A development project months in the making is finally getting some traction.

Barefoot Market has sealed the deal with Malcolm and Taylor Kanute with Keewaydin Developments to join Tarleton Crossings at the South Loop.

The 13-acre project, which is located behind the old Fiddle Creek Restaurant and expands to both sides of Harbin, will include restaurant and retail space and a four-story hotel that will include 90-100 rooms and meeting center.

“This is exciting because it means our project is off the ground,” Malcolm Kanute said Tuesday. “This project is for real.”

Barefoot Market is owned by Mark and Cole Kloster.

The father-son duo plan to expand Barefoot Market into a 5,500 square foot, two-story building with upper deck seating. 

“We are just excited about bringing healthier options to the people of Stephenville,” said Mark Kloster. “We want to educate the community on eating better and give them a local place to do this.”

The new store will include a large selection of organic produce, a commercial kitchen to prepare onsite and carryout meals, natural and organic healthcare items and a smoothie station. 

Construction is set to begin in six-eight weeks.

“The Stephenville Economic Development Authority congratulates the Kanute family and the Kloster family for their partnership. This collaboration serves to kick-start the Tarleton Crossings development while showcasing commercial and entrepreneurial growth in Stephenville,” said Jeff Sandford, executive director of SEDA. “When complete, this multi-faceted development will diversify options for our citizens as well as for those who choose to visit our community in the future. We look forward to seeing how this investment – as well as others which will soon follow – positively impacts the economic base of our area.”