OdySea in the Desert announces first look at retailers

A rendering of the courtyard. (Submitted photo)

A rendering of the courtyard. (Submitted photo)

OdySea in the Desert has released its first wave of retailers who are committed to the developers ultimate vision of combining retail, entertainment, music, food and drinks.

Once a mix of undeveloped farmland and open desert, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has been transforming into a thriving multi-purpose entertainment district which combines shopping and entertainment opportunities suitable for a variety of different uses including OdySea Aquarium, according to a press release.

In recent years, the stretch of land along Loop 101 between Indian Bend and Shea has become home to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball Spring Training Complex, Top Golf at Riverwalk, Talking Stick Resort and Casino, Butterfly Wonderland and now OdySea in the Desert.

OdySea in the Desert is a 35-acre, multi-level, quarter billion dollar mixed use retail entertainment complex.

The development features a 200,000 square foot state of the art aquarium, 77,000 square feet of retail shops and restaurants, a 40,000 square foot Butterfly Wonderland, a 180’ tall sky wheel, a 78’ indoor sky-diving facility and a 4-acre flagship water based attraction described by project officials as the Aquatic Oasis.

The Shops at OdySea in the Desert offer retail and restaurant suites ranging from 1,000 to 6,500 square feet and will host innovative concepts from some of the world’s top restaurateurs and retail brands. The first floor will cater to retailers, while the main level will house an array of unique, high-energy restaurants for visitors seeking an extraordinary culinary experience, the release stated.

Locally-based real estate company, ORION Investment Real Estate, has been working in tandem with the developer over the past several months to complete the leasing of the project.

“Opening a retail shop or restaurant at The Shops at OdySea in the Desert is a once in a life time opportunity! We are thrilled to be announcing our first wave of retailers committed to the project and equally excited to announce many more to come,” stated ORION’s Vice President of Leasing Adam Lopez, in the release.

In addition to high-end seafood, steakhouse, and asian concepts, the project will also house family-friendly staples like Johnny Rockets and an old fashioned Ice Cream Parlor.

ORION has only been promoting the project for the past four months and has attained lease commitments for over 50 percent of the project with an additional 32 percent in pre-lease negotiations, stated the release.

The Shops at OdySea in the Desert represent the changing face of retail, blending entertainment and the shopping experience.

“Top Retail brands have been evolving. They are looking for ways to create a more dynamic, entertaining atmosphere in order to get their customers interested in their product,” stated Mr. Lopez in the release. “The Shops at OdySea in the Desert is at the nucleus of this one-of-a-kind entertainment project in the heart of the Entertainment District in Arizona,” continues Spiro.

Though leasing up quickly, ORION says they are particularly interested in attracting operators in the sports bar/grills, barbecue, Mexican food, vegetarian/vegan and coffee categories.

For leasing opportunities, contact Mr. Lopez with ORION Investment Real Estate at 480-656-1632.

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