Shopping center to replace former San Marcos post office

Jun 6, 2014
Austin American Statesman

What was once a post office in the heart of downtown San Marcos will be redeveloped into a shopping center anchored by Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos


The building, at 301 N. Guadalupe St., has been vacant for more than a year after the U.S. Postal Service shut it down as part of a nationwide effort to cut costs


Postal services are now housed at a facility at 210 S. Stagecoach Trail, on the city’s western edge


New owners purchased the 18,000-square-foot former post office in December and plan to transform it this year into Guadalupe Station, a center that, in addition to Torchy’s Tacos, will feature Jersey Mike’s Subs, Sport Clips and Smoothie King


Discussions are underway with other possible tenants to fill space that remains, according to the Weitzman Group’s Casey Kopecky, who is handling leasing for the project


“From the start, the goal has been to create a lively, exciting and architecturally pleasing retail center within blocks of Texas State University,” Kopecky said. “We believe the confirmed retailers align seamlessly with that vision.”


At 4,000 square feet, Torchy’s will occupy about a quarter of the space in the shopping center. Being within walking distance of a college campus with more than 35,000 students made the project appealing to the growing chain, said Brittany Platt, director of marketing for Torchy’s


Torchy’s has been rapidly expanding in recent months, adding locations in Lubbock and Waco this year, Platt said. Katy, a suburb of Houston, is up next, followed by locations in Amarillo and San Antonio


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