Reimagine Retail, Restaurants and Recreation on Merle Hay Road

For developers seeking an ideal location for retail, restaurant and recreation options, Merle Hay Road in Johnston has ample opportunity. From the Merle Hay Gateway area all the way to the highly anticipated Johnston Town Center project, there are plenty of opportunities for businesses to thrive here in Johnston.

Merle Hay Gateway

Ignit Recreation Complex

 2021 construction of 212,400 square foot Ignit Recreation Complex anticipated


 City of Johnston recreational amenities planned near Ignit complex

Interstate Access

 More Gateway sites near 1-80/35 interchange development ready

Johnston Town Center

New Johnston City Hall

 Construction of new Johnston City Hall complete

Town Center

 Town center infrastructure slated for completion in June of 2021 

Economic Development

 Build-to-suit retail, restaurant, and office opportunities available 

Merle Hay Gateway

The City of Johnston approved a redevelopment plan that has set the stage for what should be a dramatic transformation to the front door of the city, giving the working and residential communities a lot to look forward to. Located just north of I-35/80, this area truly serves as the gateway to Johnston’s thriving community. With nearly 100,000 vehicles passing by daily on the interstate and nearly 31,900 vehicles passing by daily on Merle Hay Road, the location is ideal for retail shops and restaurants.

Johnston Town Center

The Johnston Town Center project is an initiative to encourage redevelopment of Merle Hay Road and create a commercial center for the city that will serve as a local destination for dining, shopping and entertainment. Construction of the new 24,000 SF City Hall and attached amphitheater kicked off the project in fall 2019. Development of The Yard, a splash pad, ice skating rink and the initial commercial buildings began in 2020.

5055 Merle Hay Road


  • 444,312 SF available
  • Call for pricing


Knapp Properties, Inc.
Brian Erickson
(515) 202-5035

5560 Merle Hay Road


  • 2 acre lot, 1,036 SF building space available
  • Sale price= $1,100,000


Cushman & Wakefield
Christopher Stafford, CCIM
(515) 554-0999

Heard Gardens


  • 827,640 SF available
  • Sale price = $2,500,000


Denny Elwell Company
Blake Brown
(515) 964-1587

Johnston Town Center


  • 108,000 SF available
  • Call for lease rates



Hansen Real Estate Services
Andy Vis
(515) 270-9166