The second phase of The Grove retail development, anchored by Atwoods, is taking shape along U.S. Highway 77. Its new 16,000-square foot building will open this fall, providing space for retail stores and restaurants.

Jeffrey Yarbrough, United Country Real Estate CEO, stated The Grove is a place that will add to the community’s quality of life with its shops, restaurants, and amenities for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“People are coming to Ellis County, and they need options besides fast foods or national chains,” Yarbrough said. “We want that entrepreneur that is going to be creative and give something different to the community and the surrounding communities.”

Yarbrough stated The Grove will eventually feature a lake with a walking trail and noted there are also plans for an outdoor stage and fountains. He hopes for the development to become a gathering place for the community.

Jamie Castro, an associate with United Country Estate, stated the development creates a unique community space.

“The Grove is a place where the community can come to shop, dine, and gather,” Castro said. “There is a lot of walkability.”

Castro explained the developer on the project, Scott Pendery, wanted to create a place that would deliver a lasting contribution to the community, which it is doing. She added the first store that opened in March, Atwoods, is thriving and people love the products the store offers.

The new businesses that will be opening in this phase of the Grove include Three Rivers Coffee, Upscale Nails and Spa, Salon 180O, SMD Designs+Boutique, and Branded Burger. There are also future phases to add additional retail and restaurants.

Lorena Richie, co-owner of Three Rivers Coffee, stated they are ecstatic to share their love of coffee with the community.

“We moved here seven years ago and just loved Waxahachie and knew this is where we wanted to stay. We opened an IT company here and are working on this,” Richie said. “We are trying to stay as local as we can with vendors, bean roasters and everyone that we deal with to support the community.”

Richie said the name of the coffee shop comes from the three rivers she grew up near in Alaska — the Kenai, Russian, and Kasilof rivers. The shop hopes to open in October.

Richie said she desires that when people come to the shop that they feel welcome. She added she wants the shop to become apart of the community and connect with its customers.

Yarbrough stated he hopes The Grove draws in residents not only from Waxahachie but across Ellis County and beyond.

The Grove is located in the 2900 block of U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie.