans for an ice skating rink. Another new business is slated to open in July.