Celina’s first Walmart to be part of bigger vision for fast-growing city

Apr 2024
Anna Butler

Walmart will be the centerpiece of a new development in one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s fastest-growing communities.

The Shawnee Trail Development spans 190 acres and will feature urban residential alongside extensive retail and dining options.(REX Real Estate)

G-Man Development has teamed up with Walmart Real Estate, the City of Celina and its economic development corporation on a mixed-use development slated to be anchored by the retailer’s first store in the city.

Located on the northwest quadrant of Preston Road and Collin County Outer Loop, the forthcoming Shawnee Trail Development will feature urban residential, along with an approximately 200,000-square-foot Walmart, among other retailers and dining options.

“It is exciting to know that Celina will be the first community to welcome this newest Walmart concept that has been in the planning stages for several years now,” said Rex Real Estate’s Matthew Kiran.

Special attention has been paid to incorporating green space, open space, trails and water features throughout the 190-acre mixed-use project located in Collin County.

In its village-like layout, Shawnee Trail is slated to incorporate materials and architecture that will reflect its historic past as a means to drive longhorn cattle to Missouri. Preston Road now follows the path of the Shawnee Trail.

G-Man Development is working with Nelson Partners Architects and Planners, along with KFM Engineering and Design, on the project.

The Stainback Organization’s Kent and Luke Stainback represented Walmart.

Thomas Glendenning of Shop Companies will oversee leasing at the development.

Shawnee Trail marks the first project being developed under the Glendenning 1887 brand in the Collin County city. The firm expects to announce another major master-planned development in Celina soon.

A draw for the firm name, Rex Glendenning of Rex Real Estate’s great-grandfather moved to Celina in 1887 to farm.

The new Walmart is part of the retailer’s push to open 150 new stores across the U.S. in the next five years, with four new stores slated for Texas. Walmart projects the Celina outpost will break ground in August.

Celina has seen an uptick in retailers heading to the area. San Antonio’s H-E-B recently revealed it has added a second site in the city for potential future use within Centurion American Development Group’s sprawling Legacy Hills master-planned development. Brookshire’s, based in Tyler, also recently unveiled a freshly renovated store in Celina.

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