A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for the Plaza 611 Shopping Center and the now fully leased Bartonsville Square in Bartonsville.
The event marked the start of work to bring two fast food restaurants and a 6,000-square-foot Mexican restaurant to the busy commercial corridor near the intersection of Interstate 80 and Routes 611 and 33, near St. Luke’s Monroe Hospital.
Construction has begun on a Chick-fil-A and Taco Bell at the Plaza 611 Shopping Center.
Meanwhile, La Tolteca Mexican restaurant will be built in Bartonsville Square. The last property to be leased in the development, the restaurant should be open by spring. La Tolteca is a small, East Coast chain.
This shopping center also is home to Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ulta, The Vitamin Shoppe, PetValu, Pocono Pharmacy and Kay Jewelers, as well as Lehigh Valley Medical Center and Hampton Inn & Suites.
The development is a project of DEPG, a development company specializing in retail shopping centers in the Poconos, and Legend Properties, a full-service commercial real estate and brokerage firm serving eastern and central Pennsylvania.
James DePetris, general partner of DEPG and CEO of Legend, said this is a rapidly growing retail corridor in the region.
“We’re very enthused to bring these three restaurants to the area,” he said. “They’re going to do well.”