Woolbright pursues specialty grocer for Apopka retail center redevelopment

Bob Moser
GrowthSpotter

Boca Raton-based Woolbright Development is pursuing partial redevelopment of a retail power center in Apopka, with plans to bring that market its first specialty grocer. 

Located at 2121 E. Semoran Blvd. on the northwest corner with Wekiva Springs Road, the 24.74-acre site is known as Wekiva Riverwalk, a 229,735-square-foot shopping center anchored by Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, Bed Bath & Beyond, Petco and United Artist Movie Theaters. 

Plans filed with the city call for a 30,000-square-foot grocery shell to be built on the center's northeast corner, adding 8,539 square feet of new coverage area while absorbing the space of current tenants Anytime Fitness, Hair Design Institute and Garibaldi's Mexican restaurant. 

Woolbright told city staff that if its redevelopment plans were approved it had Lucky's Market as a prospective tenant.

Representatives of the developer and Lucky's Market have met with Apopka staff in recent months to discuss redevelopment plans for the property, city spokesman Robert Sargent told GrowthSpotter

This would be the Colorado-based grocer's sixth new store in the pipeline for Greater Orlando. Lucky's only area store now open is in east Orlando at 11750 E. Colonial Dr., on the intersection with Alafaya Trail.

A new Redevelopment Site Plan went before Apopka's Development Review Committee on Jan. 24, and should now be scheduled for City Council in the coming month. That plan does not name a specific grocer for the new space.

Woolbright's director of leasing Pete Schlang declined to comment Tuesday on redevelopment plans for Wekiva Riverwalk, or Lucky's Market as the prospective tenant. 

Recent improvements to the retail center have included new landscaping and color schemes, parking lot and new inline tenants being brought in.

Lucky's Market announced last July it had four new stores in the pipeline for Greater Orlando, but Apopka was not one of them. Those four submarkets named were Hunter's Creek/Kissimmee, Winter Park, Clermont, and the SoDo district in downtown Orlando.

The SoDo location is a mixed-use development at S. Orange and Pineloch avenues where vertical construction should start this year. The Winter Park location should be complete late this year in a former Winn-Dixie anchor space in the Unigold Shopping Center, and the Clermont location is anticipated to open this spring in a former Sweetbay Supermarket space. 

Sun-Tech Engineering out of Sunrise is civil engineer on Woolbright's Apopka project, Boca Raton-based Marc Wiener is the architect, and Innovations Design Group is the landscape architect. 

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