Work should begin "any day now" on Ichiban Square, a shopping center that will be built near the Perkins Road-Essen Lane intersection.

A number of tenants have signed leases in the 23,726-square-foot center at 7673 Perkins, including Smoothie King, an ice cream parlor, a nail salon and a full-service pharmacy that does deliveries, said Carmen Austin, an agent with Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate, who is handling leasing for Ichiban Square.

"We think there will be good demand from the neighborhoods around the center," Austin said.

Plans are for Ichiban Square to open in mid-August.

The shopping center will be on a 2.7-acre parcel that is held by the owners of Ichiban, a nearby sushi and hibachi restaurant. Several years ago, there were plans to relocate Ichiban from 5741 Essen Lane to the site, but that project was delayed. Instead Ichiban underwent an extensive expansion and renovation in 2013.

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