7-Eleven readies plans for two new store sites in Downtown Orlando

Convenience store and fuel station chain 7-Eleven has filed plans for two new sites under contract in Downtown Orlando, which are part of six new locations in the city projected to open in 2018.

A master plan was filed with the city in late October to occupy the 2,700-square-foot corner anchor space at Central Station apartments, to be located at 486 N. Orange Ave., across from the Orange County Courthouse. Franchise rights for the store are still for sale

"When we looked at 7-Eleven strategically as it relates to the balance of retail at Central Station, we saw it function as the anchor because of the number of trips a 7-Eleven generates versus a restaurant," said Marc Reicher, senior vice president with RIDA Development Corp., which took control of the building's ground-floor retail component in August 2015. "Dunkin Donuts has the highest trip rate now, but 7-Eleven will put this into hyper speed." 

RIDA expects the future tenant to begin buildout of the space in First Quarter 2018. Officials with 7-Eleven did not respond to requests for comment.

RIDA has another 1,200-square-foot inline space at Central Station recently vacated by iDoc, an electronics repair shop. The space is fully built out and will be marketed to similar service providers, Reicher said. 

The other new 7-Eleven location is planned in the Washington Shores neighborhood. Located at 3249 Columbia St. on the northwest corner with N. John Young Parkway, the 1.1-acre outparcel lies adjacent to the parking lot of a Walmart Neighborhood Market. 

7-Eleven has the site under contract for purchase from an affiliate of The Hope Church of Orlando. The chain was introduced to the property by church member Thomas Bolen, associate with Crossman & Company. The location boasts an estimated 40,000 average daily vehicle trips, according to state traffic data. 

A master plan application for a store and fuel station was filed by 7-Eleven last week with the city, though actual site plan documents have yet to be submitted. 

An adjacent 1-acre parcel at the corner of Columbia Street and Goldwyn Avenue is still being marketed by the church for multi-tenant retail development, said spokesman Charles A. Rowe.

An 8-acre undeveloped parcel directly east and across John Young Parkway is also earmarked by the church for future residential, though no preliminary development plans have been completed, Rowe said. 

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