The first buildings of The Ridge Shopping Center are beginning to sprout up near the new Costco Wholesale store at the southeast corner of Elk Grove Boulevard and Bruceville Road.

The buildings are being constructed by Ascent Builders on property owned by Pappas Investments.

Although Pappas Investments did not respond by deadline to a request for a list of signed tenants, Greg Uding, the project’s superintendent, said that Olive Garden restaurant and Stanton Optical are two of the center’s confirmed tenants. He added that a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant is “in negotiations” to sign a lease for a space in the center.

The project will include 15 buildings.

Construction on the center’s initial four buildings began in November. Uding mentioned that the first buildings should be completed in early July, and that some of the initial businesses should be in operation by mid-August.

“They will try to get in there before we’re done and get their (tenant improvements) started,” he said.

Ascent Builders is also in the process of building footings for two other structures on the site.

Depending on weather conditions, construction on those two buildings will begin in two to three weeks, Uding said, adding that the project fell behind by one month due to rainfall.

He stated that preparations for the shopping center started last April, two months after the groundbreaking for the 150,000-square-foot Costco store.

Early work on the shopping center site included completing lighting and a road off of Bruceville Road.

Ascent Builders also built parking areas and curbs, and added grass on open dirt areas to prevent the spreading of dust and dirt on the Costco site.

Uding said that all of the initial six buildings of the project are scheduled for completion on Aug. 24.

He added that the next phase of the shopping center will begin this summer or possibly earlier.