FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth
4200 S Freeway Suite 2500
Fort Worth, TX 76115
La Gran Biblioteca to open as Fort Worth Public Library’s first retail-based location at La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth
February 18, 2022 (Fort Worth, TX)
The community is invited to join the Fort Worth Public Library in celebrating the opening of its newest location inside La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 26th, at 4200 South Freeway, Fort Worth, TX.
La Gran Biblioteca is located on the second level of La Gran Plaza Mall, next to the main entrance of the Mercado, in Suite 1338. This new library is a relocation of the former Seminary South branch.
The celebration will kick off with La Gran Plaza Mariachi performing at 10:15 a.m., followed by remarks from community leaders and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Special activities and free giveaways will be available at the new library while supplies last, including 500 new books donated by EECU Credit Union. Community partners such as the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, EECU and Panther City Lacrosse Club will join in the day’s festivities.
The new library will offer services and programming similar to other Fort Worth Public Library locations, including a variety of Spanish and English language books, media for all ages, public computers, story times and activities. Although La Gran Biblioteca itself has just under 3,000 square feet, there is room within La Gran Plaza to conduct large programs and events, and is a unique opportunity to reach more people within the community.
“We are excited about what moving to La Gran Plaza will mean for the library and the community,” said Branch Manager Ariel Corral. “Being in La Gran Plaza will give us many opportunities to take advantage of the existing foot traffic and turn them into regular library users. The shared spaces in La Gran Plaza will give us a chance to do more and bigger programs as well.”
La Gran Biblioteca has been years in the making. The project aligns with the library’s facility master plan in providing services to the community outside of traditional branches. The process to build a new facility from scratch takes multiple years to plan, fund through a bond election, design, and construct. The initial cost is much higher than operating inside an existing structure.
“By co-locating at La Gran Plaza, the more than 80,000 annual visitors we saw at Seminary South will now be able to experience the vibrant culture found inside the La Gran Plaza when they come visit us,” said Manya Shorr, interim Assistant City Manager. “It’s a win/win for the library and the retailer and is an example of the innovative approach to expanding locations that Fort Worth needs.”
The former Seminary South library location will have a new life later this year as the new home to the Fort Worth Public Library’s Genealogy, Local History and Archives unit. Their move from downtown will provide easier access for those conducting family or historical research.
La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth® is a super regional mall that continues to thrive with new incoming local, national and regional retailers, and pad sites under development. La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth® provides visitors in the surrounding Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex with a comfortable and exciting place to shop, eat and play. Conveniently located on the northwest corner of Seminary Drive and I-35W in the growing city of Fort Worth Texas, visitors can enjoy a first-class shopping experience with abundant restaurants and exceptional entertainment including live weekend events, huge indoor playgrounds, private art collection, and even a three-story slide modeled after the Tate Museum slide in London! La Gran Plaza is a true multi-use facility. Its office buildings house several State and City government tenants and small and large business owners. La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth® is always looking for new and exciting tenants to add to its distinct tenant base.
ABOUT BOXER RETAIL
La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth® is managed by Boxer Retail, through its subsidiary Grupo Zocalo. Boxer Retail is a real estate firm that specializes in improving the value of commercial retail properties and is responsible for leasing and managing retail properties throughout the United States. For more information about Boxer Retail and its services, please visit www.BoxerRetail.com.