MIDLOTHIAN — After breaking ground just over 16 months ago, the 53-acre Midlothian Towne Crossing is beginning to do more than just take shape — it's signing leases.

After city officials, investors and developers helped usher in Kroger Marketplace on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Dallas-based developer John Weber and Renzo Cella, vice president of Dallas-based NOVUS Realty Advisor LLC, initially told the Mirror the development planned to add approximately 10 pad sites for box retailers or restaurants. At the time of the ceremonial groundbreaking on the southeast corner of Farm-to-Market Road 663 (9th Street), and U.S. Highway 287, Weber stated Petco, Ulta cosmetics, Ross, Chick-fil-A and a shoe store were thought to be all-but-locked into a pad site.

On Tuesday afternoon, the City of Midlothian announced via its Facebook page that all four — Petco, Ulta cosmetics, Ross and Chick-Fil-A — were indeed confirmed as future tenants and has since added Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, Famous Footwear, Burkes and Panda Express.

"There are an additional six companies with pending leases or land purchases that will hopefully be confirmed soon," the announcement reads. "You will soon be able to enjoy retail therapy right here in Midlothian."

At the time of the groundbreaking, Weber told the Mirror, "I believe we have changed Dallas developers’ perspective of Midlothian. We have people driving down each day to look around."