Canutillo experiencing population boom and influx of new businesses, including Nautica store


POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014 - 6:39pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 2:27pm

The western and northwestern portions of El Paso County are welcoming a “flood” of new stores, restaurants, service providers and residents according to County Commissioner Patrick Abeln.

The latest addition to the Canutillo community included the new Nautica Factory store, which opened Friday at The Outlet Shoppes on South Desert Boulevard.

“This outlet mall didn’t exist seven years ago [and] the overpass at Transmountain didn’t exist three years ago,” said Commissioner Abeln, who said he watched the area “grow from the ground up".

“Seeing this development is very exciting for me.”

Shoppers at the outlet mall also said they were excited about the new H&M store scheduled to open during the coming months. The Swedish retailer has not announced an opening date.

“I’m happy they’re coming because I’ll have a lot more variety as a shopper,” said Rachelle Williams.

“I [now] have a lot more stores like I see in New York or Chicago when I go shopping there.”

In addition to a larger selection of clothes, Williams said she’s pleased the growth of stores at The Outlet Shoppes now allows her to shop for herself and her two sons at a single location.

“It’s so great. I picked up backpacks and sneakers from the Nike store for them, and now I can go to Ann Taylor Loft for myself.”

County services - including public street maintenance, sewer systems and storm drainage - will undergo a similar consolidation during the next few weeks according to Abeln.

A new Northwest Annex will bring together various service providers, allowing for greater efficiency as the area grows.

“The infrastructure is coming very quickly,” said Abeln, who noted other parts of the county would also see spurts in population and commercial development.

“People certainly are going to expand into both the northwestern portion of the county [as well as] the eastern portion.”

The population of Canutillo already increased about 25 percent between 2000 and 2010 according to the latest census.

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