Retail & Restaurants Developments

  • St. Cloud establishing downtown historic district with new tax incentives

    St. Cloud establishing downtown historic district with new tax incentives

    The St. Cloud City Council approved an ordinance establishing a Downtown Historic District on Thursday, putting policies in place that will add a layer of regulation and design standards for property owners in the district. The ordinance also creates financial incentives -- including tax abatement --...

  • Artisan ice cream truck owner seeks retail space for expansion

    Artisan ice cream truck owner seeks retail space for expansion

    A veteran Brazilian chef who has established artisan ice cream truck Froby's over the past month while parked at International Premium Outlets is seeking local retail space, with an aim to establish two storefronts in Orlando over the next year.  Using only fresh fruit, imported chocolate and organic...

  • Shopping plaza at Kissimmee downtown gateway sells for $8M

    Shopping plaza at Kissimmee downtown gateway sells for $8M

    A Brazilian-led investment group has acquired a Kissimmee shopping center and 7-Eleven gas station at one of the most prominent corner intersections in the city. Vine Street Plaza Investors LLC paid $8 million on Dec. 1 for the 4.3 acres at the northwest quadrant of Main and Vine streets, facing...

  • Magic Development looking to add more retail to Magic Place Phase 1

    Magic Development looking to add more retail to Magic Place Phase 1

    Just weeks from breaking ground on the $1.7 billion Magic Place community, Magic Development is tweaking its Phase 1 site plan to add more retail space. Project Manager Hector Lizasuain told GrowthSpotter the company will delay construction of its 20,000-square-foot corporate headquarters and sales...

  • Carvana vending machine

    Carvana vending machine

    This promotional video from Carvana shows the Nashville-based "car vending machine" in action. 

  • Auto dealer Carvana buys I-4 site for 8-story 'car vending machine'

    Auto dealer Carvana buys I-4 site for 8-story 'car vending machine'

    Phoenix-based online auto dealer Carvana.com has purchased land fronting Interstate 4 for its first Orlando-area "car vending machine." Carvana, which opened delivery service in Orlando this past spring, paid $1.6 million for the 2.84-acre parcel on the 3500 block of Rio Vista Avenue, directly...

  • MMI breaks ground on $8.1M Apopka interchange, apts & retail to follow

    MMI breaks ground on $8.1M Apopka interchange, apts & retail to follow

    MMI Development celebrated the recent groundbreaking on Thursday of a $8.1 million interchange it's building in Apopka at the S.R. 414 intersection with Marden Road, which by mid-2017 will provide a large part of the city new interconnectivity, and open 72 acres of MMI land to new development. ...

  • Crescent preps construction start after buying Lucerne site in Downtown Orlando

    Crescent preps construction start after buying Lucerne site in Downtown Orlando

    Crescent Communities will break ground this month with Brasfield & Gorrie on a two-year construction timeline for its Crescent Lucerne mixed-use project in south Downtown Orlando, and is actively seeking more sites after selling two local apartment assets within the past year, a lead executive...

  • Developer revives expansion plans for Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

    Developer revives expansion plans for Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

    A long-awaited expansion of the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores retail outlet on Orlando’s tourism corridor may be finally coming to fruition. Countyline Properties LLC, an affiliate of the shopping center's owner, developer and manager, Sutton Properties of St. Petersburg, has submitted documents...

  • Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to develop construction plans

    Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to develop construction plans

    Sutton Properties, owner of Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores near Walt Disney World, can now develop civil construction plans to submit for building permits on its outlet mall expansion and will pursue a loan for the $22 million project, president Sam Sutton told GrowthSpotter.  As the shopping...

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  • AV Homes seeks to add more commercial in Poinciana area

    AV Homes seeks to add more commercial in Poinciana area

    AV Homes is seeking to add more commercial uses along the Bellalago corridor of Pleasant Hill Road in Poinciana. The homebuilder has applied for a PD amendment to its Isles of Bellalago development, formerly known as Bellalago West. The 588-home community across from AV Homes' original Bellalago stretches...

  • Andy's Frozen Custard has I-Drive land under contract for first Florida restaurant

    Andy's Frozen Custard has I-Drive land under contract for first Florida restaurant

    Missouri-based Andy's Frozen Custard has N. International Drive land under contract for its first restaurant in Florida, and has yet to hire a local civil engineer or general contractor, a lead franchisee with the company told GrowthSpotter.   The buyer has gone hard with a non-refundable deposit...

  • Plans updated for Destination Shoppes on Universal with national retail tenant

    Plans updated for Destination Shoppes on Universal with national retail tenant

    Estero-based ComTerra Development Group and partner Craft Development Corp. of Toronto are progressing on the first stage of their 20-acre Destination Shoppes at Universal, filing updated plans this week that show the first phase of buildings and a national tenant.  A revised Development Plan was...

  • Tavistock files plans for Phase 2A of Lake Nona Town Center, pursues tenants

    Tavistock files plans for Phase 2A of Lake Nona Town Center, pursues tenants

    Tavistock Development Company filed Master Plan documents with the city of Orlando on Tuesday for the next phase of its Lake Nona Town Center, launching a stage of schematic and civil design over the next year to help it recruit tenants for more than 800,000 square feet of commercial space. A Framework...

  • California citrus leader buys Lake Buena Vista retail site w/new 20-year NNN lease

    California citrus leader buys Lake Buena Vista retail site w/new 20-year NNN lease

    One of California's leading citrus packing families paid roughly $5.05 million on Nov. 17 for a piece of Orlando's tourism corridor, buying a shuttered restaurant site in Lake Buena Vista that was leased last month to a triple-net tenant for 20 years.  The buyer was Our Way Development Company,...

  • Two local developers partner on Kissimmee retail project, pay $2.5M for site

    Two local developers partner on Kissimmee retail project, pay $2.5M for site

    Local developers Intram Investments and Blurock Commercial Real Estate are partnering on their third commercial-retail project together, paying $2.5 million on Nov. 14 for a 2.3-acre parcel on Kissimmee's W192 tourism corridor.  The property lies in the 8000 block of W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway...

  • Park Square Homes pitches luxury mixed-use development behind Magic Place

    Park Square Homes pitches luxury mixed-use development behind Magic Place

    Fast-growing Park Square Homes is eyeing a prime spot in the W192 tourist corridor for a luxury mixed-use development combining residential, retail and three hotels across 168 upland acres. The Orlando-based developer is in discussions with the owner of a 247-acre tract immediately south of the...

  • Retired property investor buys Ocoee strip center, seeks more locally

    Retired property investor buys Ocoee strip center, seeks more locally

    A former hair salon franchisee from the northeast who moved to Orlando three years ago paid $1.7 million on Nov. 10 for his second local commercial property, and seeks more stable assets for a portfolio to support his early retirement.  Located at 2450 Maguire Road in Ocoee, the 0.96-acre property...

  • Apopka gun store and firing range owner lines up property for expansion

    Apopka gun store and firing range owner lines up property for expansion

    Apopka-based gun store chain Shoot Straight plans to invest up to $4 million next year to double the size of a local warehouse that supplies its stores statewide, with land under contract and a rezoning request under city review, the company's owner told GrowthSpotter.  Considered the state's largest...

  • Land owner preps for retail in Seminole-Volusia growth corridor

    Land owner preps for retail in Seminole-Volusia growth corridor

    A Seminole County property owner is laying the groundwork for a large retail development in an area of the county expected to see a surge in new residential construction during the next five years. Representatives for Takvorian Properties LLC met this week with Seminole County planners to discuss...

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  • Wells Fargo moving Downtown Orlando branch, vacating 23K SF of tower space

    Wells Fargo moving Downtown Orlando branch, vacating 23K SF of tower space

    Wells Fargo is preparing to lease 3,600 square feet of the former Fields Fiat-anchored building at 131 N. Orange Ave., relocating one of its two Downtown Orlando retail branches.  The move should occur in Second Quarter 2017, and will wrap up a notable reduction of the company's footprint in the...

  • Trio of businessmen plan new craft brewery in Downtown Ocoee

    Trio of businessmen plan new craft brewery in Downtown Ocoee

    Three local businessmen are teaming up to launch a new craft brewery in downtown Ocoee in anticipation of the area's redevelopment, and will hire contractors, an architect and engineer in the coming months, one of the trio told GrowthSpotter. Located at the northwest corner of McKey Street and...

  • Prospective FDOT taking near Disney leaves Crossroads restaurants in limbo

    Prospective FDOT taking near Disney leaves Crossroads restaurants in limbo

    Faced with the prospect of losing their businesses due to the I-4 widening project, restaurant owners in Crossroads at Lake Buena Vista across from a Walt Disney World entrance are stuck in an expensive state of limbo. "It is just a waiting game, which is why a number of restaurants are not responding...

  • Developer buys Winter Park land for region's first Orchard Supply Hardware

    Developer buys Winter Park land for region's first Orchard Supply Hardware

    Minnesota-based developer Oppidan Investment Company paid $5.75 million on Nov. 1 for 2.4 acres on S. Orlando Avenue in Winter Park, where it plans to build the first Orlando-area store for Lowe's-owned chain Orchard Supply Hardware.  The sale reflects a land value of $55 per square foot, one of...

  • FDOT plans costly relocations of Disney-area restaurants due to I-4 widening

    FDOT plans costly relocations of Disney-area restaurants due to I-4 widening

    More than a dozen of the most profitable restaurants in Orlando would be forced to move if the Florida Department of Transportation proceeds with its recommendation to build drainage ponds at the site of the Crossroads of Lake Buena Vista. Located directly across from a Walt Disney World main entrance,...

  • South Florida developer has 'Orlando Gateway' 64 acres near OIA under contract

    South Florida developer has 'Orlando Gateway' 64 acres near OIA under contract

    Hollywood-based shopping center developer JBL Asset Management has 64 acres of the "Orlando Gateway" property north of Orlando International Airport under contract for $23 million, and plans to hire local brokers to help market for hotel and multifamily use in the coming months, the company's managing...

  • Food trucks draw investment, record customers to Osceola's W192 flea market

    Food trucks draw investment, record customers to Osceola's W192 flea market

    The owners of Kissimmee's Visitors Flea Market across from Old Town have invested $250,000 in recent weeks to create an outdoor food court serviced by 40 food trucks, and they're already seeing the payoff. "Traditionally, September through November is our slowest time," Director of Operations John...

  • Owner of I-Drive Four Points hotel plans parking expansion, potential retail pad

    Owner of I-Drive Four Points hotel plans parking expansion, potential retail pad

    Largo-based Equity Management Partners (EMP) is planning a parking lot expansion and new retail building on its Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City property along N. International Drive, and has yet to hire a local real estate broker to market the property, the company's principal told...

  • Black Angus redevelopment bringing first mechanical parking lifts to Orlando

    Black Angus redevelopment bringing first mechanical parking lifts to Orlando

    Gift shop magnates who helped create the former Ocean Air Enterprises retail empire are launching a new gift store concept, with a prototype planned to open in 2017 on the site of the Black Angus steakhouse on C.R. 535 in Lake Buena Vista. "We want to revolutionize gift stores," John Nehmatallah...

  • Black Angus parking lift video

    Black Angus parking lift video

    This video demonstrates the vertical parking lift system that will be installed at the new Black Angus restaurant on S Apopka Vineland Road. 

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  • Tampa developer eyes site on Aloma Ave in Seminole for specialty grocer, retail center

    Tampa developer eyes site on Aloma Ave in Seminole for specialty grocer, retail center

    A Tampa-based real estate firm revealed plans Wednesday to bring a specialty grocery store to an undeveloped parcel at a busy intersection in south Seminole County. John Hettick, vice president of development for Wagner Property Group, met with county planners to discuss the company's plans for...

  • California-based fast casual chain Dog Haus seeks Orlando sites for expansion

    California-based fast casual chain Dog Haus seeks Orlando sites for expansion

    California-based Dog Haus, a fast casual restaurant chain featuring gourmet hot dogs, sausages and burgers, plans to expand into Florida in 2017 with one or more franchisees, and is seeking undeveloped sites or existing buildings to retrofit for its new Biergarten concept, partners with the company...

  • Road work, land contracts & mixed-use self storage update Bellows' 73-acre Ravaudage

    Road work, land contracts & mixed-use self storage update Bellows' 73-acre Ravaudage

    Dan Bellows' Benjamin Partners Ltd. is preparing infrastructure on its sprawling 73-acre Ravaudage property in northern Winter Park for a long anticipated second phase of development, and is now proposing a mixed-use self storage building to complement two sites under contract to multifamily developers. ...

  • New plans & retailers for Lakeside Village Center's Phase 2 in Horizon West

    New plans & retailers for Lakeside Village Center's Phase 2 in Horizon West

    Plans for the final buildings by Boyd Development in Phase 2 of Lakeside Village Center in Horizon West are under review by Orange County, with a retail shell featuring a breakfast chain and coffee shop expected to anchor the project.  Lakeside Village's Phase 1 was developed over the past five...

  • Kissimmee shopping center sale helps fund retirement dreams

    Kissimmee shopping center sale helps fund retirement dreams

    Charles and Nicholas Hasker got their start in the property management field as teenagers in St. Cloud, mowing lawns at their parents' trailer park on Lake Runnymede.   After selling the park, the brothers accumulated several small shopping centers - always focusing on centers with long-term, mom-and-pop...

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  • Leon Capital Group buys Winter Park funeral home, plans redevelopment

    Leon Capital Group buys Winter Park funeral home, plans redevelopment

    Dallas-based real estate investor and developer Leon Capital Group boosted its asset portfolio in Orlando last Thursday, spending $2.95 million for a 1.52-acre Winter Park property it will redevelop for office and retail.  Located across 1308, 1324 and 1350 W. Fairbanks Ave., the property lies...

  • New owner to demolish vacant W192 restaurant, add more retail

    New owner to demolish vacant W192 restaurant, add more retail

    Orlando real estate broker and investor Mohommed Diab plans to demolish a long-vacant restaurant on the W192 tourist corridor and build a new retail strip anchored by a 10,000-square-foot Dollar Tree store. Diab's Cane Island Realty LLC paid $3.3 million in May for the vacant, 26-year-old Cane...

  • Twistee Treat to be built with apts in Phase 1 of Intram & Blurock's Southside Shoppes

    Twistee Treat to be built with apts in Phase 1 of Intram & Blurock's Southside Shoppes

    Twistee Treat will be the first retail tenant at Blurock Commercial and Intram Investments' mixed-use Southside Shoppes development in south Downtown Orlando, and will be the lone retail segment built in Phase 1 with the 300-unit apartment complex by joint venture partner LeCesse Development Corp....

  • Art deco revamp for Edgewater Drive retail strip to precede new Princeton apts

    Art deco revamp for Edgewater Drive retail strip to precede new Princeton apts

    An art deco-inspired renovation is planned for the CVS-anchored Princeton Center retail strip on College Park's Edgewater Drive early next year, with work expected to run in line with construction of the 205-unit Princeton at College Park apartments next year, the property's owner told GrowthSpotter...

  • AV Homes planning retail center at Bellalago on Lake Toho

    AV Homes planning retail center at Bellalago on Lake Toho

    Residents in the Bellalago boating community on Lake Tohopekaliga could have some new shopping and dining options soon. Bellalago developer AV Homes filed plans this week with the South Florida Water Management District for a 6.5-acre retail plaza called Village Shops at Pleasant Hill Road, at...

  • Potential I-4 interchange at Daryl Carter Parkway under review by FHWA

    Potential I-4 interchange at Daryl Carter Parkway under review by FHWA

    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is reviewing a new recommendation from the state to build an interchange at I-4 and Daryl Carter Parkway. If approved, construction wouldn't start until 2018 at the earliest, but the green light could spur plans for hundreds of acres on the tourism corridor's...

  • Seritage files multi-phase plan for Fashion Square Sears parcel w/retail & multifamily

    Seritage files multi-phase plan for Fashion Square Sears parcel w/retail & multifamily

    New York-based real estate investment trust Seritage Growth Properties has a mixed-use redevelopment vision for its 17.98-acre Sears-anchored parcel at Orlando Fashion Square Mall, filing a new master plan with the City of Orlando that details dining and retail outparcels, and a multifamily second...

  • Parc Central neighborhood retail planned between Windermere & Horizon West

    Parc Central neighborhood retail planned between Windermere & Horizon West

    A local commercial real estate broker is coordinating the development of a new neighborhood retail center near the Summerport subdivision, between Windermere and Horizon West.  Located at 5337 Keene's Pheasant Dr., the 1.08-acre parcel lies on the northwest corner of Bridgewater Crossings Boulevard...

  • Kissimmee retail and soccer complex plan looks 'awesome'

    Kissimmee retail and soccer complex plan looks 'awesome'

    Kissimmee's Development Review Committee signed off Tuesday on Mixed Use PUD rezoning for a 4.5-acre parcel on West Vine Street for a covered soccer complex, with retail and office buildings in front. The rezoning of the site, home to a former Sonny's BBQ restaurant, moves on to the Planning Advisory...

  • Owners assembling land off South I-Drive pursue enviro permits, sale to developers

    Owners assembling land off South I-Drive pursue enviro permits, sale to developers

    A property rights law firm that has helped 103 clients assemble 600-plus acres for development in Orlando's tourism corridor is weeks away from applying for two environmental permits.  Processing and approval of those could run through Summer 2017, but marketing has started this month for what...

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  • Cole Capital pays $8.8M for At Home superstore in Kissimmee

    Cole Capital pays $8.8M for At Home superstore in Kissimmee

    Cole Capital has purchased a Kissimmee home decor big box for $8.8 million. The Phoenix-based non-traded REIT used affiliate VEREIT HM KISSIMMEE to complete the acquisition. VEREIT manages $7.0 billion of gross real estate investments on behalf of the Cole Capital non-listed REITs. The REIT has...

  • Tavistock plans TaylorMade's Drive Shack driving range complex for Lake Nona

    Tavistock plans TaylorMade's Drive Shack driving range complex for Lake Nona

    Tavistock Development Company wants to develop 15 acres in Lake Nona as an interactive golf-themed dining and entertainment facility named Drive Shack, in what may be the first location nationwide for a new concept announced by TaylorMade Golf Company earlier this year, similar to the Topgolf attraction...

  • Steakhouse owner invests in historic downtown Eustis real estate

    Steakhouse owner invests in historic downtown Eustis real estate

    Local realtor Leigh Ann Pippin signed a two-year purchase agreement in 2014 to buy a cavernous brick building in downtown Eustis that was a bit down in the heels. On Sept. 1, her LLC affiliate closed on the building, which in the interim has become a hopping steakhouse restaurant famous for hand-crafted...

  • Guess Corp targets Orlando for ultra-luxury, members-only fuel station club

    Guess Corp targets Orlando for ultra-luxury, members-only fuel station club

    Durham-based conglomerate The Guess Corporation has targeted Orlando among the first 15 markets where it plans to launch a chain of ultra-luxury fuel station/convenience stores in the next year dubbed GP Club, modeled as country clubs with annual memberships, the company announced on Sept. 2.  ...

  • New owner to renovate former W192 surf shop across from Celebration

    New owner to renovate former W192 surf shop across from Celebration

    Fast-casual eatery Tijuana Flats will open its first location on Kissimmee's tourist corridor, thanks in part to a grant from the W192 Development Authority. Real estate broker and developer Nick Jones told GrowthSpotter the restaurant, famous for its burritos and assorted hot sauces, had signed...

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  • Intram plans replacement Publix to anchor new Kissimmee shopping center

    Intram plans replacement Publix to anchor new Kissimmee shopping center

    Intram Investment's Sunrise City Plaza in Kissimmee will be anchored by a 46,500-square-foot Publix, which will replace the store at Poinciana Place. Intram officials have been mum on tenants, but a new site plan filed this week with the South Florida Water Management District identifies Publix...

  • Guess Corp seeks 25 Orlando sites for new fuel stations, operating partners for each

    Guess Corp seeks 25 Orlando sites for new fuel stations, operating partners for each

    A month after announcing it was hunting for convenience store and fuel station properties to buy with a close eye on Orlando, Durham-based conglomerate The Guess Corporation said Wednesday it has shifted gears, seeking undeveloped properties to build up to 25 of its own new fuel stations in Greater...

  • Mama B's Giant Subs owner to sell 2 prominent downtown land corners

    Mama B's Giant Subs owner to sell 2 prominent downtown land corners

    Owners of both Mama B's Giant Subs properties in Downtown Orlando want to retire from the sandwich business, opening up two prominent corner parcels for new retail or redevelopment.  Formally listed for sale in early August with Edward Johnston (working out of Exit Realty Central's downtown office),...

  • Miami-based developer planning huge new retail center across from The LOOP

    Miami-based developer planning huge new retail center across from The LOOP

    Miami-based Courtelis Company is planning a new retail center on 50 acres across Osceola Parkway from The LOOP in Kissimmee. Courtelis has had the property under contract since late June, but has not submitted any plans to the city yet.  Leasing agents for the company discussed the project with...

  • AMP Group signs two new retailers & helitour operator for I-Drive properties

    AMP Group signs two new retailers & helitour operator for I-Drive properties

    AMP Group, the Orlando-based owner/operator of 10 retail properties on North International Drive, has signed a Brazilian natural foods store and menswear retailer to fill Orlando Crossings East, and a local helitour operator to take over its dual helipad plan for the parking lot of Crossings West. ...

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  • NY investors buy I-Drive Bass Pro Shops for $17 million

    NY investors buy I-Drive Bass Pro Shops for $17 million

    A pair of real estate investors from New York paid $17 million this week for Orlando's Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World superstore at Artegon Marketplace. "It's a beautiful piece of property and a beautiful store," buyer Michael Aviles told GrowthSpotter on Tuesday. "We feel like it's a good long-term...

  • Artegon owner engages CBRE to market North I-Drive mall for potential sale

    Artegon owner engages CBRE to market North I-Drive mall for potential sale

    New York-based Lightstone Group, owner of Artegon Marketplace on N. International Drive, has hired the land services team of CBRE Orlando to begin marketing the 100-acre property for prospective sale, the company told GrowthSpotter on Tuesday. Lightstone said it considers Artegon "a tremendous...

  • Boca Raton-based CRE buyer flush with $300M to buy 2nd-gen retail & industrial

    Boca Raton-based CRE buyer flush with $300M to buy 2nd-gen retail & industrial

    Boca Raton-based Kin Properties has more than $300 million in capital available to buy second-generation retail and industrial properties, is drawn to Greater Orlando's stable growth, and can escrow an entire purchase price if necessary, a lead executive with the company told GrowthSpotter. Despite...

  • Future connectivity draws O'Connor Capital to 50+ acres on Daryl Carter Pkwy

    Future connectivity draws O'Connor Capital to 50+ acres on Daryl Carter Pkwy

    O'Connor Capital Partners has more than 50 acres of land owned by a Daryl Carter affiliate under contract north of Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, with plans for a 530,000-square-foot retail power center. The developer will benefit from a key roadway connection set to break ground in early 2017,...

  • New York investor pays $11.85M for Metrowest shopping center

    New York investor pays $11.85M for Metrowest shopping center

     New York real estate investor Art Kanerviko's Rocklyn Development paid $11.85 million last week for the 33,000-square-foot shopping center known as Metrowest Shoppes. "We think it's located in a good area of Orlando," Kanerviko said Monday. "It's positioned in a mature area. The property is fully...

  • Oviedo Publix shopping center sale brings $22.26M; part of Hines REIT liquidation

    Oviedo Publix shopping center sale brings $22.26M; part of Hines REIT liquidation

    The University Palms Shopping Center near Oviedo was one of seven grocery-anchored shopping centers sold this month in the liquidation of the $1.25 billion Hines Real Estate Investment Trust.  Hines sold the 99,1272-square-foot, Publix-anchored shopping center to Preferred Apartment Communities...

  • St. Cloud waiving road impact fees for restaurants, hotels & other targeted businesses

    St. Cloud waiving road impact fees for restaurants, hotels & other targeted businesses

    If you're thinking about opening a new restaurant or hotel in St. Cloud, you might want to act in the next 17 months to take advantage of new economic development incentives for targeted businesses. The City Council in late July voted to waive road impact fees through the end of 2017 for specific...

  • New Eustis Shopping Center with Panera rising on U.S. 441

    New Eustis Shopping Center with Panera rising on U.S. 441

    Eustis’ new retail center, Shoppes of Eustis, is rising out of the ground on U.S. 441 across from Target, with vertical construction underway on three of five buildings and and a permit application in for the fourth.  The 17,651-square-foot Aldi shopping center, valued at $1.24 million, is taking...

  • Developer to downsize plan for building upgrade at Lake Mary SunRail station

    Developer to downsize plan for building upgrade at Lake Mary SunRail station

    Two years ago, Chris and Dana Mahnken had bold plans for their Station Pointe at Lake Mary mixed-use development at the city’s SunRail station platform.  Mahnken wanted to expand the existing building at 187 E. Crystal Lake Ave. to 32,000 square feet with two or three floors, mixing office space...

  • Tupperware sells two Kissimmee shopping centers for combined $121M

    Tupperware sells two Kissimmee shopping centers for combined $121M

    Tupperware Brands and O'Connor Capital Partners have sold The Crosslands shopping center at the northwest corner of Osceola Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail (U.S.441) in Kissimmee for $98 million. The joint venture partners also sold the neighboring Cinque Terre shopping center, on the south side...

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  • Unicorp preps parking expansion for Dr. Phillips-area Trader Joe's

    Unicorp preps parking expansion for Dr. Phillips-area Trader Joe's

    Aiming to capitalize on the popularity of its Dr. Phillips-area Trader Joe's, Unicorp National Developments has neighboring land under contract to build extra parking, and has yet to choose a contractor for what estimates as a $500,000 project, CEO Chuck Whittall told GrowthSpotter.  Located at...

  • Scooter's Coffee enters Florida with opportunities for builders, property owners

    Scooter's Coffee enters Florida with opportunities for builders, property owners

    A Midwestern coffee chain is entering the Central Florida market as part of its national expansion plans, and there are opportunities for landowners, contractors and professional service providers. Omaha, Neb.-based Scooter's Coffee has signed an Area Development Agreement with Atomic Management...

  • Elevation Development planning two new town centers, hotels in Four Corners

    Elevation Development planning two new town centers, hotels in Four Corners

    Elevation Development is looking to bring more hotels, restaurants and shopping options to Polk County's hot Four Corners market. The Orlando-based developer filed preliminary plans for two projects in Polk -- one in Davenport and the other on Osceola-Polk Line Road (C.R.532) just outside of ChampionsGate...

  • New high-speed color printers are winning converts in building professions

    New high-speed color printers are winning converts in building professions

    Larry Coughlin, account manager at the Longwood-based AXSA Imaging Solutions, remembers a time when construction plans were what many today would consider arty – more suitable for framing to set a vibe in the room than something actionable. “Blue paper with white lines,” he said in a recent interview....

  • Canadian developer files Regulating Plan for 1,000+ acres in SE Orange County

    Canadian developer files Regulating Plan for 1,000+ acres in SE Orange County

    Ontario-based developer DG Group has revived dormant plans for 1,033 acres in Southeast Orange County known as Camino Reale, filing a detailed rezoning proposal on Monday that proposes another mixed-use community directly west of what will be Tavistock's Sunbridge development.  The key challenge...

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  • The Guess Corp hunts for convenience store & gas station assets, likes Orlando

    The Guess Corp hunts for convenience store & gas station assets, likes Orlando

    Durham-based conglomerate The Guess Corporation wants to buy at least 1,000 U.S. convenience store and gas station properties within the next 12 months, and has a close eye on Greater Orlando, a lead executive with the company said Tuesday.  The Guess Corp. announced last week it will work through...

  • Pan American demolishes flea market to make way for new shopping center on E192

    Pan American demolishes flea market to make way for new shopping center on E192

    Miami-based Pan American Companies has already begun demolishing the Osceola Flea Market to make way for a new 33-acre shopping center at the U.S. 192-Florida Turnpike interchange in Kissimmee-St. Cloud. GrowthSpotter first reported in March that PanAm was eying the location for a 200,000-square-foot...

  • Clearwater development group to build retail center in Lake Mary

    Clearwater development group to build retail center in Lake Mary

    The former site of the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery on Currency Circle in Lake Mary is slated for new commercial development with multiple tenants. Clearwater-based Epic Development purchased the property at 901 Currency Circle on June 30 for $3.5 million. The seller was AFD Lake Mary LLC, a company...

  • Canada-based developer-investor buys Lake Mary’s Colonial TownPark center

    Canada-based developer-investor buys Lake Mary’s Colonial TownPark center

    Toronto-based North American Development Group expanded its commercial real estate holdings in the Orlando area with a late June purchase of Colonial TownPark in Lake Mary.  NADG, which has a regional office in Miami, paid $60.35 million for the upscale, mixed-use center in the Heathrow area. The...

  • How Palta, Wallack drew local restaurateur & Circo brand to I-Drive rooftop

    How Palta, Wallack drew local restaurateur & Circo brand to I-Drive rooftop

    The axis point of International Drive and Sand Lake Road -- a unique location able to draw Orlando's 1 million-plus tourists per week, conventioneers and affluent locals from Dr. Phillips and Bayhill -- was key to luring one of New York's top Italian fine-dining chains in Circo to the 10,500-square-foot...

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