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Phase I of the $78.5 million west-side Springfield Plaza development is complete, with all four of its tenants now open.

Ross Dress for Less became the last tenant to launch in the center on Oct. 7, following Shoe Show Inc.’s Shoe Dept. Encore opening around Oct. 1, Burlington Stores Inc. on Sept. 8 and Petco Animal Supplies Inc. on July 24, according to Springfield Business Journal archives and the companies. The 91,000-square-foot strip center anchors Springfield Plaza.

“They’re all open and we’re glad to see it,” said Tom Rankin, co-developer of Rankin Development LLC.

Next up is Phase II of the 98-acre development near West Bypass and Sunshine Street.

Rankin said the second phase will comprise the addition of 60,000 square feet to the shopping center. The expansion will elongate the current building to the west of Burlington. He said construction would not start until tenants are secured. Ideally, work would begin in the spring.

“If everything comes together just right, we might be able to hit a fall opening at this time next year,” Rankin said.

Phase I general contractor Morelock-Ross Builders Inc. and architect Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative would stay on for the next phase of the project, he said, which would bring the shopping center to more than 150,000 square feet.

BioLife Plasma Services’ second Springfield office was the first project at Springfield Plaza, where lots also have been purchased by companies such as Cape Girardeau-based Plaza Tire Service.

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