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Restaurant Depot looking to build 60,000-SF warehouse store in Poinciana

Members-only wholesaler Restaurant Depot is eyeing a location in Osceola County for its second Orlando-market warehouse store.

The College Point, New York-based company currently operates an Orlando store at 3451 W. Princeton St., and now has a contract to buy 12.8 acres on S. Poinciana Boulevard south of Orange Blossom Trail. This would be the company's 11th store in Florida.

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The AV Homes-owned site is adjacent to the McLane Suneast distribution center.

Restaurant Depot sells food, paper products and restaurant equipment to restaurants, caterers, institutional food servicers and nonprofits. Their stores are not open to the general public.

Seth Morris with Republic Property Company represents Restaurant Depot, and met earlier this month with Osceola County planners to discuss the proposed 60,000-square-foot warehouse store. The building would be constructed of tilt-wall concrete panels supported by a shallow foundations system with concrete slab on grade, according to planning documents.

Among the topics discussed were the need for sufficient parking, driveway cuts and the extension of Mercantile Lane, which will provide the main access for loading trucks.

Dewberry is the civil engineer.

Morris said the company only needs 8 acres for the warehouse store, and that includes a future 10,000-square-foot expansion. So it is considering subdividing the lot and selling the northern 4.8-acre outparcel to another user.

Development Review Director Chairman Mahmoud Najda questioned whether the 215 parking spaces shown in the site plan were sufficient.

"In my experience, they're always looking for more parking," Najda said, noting that he had visited Restaurant Depot locations in Orlando and Tampa.

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