Retail & Restaurants Developments

  • Dr. Phillips unveils development plan for NE quarter of Packing District

    Dr. Phillips unveils development plan for NE quarter of Packing District

    Dr. Phillips Charities is prepping for construction to start this year on multiple projects within the 202-acre mixed-use Packing District in west Orlando, with delivery of the first residential and commercial spaces in 2020. Dr. Phillips President Ken Robinson shared the latest conceptual renderings...

  • UPDATED: FDOT pays $70M to settle eminent domain case for interchange at Daryl Carter Parkway

    UPDATED: FDOT pays $70M to settle eminent domain case for interchange at Daryl Carter Parkway

    The Florida Department of Transportation paid an estimated $70 million in December to settle an eminent domain action for the taking of 39 acres along Palm Parkway and Interstate 4. The land at the future Daryl Carter interchange was needed for stormwater ponds to accommodate the I-4 widening,...

  • Continental Properties eyes Posner Park for 302-unit apartment complex

    Continental Properties eyes Posner Park for 302-unit apartment complex

    Wisconsin-based Continental Properties is eyeing Posner Park at the U.S. 27-Interstate 4 interchange for its second Springs apartment complex in the Orlando area. While the site isn't under contract, the developer is scheduled for a pre-application meeting with Polk County's Development Review...

  • Miami investment firm pays $6.5M for Toys R Us store at The Florida Mall

    Miami investment firm pays $6.5M for Toys R Us store at The Florida Mall

    Miami-based Corbin Holdings paid $6.5 million earlier this month to buy the Toys R Us store just outside of The Florida Mall as part of a multi-state acquisition from the bankrupt retailer. Positioned at the main entrance to the 1.8-million-square-foot mall, the big-box is in one Orlando's strongest...

  • The year in review: GrowthSpotter’s top stories of 2018

    The year in review: GrowthSpotter’s top stories of 2018

    From lawsuits to long drives to Lay’s potato chips, GrowthSpotter readers gravitated toward all kinds of stories in 2018. Big in the mix, not surprisingly, was new construction – factories, shopping centers and entertainment venues among the most clicked. Did you miss any of our “biggest hits”...

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  • City staff recommends approval for downtown apartments on Diocese land

    City staff recommends approval for downtown apartments on Diocese land

    Orlando's planning staff is recommending conditional approval for a new 10-story downtown apartment tower after the developer agreed to add retail space on the ground floor. Tennessee-based Mid America Apartment Communities (MAA) is under contract for a 2-acre corner lot at 336 N. Orange Ave.,...

  • Boyd updates development plan for next phase of Hamlin Town Center

    Boyd updates development plan for next phase of Hamlin Town Center

    Boyd Development has added a new hotel to the mix of uses planned for construction next year at Hamlin Town Center in West Orange County, according to plans filed Monday with the county. "We are in conversations with a couple of different hotel groups," Boyd partner Ken Kupp told GrowthSpotter...

  • Fast-growing tutoring company to enter Orlando market in 2019

    Fast-growing tutoring company to enter Orlando market in 2019

    Seattle-based Best in Class Education Center is planning to expand into the Orlando area and is looking for retail space to accommodate the tutoring centers. “Next year our goal is to open 20-25 centers and at least three will be in the Orlando market,” said Sharon Peterson, Vice President, of...

  • Millenia-area Walgreens store just sold at auction for $400. Yes, $400.

    Millenia-area Walgreens store just sold at auction for $400. Yes, $400.

    In what may be the strangest real estate transaction of the year, an Orlando Walgreens store near the Mall of Millenia has sold for $400. Brian Capo, founding partner of FL Retail Advisors, explained how he went from having a $2.4 million contract to walking away with a $26 commission. "The owner...

  • Park Square Homes planning its second Neo mixed-use project in Four Corners

    Park Square Homes planning its second Neo mixed-use project in Four Corners

    Park Square Homes is prepping its second "Neo" branded mixed-use development on a 27-acre parcel in the heart of the Four Corners submarket. Senior Project Manager Robert Mick and his development team are scheduled to meet with Polk County's Development Review Committee this week to discuss preliminary...

  • Miami investors buy 50% share of shopping center on Orlando's ‘Restaurant Row’

    Miami investors buy 50% share of shopping center on Orlando's ‘Restaurant Row’

    CORE Investment Properties Fund, a Miami-based real estate investment group, has purchased a 50 percent share in the Fountains at Bay Hill, an upscale retail and restaurant center on West Sand Lake Road. CORE paid $22.75 million for its share of the property, according to a deed signed Nov. 16....

  • Park Development files plan for office, retail at City Center West Orange

    Park Development files plan for office, retail at City Center West Orange

    With construction well underway at City Center West Orange in Ocoee, Park Development Corp. CEO David Townsend has filed plans for the project's fifth phase, to include a mixed-use building and future retail pad. The new building at 251 Maine St. replaces the planned Assisted Living Facility on...

  • Orlando physician plans new mixed-use with hotel at NeoCity

    Orlando physician plans new mixed-use with hotel at NeoCity

    An Orlando gastroenterologist and real estate investor has filed plans with Osceola County for a mixed-use development on the E192 tech corridor in front of NeoCity. M. Asif Mohiuddin, who has a practice in St. Cloud, paid $1.2 million in 2016 the 3-acre lot with plans for a development to compliment...

  • Charlotte firm enters Orlando market via $26M I-Drive purchase

    Charlotte firm enters Orlando market via $26M I-Drive purchase

    A Charlotte-based CRE firm with commercial properties throughout Florida entered the Orlando market with the purchase of the International Drive Value Center. Collett paid $26 million for the shopping center, which abuts the Fun Spot amusement park on one side and Artegon Mall on the other. The...

  • New SunTrust Bank to anchor U.S. 17-92 project in near Casselberry’s Lake Concord

    New SunTrust Bank to anchor U.S. 17-92 project in near Casselberry’s Lake Concord

    A new SunTrust Bank is coming to Casselberry’s Lake Concord Park and two restaurants may be part of the package later, according to documents submitted to the city. The bank, with a drive-through teller, will be built on a vacant 2.8-acre parcel on the southeast corner of U.S. 17-92 and Triplet...

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  • Elevation Development makes foray into Polk County with mixed-use on U.S. 27

    Elevation Development makes foray into Polk County with mixed-use on U.S. 27

    Orlando-based Elevation Development is submitting plans for a 42.42-acre, mixed-used development about a mile south of Posner Park mall on busy U.S. 27. Elevation principal Owais Khanani told GrowthSpotter the development, dubbed Shoppes at Citrus Ridge, will have 75,000 square feet of retail along...

  • Unicorp's Whittall talks retail plans, apartment community at O-Town West

    Unicorp's Whittall talks retail plans, apartment community at O-Town West

    Unicorp National Developments has filed the first of what will be several new conceptual plans for the massive O-Town West mixed-use development. Unicorp CEO Chuck Whittall told GrowthSpotter he's planning a variety of high-end apartment types that would be constructed over multiple phases. The...

  • Tavistock eyes new hotel site at key Lake Nona interchange

    Tavistock eyes new hotel site at key Lake Nona interchange

    Tavistock Development Company is eyeing property at a key interchange of the S.R. 417 toll road in Lake Nona for a new hotel with up to 250 rooms. The Lake Nona master developer sent one of its top entitlements specialists to a meeting earlier this month with Orlando planning officials and owner/developer...

  • Publix outparcel in Clermont sold at auction for over $2 million

    Publix outparcel in Clermont sold at auction for over $2 million

    Winter Park-based Battaglia Group used the auction route to sell a vacant outparcel at a Publix-anchored shopping center in the Four Corners area of Lake County. The transaction hasn't closed yet, but Saunders Auctions President John Haney told GrowthSpotter the sale is pending for just over $2...

  • BioFit Performance Center sets new location after split with former developer-partner

    BioFit Performance Center sets new location after split with former developer-partner

    BioFit Performance is still bringing its professional-level fitness center to the Oviedo area, but in a new location after a falling out with a previous development partner. The company, which offers the same-type fitness programs and therapy that professional athletes enjoy, plans to build a 12,000-square-foot...

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  • Tupperware expects flurry of sales around Kissimmee campus in coming months

    Tupperware expects flurry of sales around Kissimmee campus in coming months

    Tupperware's Deerfield Land Development has sold its fourth multifamily site to Fore Property Company and expects a flurry of other land closings before the end of the year, a lead executive said. Fore paid $2.6 million for the 7-acre site at the intersection of Ball Park Road and Batts Street,...

  • RIDA announces new tenant line-up for downtown ChampionsGate

    RIDA announces new tenant line-up for downtown ChampionsGate

    RIDA Development Corp. has added four new tenants to its Downtown ChampionsGate Shopping Center, leaving just one end-cap space available. RIDA Senior Vice President Marc Reicher told GrowthSpotter he has executed leases with Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders, Great Clips, Little Greek Fresh Grill,...

  • Second plasma center heading to Kissimmee shopping center next to SunRail

    Second plasma center heading to Kissimmee shopping center next to SunRail

    A Boca Raton-based plasma collection company appears to be headed to Kissimmee's Gateway Station, making it the second such company to locate in the same shopping center next to the new Tupperware SunRail station and walking distance from the new Orlando Health Tupperware campus. CSL Plasma spokeswoman Mary...

  • LIFT Orlando clearing commercial site near Camping World Stadium

    LIFT Orlando clearing commercial site near Camping World Stadium

    LIFT Orlando plans to start clearing land it bought last year just east of Camping World Stadium, but the agency hasn't confirmed future plans for the 7.2-acre site. A LIFT affiliate assembled four parcels at the corner of W. Church Street and S. Norton Avenue for a combined total of $2.9 million....

  • Tampa investment firm pays $16.8M for Kissimmee Walmart-anchored center

    Tampa investment firm pays $16.8M for Kissimmee Walmart-anchored center

    A Tampa investment firm that specializes in mid-market grocery-anchored retail centers paid $16.8 million this month to enter the greater Orlando market via Kissimmee. East Coast Acquisitions (ECA) purchased the Walmart Neighborhood Market-anchored Vine Street Square in a deed that posted Sept....

  • Haines City approves townhomes in new 28-acre mixed-use community

    Haines City approves townhomes in new 28-acre mixed-use community

    Haines City has approved plans for a 182-unit townhouse community  on the rapidly growing C.R. 544 corridor east of Little Lake Hamilton. "A lot of the development we're seeing in Haines City is single family," Deputy Director of Development Mark Bennett said. "This is a great project because it's...

  • Magic to file revised master plan for downtown entertainment district

    Magic to file revised master plan for downtown entertainment district

    With groundbreaking anticipated in 2019, the Orlando Magic and its new architect have revised the master plan for the long-anticipated Sports and Entertainment District across from the Amway Center and are actively seeking development partners for the hotel and multifamily components of the district....

  • Magic Development planning huge new food hall to anchor retail at W192 resort

    Magic Development planning huge new food hall to anchor retail at W192 resort

    Orlando's largest food hall is headed to Kissimmee's W192 tourism corridor. Magic Development CEO Rodrigo Cunha told GrowthSpotter the company will build a 30,000-square-foot food hall to anchor the first phase of the company's multi-billion dollar Magic Place by Pininfarina luxury resort.  "It's...

  • Magic Development signs Wyndham Hotels as branding partner for resort properties

    Magic Development signs Wyndham Hotels as branding partner for resort properties

    Magic Development and Wyndham Hotel & Resorts will announce details of a new branding partnership Aug. 28. Orlando-based Magic Development currently has three luxury vacation home resort properties in operations or in development on Kissimmee's West 192 tourism corridor. The firm is now building...

  • Equinox plans 48-acre mixed-use town center across from Margaritaville Resort

    Equinox plans 48-acre mixed-use town center across from Margaritaville Resort

    Maitland-based Equinox Development Properties has assembled nearly 50 acres next to Disney's Animal Kingdom and across from Margaritaville Resort for a mixed-use town center combining experiential retail, dining, residential and hotel uses. Dubbed "WaterStar Orlando," the town center in southwest...

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  • Growing salon chain preps renovation of former restaurant near Winter Springs

    Growing salon chain preps renovation of former restaurant near Winter Springs

    The co-founders of iStudio Salons will start next month to redevelop the former Graffiti Junktion restaurant near Winter Springs into the chain's eighth Greater Orlando location, and will include additional non-salon retail space. iStudio Salons principals Mark Abbett and James Schregardus paid...

  • Retail portion of Maitland Concourse North up for bid amid construction progress

    Retail portion of Maitland Concourse North up for bid amid construction progress

    Winter Park-based Battaglia Group is negotiating with a new developer for the retail portion of its 96-acre Maitland Concourse North property, as construction on the site's infrastructure nears completion later this year.  Located at 601 Trelago Way, the property fronts three lakes with direct...

  • Topgolf files plans for second Greater Orlando location in Lake Mary

    Topgolf files plans for second Greater Orlando location in Lake Mary

    Topgolf has nearly 19 acres under contract in Lake Mary along Interstate 4, and filed plans Tuesday for its second entertainment venue in Greater Orlando on a site that was earmarked in recent years for new office buildings.  A preliminary site plan was filed with the City of Lake Mary as part...

  • Summit Construction preps Ocoee site for self storage, retail & more

    Summit Construction preps Ocoee site for self storage, retail & more

    Orlando-based Summit Construction Management Group has 11.7 acres under contract in Ocoee with a closing anticipated this month, and plans for new retail and a self storage facility they may self-brand and operate.  Located at 255 Fountains West Blvd., the site lies off the Ocoee Apopka Road and...

  • Leading cannabis retailer scouts high-profile Orlando sites for market entry

    Leading cannabis retailer scouts high-profile Orlando sites for market entry

    One of the nation's largest cannabis retailers is scouting high-profile retail sites in Orlando for its Florida market entry, part of an accelerated game plan to open 25 dispensaries across the state in the next 18 months.  Los Angeles-based MedMen announced on June 6 it had paid $53 million to...

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  • The Villages developer sets closing month & price for 1,115-acre deal in Leesburg

    The Villages developer sets closing month & price for 1,115-acre deal in Leesburg

    The developer of The Villages, a burgeoning age-restricted community spanning three counties, is narrowly circling a land buy to expand thousands of homes further into Lake County. The Villages Land Company LLC — which owns more than 34 square miles in Sumter, Marion and Lake counties upon which...

  • Lucky's Market named as new anchor for Apopka retail center redevelopment

    Lucky's Market named as new anchor for Apopka retail center redevelopment

    New development, construction and marketing plans affirm Lucky's Market is pursuing its eighth Greater Orlando store in the Wekiva Riverwalk shopping center in Apopka later this year. The Apopka City Council will vote next Wednesday on the final Development Plan for the project, which involves...

  • Downtown Orlando apt building owner challenges approval of tri-tower plans

    Downtown Orlando apt building owner challenges approval of tri-tower plans

    The owner of a downtown Orlando apartment building is pushing back against plans to develop a three-tower mixed-use project next door, filing a formal appeal with the city that claims the plans violate an array of rights it holds from a past master plan approval. The project in question is Manhattan-based...

  • Demetree shakes up entitlements for apts and retail redevelopment near UCF

    Demetree shakes up entitlements for apts and retail redevelopment near UCF

    Winter Park-based Demetree Global wants to shift entitlements for the phased redevelopment of an expansive corner it owns just west of the University of Central Florida's main entrance, introducing multifamily at a busy intersection.  The company's affiliates own more than 48 semi-contiguous acres...

  • Winter Park coffee shop to open downtown store at Church Street Market

    Winter Park coffee shop to open downtown store at Church Street Market

    Gourmet Winter Park coffee shop CFS will open three more stores this year, starting with a downtown Orlando location at Church Street Market. Short for "Coffee Frutos Selectos," CFS specailizes in Colombian-grown coffee, desserts and empanadas. The menu also includes a variety of healthy options,...

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  • Developer Tim Majors buys Ivanhoe Village bldg to expand HQ, bar & lounge service

    Developer Tim Majors buys Ivanhoe Village bldg to expand HQ, bar & lounge service

    An affiliate of local developer Majors Investments paid $1 million on Friday to expand its headquarters building in downtown Orlando's Ivanhoe Village, with plans to add food preparation space to serve its popular bar and lounge.  Located at 2010 N. Orange Ave., the 0.2-acre parcel has a one-story...

  • University Club buys space in new downtown Orlando tower, preps buildout

    University Club buys space in new downtown Orlando tower, preps buildout

    The University Club of Orlando paid more than $2.135 million on Friday for four floors of space in the new Modera Central tower in downtown Orlando, and could begin buildout in two weeks with a goal of opening by year's end, its president told GrowthSpotter.  Addressed at 125 E. Pine St., the 22-story...

  • Orlando Ballet files plans for HQ & school at Loch Haven Park, seeks temp space

    Orlando Ballet files plans for HQ & school at Loch Haven Park, seeks temp space

    The Orlando Ballet filed formal plans this week to redevelop the Loch Haven Park Neighborhood Center in downtown Orlando as an all-inclusive headquarters, and will be seeking temporary space to lease while demolition and construction occur over the next year.  The organization leases the property...

  • Local government officials recap week at ICSC RECon

    Local government officials recap week at ICSC RECon

    Osceola County's W192 Development Authority and city officials from Ocoee and Orlando joined 1,200 exhibitors last week in Las Vegas for the world's largest real estate convention. Hosted by the International Conference of Shopping Centers (ICSC), RECon annually attracts 37,000 commercial real...

  • NY investor pays $16.2M+ for triple-net restaurant site on I-Drive

    NY investor pays $16.2M+ for triple-net restaurant site on I-Drive

    A New York-based private investor paid $16.245 million last week to enter the Orlando market, buying a triple-net retail asset from Darden Corporation on International Drive.  Located at 8849 I-Drive, the 2.5-acre parcel features a Bahama Breeze restaurant built in 1996 with 8,928 square feet of...

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