Poplar Plaza Construction Moving Along

Build-out construction is moving right along at Poplar Plaza, the 360,000-square-foot center at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street in the University of Memphis area.

The Daily News first reported in Septemeber the changes on tap for the more than 60-year-old retail center. In January 2011, Bookstar vacated its 18,000-square-foot home of 19 years at 3402 Poplar Ave.

Taking its place will be Osaka Japanese Cuisine, which will occupy about 7,300 square feet of the total space.

In addition, Gould’s Day Spa and Salon will relocate from Poplar Plaza’s suite 5 into the approximately 5,000 square feet that formerly housed Starbucks Corp. inside Bookstar. The general contractor for the Gould’s project is Metro Construction.

Also relocating is Momentum Rehab, which will take the balance of the back portion of the property that faces Prescott Street.

"Gould's Salon Spa" sign lit up at Poplar Avenue and Prescott Street.

Gould's sign reads, "Coming March 2012" along its storefront in Poplar Plaza.

Project management services for Poplar Plaza are being handled by CB Richard Ellis Memphis, in conjunction with landlord Burlington, Mass.-based Finard Properties Inc., architecture firm Thoda & Associates PLLC.