North Phoenix Shopping…The Shops at Norterra!

28 01 2009

Colin C. Stevens
North Valley Specialist

This week, I have chosen to do a bit about the recently opened Shops at Norterra in my neck of the woods. It is located just east of the I-17 at Happy Valley Road in northern Phoenix, AZ.

Since it has opened, I have visited here several times to watch movies (the Harkins here is cheaper than AMC30), and dine out, but I have never gone there to soak in its essence. So, with camera in hand I parked my car and began the walk.

First thing that came to my mind was, “Wow, this reminds me of an outdoor mall I went to in San Diego last year.” The outdoor setup has become increasingly popular in Arizona. The Shops at Norterra is a pleasant mix of traditional malls (one giant parking lot, park & walk 2 miles into the anchors) and a mini downtown city center with streets running through the whole development, and angled parking in front of shops along the “main street.”

Second, I couldn’t help but notice how vacant the place was! But then it hit me…it’s Friday afternoon at 3 pm. Most people aren’t out of work or school yet, and those that are have already accomplished their errands for the day, and are most likely picking children up from school or at home preparing for the evening.

Third, I noticed the variety of stores. Many new ones had opened since I last came here! I won’t deny I had a little burst of joy when I saw the new Men’s Wearhouse. I meandered up and down the main street to find a Victoria’s Secret, Apricot Lane, Sauce (restaurant), Sunglass Hut, and many other new additions. I’m eager to see it again once the rest of the stores take place!

My take on this new shopping center: like it. Location: prime since shopping centers are still sparse this far north, thus making shopping more convenient for residents close by and all the way north to Anthem and New River. The feel: obviously relaxing, as it reminds me of an amazing vacation in San Diego. The design: pleasing to my eyes. Between The Shops at Norterra and The Happy Valley Towne Center across the street, one should have no problem finding what they desire.

For a complete list of stores, visit The Shops at Norterra and fora quick video drive through of the complex, visit another Shops at Norterra post

For more shopping, see my previous post– Arrowhead Towne Center (originally posted Dec 11, 2008, re posted earlier this month)

As always, feel free to give me your thoughts!

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5 responses

8 02 2009
brianculhane

Great Blog! Very Imformative…

14 03 2009
North Phoenix Shops At Norterra…continued « Colin C Stevens…Journey to “30 Under 30″

[…] At Norterra…continued 14 03 2009 Here is the follow up to my previous blogpost on The Shops At Norterra!  Previously did a commentary on the development, and now a video to give somewhat of an idea to […]

8 12 2009
Phoenix Neighborhood-Entrada « ReMyousEstate…Real Estate, Music, and You

[…] with a range of housing options and great proximity to Arrowhead Mall (aka Arrowhead Towne Center), Shops at Norterra, and both the I-17 and Loop 101 Freeways in Northwest […]

10 01 2010
Phoenix Neighborhood Update-Entrada #2 « ReMyousEstate…Real Estate, Music, and You

[…] of several housing options and close proximity to Arrowhead Mall (aka Arrowhead Towne Center), Shops at Norterra, and both the I-17 and Loop 101 Freeways in Northwest Phoenix, […]

28 01 2010

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