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Developer preps Winter Park site for first Orchard Supply hardware store in Orlando

Developer preps Winter Park site for first Orchard Supply hardware store in Orlando
Elevation designs of the proposed Orchard Supply Hardware store in Winter Park, on Orlando Avenue. (DLR Group)

Minnesota-based developer Oppidan Investment Company has 2.4 acres under contract on Orlando Avenue in Winter Park, where it plans to build the first Orlando-area store for Lowe's-owned boutique chain Orchard Supply Hardware.

Located just northwest of the intersection of N. Orange and S. Orlando avenues, a gateway into Winter Park, the company is set to buy two parcels totaling 2.4 acres, with the principal address being 1111 S. Orlando Ave.

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The property is occupied now by the closed Eat More Produce farmer's market, an antique store and warehouse storage uses.

Highlighted in blue are the 2.4 acres targeted by Oppidan for Orchard Supply Hardware. They lie northwest of the intersection of Orange and Orlando avenues.
Highlighted in blue are the 2.4 acres targeted by Oppidan for Orchard Supply Hardware. They lie northwest of the intersection of Orange and Orlando avenues. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

Oppidan goes before Winter Park's Municipal Planning Board late Tuesday afternoon seeking conditional use approval to redevelop the property with a new 32,355-square-foot Orchard Supply Hardware store, and an additional 2,678 square feet of open-air landscape garden sales area.

Jay Moore, developer with Oppidan overseeing the project, declined to comment on Tuesday, citing non-disclosure agreements with his client.

Orchard Supply was founded in California in 1931 and acquired by Lowe's in 2013. Oppidan introduced the retail chain to the Florida market earlier this year with property acquisitions and development plans for a store in Deerfield Beach, followed by locations in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs.

Winter Park planning staff have recommended approval of the development request, subject to a handful of conditions that include a monument sign in lieu of a pole/pylon sign on Orlando Avenue.

The property under contract is owned by Dingman Bros 1155 LLC, managed by an attorney out of Fort Lauderdale.

Members of the Dingman family have owned the property directly or through holding companies since at least 1983, when they paid $182,500 for the smaller parcel, and in 2010 paid another $100,000 for the larger parcel with the antique store.

Oppidan's land use counsel on the acquisition and development plans has been M. Rebecca Wilson of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed PA, civil engineer on the project is CPH, Inc., and architect is DLR Group out of Portland, Oregon.

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