Four Points President, Ray Freer digs in to help with Randall’s Ground Breaking Ceremony

From The Hill Country News:

The groundbreaking for Quinlan Crossing and Randalls — set to open Spring of 2012 — has been years in the making.

“This represents many years of hard work,” said Jim Reuter, Property Development Centers Vice President of Development. PDC is developing the project and is a subsidiary of Safeway Inc, which is Randalls’ parent.

About 70 community members, Randalls and PDC executives and staff, and Four Points Chamber of Commerce members were at the groundbreaking event held on the spot Randalls will sit.

The new 60,000-square-foot Randalls will be part of the 137,681-square-foot, mixed-use Quinlan Crossing shopping center at 5145 RM 620 N.

“This is continuing the vision of the original plans of Steiner Ranch, a master planned community where we live, work, shop and play,” said Robert Long, Director of Development Taylor Morrison of Texas Inc., Steiner’s developer.

This is the first Texas project for PDC.

“They say everything is bigger and better in Texas, so this is a good place to showcase our newest lifestyle store,” Reuter said.

The supermarket will feature a Starbucks, full-service meat and seafood departments, expanded produce department with lots of locally grown produce, and natural and organic offerings.

“Randalls has been in Austin since 1972, for about 40 years. It is a great place for us to do business,” said Randalls President Paul McTavish.

Randalls is also the newest member of the Four Points Chamber.

Quinlan Crossing is in the process of signing leases with restaurants, a bank and other amenities, Reuter said.

PDC bought the 60-acre site on Jan. 26 from Taylor Woodrow Communities. The Quinlan Crossings site plan was approved by the city of Austin on Jan. 18, a process that started last April.

The shopping center will sit on approximately 15 acres and the remaining 45 acres will remain natural and undisturbed.

Randalls prides itself on being a good corporate citizen, McTavish said.

To date the chain has given over $36 million to over 8,000 non-profits in Texas including the Capital Area Food Bank, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Austin, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Breast Cancer Resource Center and more.

Randalls currently operates 13 stores in Austin, 35 stores in greater Houston, and 63 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex under the Tom Thumb banner.