Success Stories

SUNSET RIDGE - San Antonio, Texas

Redevelopment of a Neighborhood Shopping Center

Originally constructed in 1951 to serve the affluent neighborhoods of Alamo Heights, Olmos Park and Terrell Hills, the Sunset Ridge Shopping Center has long been a favorite shopping destination for several generations of San Antonio families.

Barshop & Oles Company purchased the property in 1986 with plans to redevelop, expand, re-image and re-tenant the property.  At the same time, the company understood the importance of maintaining the original character, identity and compatibility of the property with the surrounding neighborhoods.

The resulting award winning design included the creative re-use of a former grocery store building as a unique Bookstop location, which was at that time an exciting new retail concept.  The center was expanded, creating new opportunities for several thriving local retailers to join the property, thus enhancing the tenant mix.  Finally, the company successfully helped several existing tenants relocate and expand within the project.  With strong support from the nearby neighborhoods, Sunset Ridge continues to be viewed by many as an Alamo Heights institution and a favorite place to relax and shop.


Multi-Phase Regional Community Center

Westgate Marketplace

With the decision to expand its large format food and drug stores in the Houston market, HEB Grocery Company identified a key tract of land in the rapidly growing Katy area in far west Houston.  Long owned by a well respected family from Mexico City, the property was the last vacant parcel at the key intersection of Interstate Highway 10 West and Fry Road and was not on the market for sale.

After many months of negotiation, Barshop & Oles Company successfully arranged for the purchase of the property from the owners.   A partnership was formed with HEB, and construction commenced soon thereafter on 40+ acres of multi phase retail development.  In early 2001,Westgate  Marketplace 2 the initial phase of the project opened to the public, featuring a 75,000 square foot HEB grocery store, which at the time was the company's largest store in the Houston market.

Phase II of the project, anchored by Kohl’s Department Store, Office Max and Sports Authority, commenced in 2002.  Shortly thereafter, additional national retailers, including Men’s Wearhouse, Pier 1 Imports and Rack Room Shoes, joined the project, which ultimately totaled over 290,000 square feet.


Successful Development in Environmentally Sensitive AreaFour Points

Home to several species of endangered native song birds, the hills, creeks and canyons of northwest Austin created a challenging development process for the Four Points Centre.  In a partnership with the HEB Grocery Company, Barshop & Oles Company effectively worked with the City of Austin and various federal agencies to develop Four Points Centre, a 125,000 square foot neighborhood retail center anchored by a 75,000 square foot HEB grocery store. 

Located at the prime intersection of FM 2222 and RM 620 near Lake Travis, the project opened in 1999 as the first large retail center of the trade area. The project was constructed with a “hill country” theme featuring native limestone façades, wooden storefronts, metal roofs and extensive native landscaping.  Barshop & Oles Company was able to balance the needs of the local residents with the desirable amenities of the surrounding environment while complying with important codes of the Hill Country Roadway Ordinance. Nestled among the trees, Four Points Centre continues to be an enormous success.

CENTRAL PARK  - Austin, Texas

Urban Mixed-Use Development

Central  ParkBarshop & Oles' Central Park development is more than just a success story -- it's become a tourist attraction in its own right. Those who visit the central Austin landmark have much to see: thriving retail shops, award-winning luxury apartments, and a specialty heart hospital and medical offices, woven together with trails and dotted with landscaped ponds designed to preserve the unique character of the property.

At the turn of the century, the original property at 38th and Lamar featured a lake that served as the center point for a day of picnicking, rowing, and relaxation. Today the site has become a model for urban-land development projects and is once again known as an urban retreat.

Central ParkThe project is anchored by HEB's Central Market, a specialty grocery store created specifically for the property. The concept has been hugely successful, leading HEB to open additional Central Market stores in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth and Dallas. The property's other two main tenants - Gables Central Park apartment community and the Heart Hospital of Austin -- complete the mixed-use development that is nestled in a park-like setting.

The location itself was the major obstacle that Barshop & Oles Company faced in creating Central Park. Four distinct, well-established neighborhoods bordered Central Park, and each neighborhood had its own concerns; including traffic, flooding, aesthetic, and environmental issues. The Barshop & Oles Team met weekly with the neighborhood associations, including them in the planning process. Many of their ideas were incorporated into the final design. The result is something that makes even the neighborhood skeptics happy: a traffic barrier to limit congestion in the Rosedale neighborhood, ponds to control flooding in the North University area, interior parking within the apartment community to give the area a more residential feel, and a focus on saving and utilizing native trees.

NORTHWOODS - San Antonio, Texas

Development of Mixed-Use Master-Planned Project

NorthwoodsForty years ago, when Sam Barshop bought a 145-acre parcel on the outskirts of San Antonio, it was a pretty lonely piece of property. Today, that land is home to Northwoods, a bustling mixed-use development at the hub of the most explosive growth in the city.

Designed to fit the needs of a growing, affluent community, the Northwoods development has retail shops, restaurants, a movie theater, a grocery store, hotels, apartment
Northwoodss, office buildings and more. Northwoods sits at the intersection of two major freeways, U.S. Highway 281 North and Loop 1604, and contains a system of interior roadways designed to facilitate easy access and efficiently circulate traffic.

In addition to designing and developing the infrastructure of the overall project, the Barshop & Oles team developed over 700,000 square feet of retail at Northwoods, with retailers including HEB Grocery, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Regal Cinema, Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, Marshall's, Academy Sports & Outdoors and Steinmart. The Company also developed a successful Hampton Inn in the project, which was one of the first limited service hotels along the Loop 1604 corridor. 


Retail Development  accompanied by Design and Construction of Public Roads and Infrastructure

HEBWhitestone Market was completed in 2004 in Cedar Park, Texas, a city located in Williamson County, one of Texas’ fastest growing counties. Located only 17 miles from the heart of downtown Austin, Cedar Park has experienced explosive population growth over the last two decades. Recognizing that this growth created a need for an additional grocery store for the community, Barshop & Oles Company (BOC) partnered with HEB Grocery Company to build a new grocery anchored retail center at the dynamic intersection of Parmer Lane and Whitestone Blvd. (FM 1431), an area that was largely undeveloped at the time. Although the number of residential roof tops near our site was nominal at the time, BOC realized the location’s strength and its future retail capacity. Parmer Lane is a major north-south arterial that stretches from northeast Austin all the way to Georgetown, TX, another growing community north of Cedar Park. Whitestone Blvd. (FM 1431) is the major east-west thoroughfare through Cedar Park that eventually runs along the north shore of Lake Travis and into the Hill County. From the date that it opened its doors, the HEB Grocery anchor has experienced strong sales and became one of the fastest growing stores in the HEB chain.

Significant planning and entitlement work with the City of Cedar Park was required in order to develop the project. BOC was asked to design and build a system of public roads on behalf of the City in order to provide true access to the project and to the adjacent multi-family and residential communities that now surround Whitestone Market. BOC also extended a variety of public utilities to the site. In exchange for this initial developer investment, the City was willing to enter into an Economic Development Agreement with BOC whereby portions of the infrastructure costs were repaid over time by the sales taxes generated by the project.



On a heavily wooded site with substantial slopes, BOC created an architecturally pleasing center that successfully compliments its surroundings. Native stone is used on the buildings along with wooden storefronts that give the project a natural, timeless feel. The native trees that were preserved are surrounded by lush landscaping and comfortable public areas. Whitestone Market set the palate and serves as the anchor for a phased development that now includes Home Depot, Whataburger, Discount Tire, Chase Bank, Firestone, Stepping Stone Schools and additional smaller merchant retail. It also served as the catalyst for an area that now includes multiple multi-family projects, many large residential subdivisions and three new schools from the well-respected Leander Independent School District. All of the growth forecast at the time that Whitestone Market was envisioned has occurred…plus more.