The latest news on the Fort Bragg Freedom Crossing Mall

FORT BRAGG — Construction on an 85,000-square-foot mall anchored by a movie theater in Fort Bragg is expected to begin this fall, an Army & Air Force Exchange Service spokesperson said this week.

The AAFES Board of Directors approved the construction of the Freedom Crossing Center at Fort Bragg in November 2014.

In November 2018, the project was estimated at $27 million.

Although there have been delays in starting the project, including due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the center is “receiving enthusiastic feedback from locals and national retailers,” said Chris Ward, spokesperson for the AAFES.

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A a similar project, also known as Freedom Crossing, completed construction at Fort BlissTexas, in 2010.

Plans say the mall will be located on 16 acres off Woodruff Street, near the North Post Exchange and behind the Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center.

AAFES is partnering with Endeavor Real Estate Group for the project, Ward said.

“A lease was recently completed with CW Theatres, a major multi-screen entertainment presenter, as well as many branded specialty retailers, with a mix of casual, fast food and quick service restaurant tenants,” he said. declared.

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A website for development lists confirmed tenants as follows: CW Theatres, Chipotle, Firehouse Subs, Sakura, Black Rifle Coffee Co., Lee Nail & Spa, Patriot Outfitters, Smoothie King, Nestle, Great Clips and 5.11 Tactical

According to the development website, Auntie Anne’s pretzels has signed a letter of intent and a lease is being negotiated with a burger restaurant.

Ward said that pending the results of a full assessment later this summer, Freedom Crossing at Fort Bragg could open by fall 2024.

Writer Rachael Riley can be reached at [email protected] or 910-486-3528.

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