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

A view of construction underway onShoppes of Eustis, along U.S. 441.
A view of construction underway onShoppes of Eustis, along U.S. 441. (Teresa Burney)

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 shape on the east side of the land. Schmidt Construction is the contractor. Two buildings to the west, B and C, are taking shape as well. Signed tenants in Building B are Pacific Dental, Tijuana Flats, and A to Z Vitamin. The permit application claims a value of $850,000 for the 8,816-square-foot building.

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Building C next door is slated for a Mattress Firm and a TMobile, said Steven Alafazanos, vice president of development for WIN Development LLC. The city has Building C valued at $850,000 with 6,431 square feet.

Dirt is finally moving for construction of a much-anticipated shopping center on U.S. 441 in Eustis that will be home to the Eustis-Mount Dora area¿s only Panera Bread, an Aldi grocery, and Tijuana Flats, along with other retailers.

Contractor Vince Iannucci of Bay to Bay Properties is building buildings B and C, and expects them to be complete and ready for tenants in the next 45 days.

Vertical construction for Building D, slated to be the area's first Panera, has not started. Panera is handling the construction and did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday. However, the city of Eustis has received a permit application that is under review, which calls for a construction cost of $882,000 for 4,783 square feet.

Tenants for the fifth building, dubbed Building E, have not been announced and there is no construction permit issued yet, said Lori Barnes, Eustis' development services director.

Construction on the center started in January but the steep slope toward a lake required huge amounts of fill dirt, and requirements for large runoff retention lengthened the site work timetable, the developer and contractor said.

Teresa Burney can be reached at 352-455-1955 or at Teresaburney4@gmail.com. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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