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Sullivan Properties wants to build a Burlington retail store at its Vista Palms shopping center

An aerial view of the Vista Palms shopping center taken 2015.
An aerial view of the Vista Palms shopping center taken 2015. (Astro Aerial Photography/MEI Civil)

Orlando-based Sullivan Properties is looking to build a Burlington retail store in the Southeast Orlando submarket.

The planned 30,400-square-foot building will serve as one of the anchors in its Vista Palms shopping center, according to a permit recently filed in the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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If completed, Burlington will join anchor tenants that include Kohl’s, Home Depot, Staples, Party City and Dollar Tree.

Most of the roughly 55-acre commercial center on the southeast corner of Lee Vista Boulevard and Narcoossee Road is owned by Narcoossee Acquisitions LLC, which is an entity tied to Sullivan Properties.

The former Burlington store near UCF will be demolished to make way for new student housing.

The company, led by Robert Yeager, owns a number of Orlando properties including a shared interest in the Church Street Exchange building at 101 S. Garland Avenue. The building sits next to Dallas-based Lincoln Property Co.'s Church Street Station development underway, with the first 28-story tower completed.

Construction of the Palms Vista shopping center began in 2006 and is still being built out.

There are two pad-ready parcels fronting Narcoossee Road that each span at least an acre and can house new commercial developments, according to online marketing material by Sullivan Properties.

CASCO + R5 is the architect for the Burlington store and MEI Partners is the civil engineer.

Property records show the lot where Burlington is proposed has remained vacant throughout the shopping center’s existence. The lot sits between Party City and Kohl’s.

Outlined in red is the lot where a Burlington store is proposed to rise.
Outlined in red is the lot where a Burlington store is proposed to rise. (Orange County Property Appraiser/GrowthSpotter)

Burlington, previously doing business as Burlington Coat Factory, went through a complete rebrand in 2017 to showcase its range of offerings, including home goods and baby products.

The company is also remodeling stores to have a smaller footprint.

According to Burlington’s website the company’s average new store size in 2017 was below 50,000 gross square feet. Burlington said new stores in 2020 will average less than 40,000 square feet to accommodate a shifting retail industry that shares a space with the booming e-commerce industry.

The shift has led big retailers like Burlington to downsize its typical real estate footprint.

The store proposed at Lee Vista fits into that smaller store size model, Meanwhile, other store locations are being demolished.

Burlington currently operates 10 stores in the greater Orlando market, but none in the Southeast Orlando submarket, and the closest store is going to be demolished. Athens, Georgia-based Landmark Properties is in the midst of redeveloping the roughly 12-acre Burlington site near the University of Central Florida main campus to make way for its proposed 151-unit Cottages at Alafaya student housing development.

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