By Eric Heinz
Gene and Teresa Lucero, owners of Plaza38, recently celebrated the completion of the construction and full occupancy of the shopping center.
Tenants include the addition of Nana’s Cocina- Authentic New Mexican Cuisine. Cung Sushi and What’s Happening Café complete the Plaza38 Food Hall, Gene Lucero said, which has been under construction since 2018. Other tenants include Aladdin Mediterranean Grill, Kaladi’s Bros. Coffee, the Milky Way Ice Cream and Coffee Bar, and The Bar at Plaza38, or Bar38, which is the centerpiece of the new food hall.
“Getting to the end (of construction) was the biggest thing,” Lucero said. He is most proud of finalizing “the evolution and improvement of the concept that we did not initially plan on,” the food hall.
The celebration of the reopening in July included a DJ and a small car show, as well as a full week of festive specials at Bar38. The Food Hall features a photographic exhibit of Northside landmarks and events curated by local artist Jeremy “Jolt” Ulibarri and a banner mural by Emanuel Martinez.
The other tenants in the plaza are Commerce Bank, Snappy Nails, 38th Modern Dental, Mathnasium, Rush Cycle, Mountain West Financial, Whole Property Management, D4 Architecture, St. Peter Excavating, and Welcome Home Property Management. The plaza is anchor-leased by Keller Williams Realty Urban Elite where Lucero has merged the former Lucero Real Estate. Lucero has become a principal and serves as its managing broker.
The Luceros initially sold the commercial space to Trammel Crow Residential Development in 2015 and re-purchased the space in 2017 for about $3.7 million, public records show.