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Margaritaville developer signs movie theater & arcade to shopping center

Margaritaville developer signs movie theater & arcade to shopping center
Studio Movie Grill will open its first Orlando multiplex in SunsetWalk at Margaritaville Resort Orlando. (SMG)

Studio Movie Grill (SMG) and GameTime headline the list of tenants confirmed for the newly renamed SunsetWalk at Margaritaville Resort Orlando.

The Texas-based movie theater chain is making its Orlando market entry three years after opening its first two Florida locations in the Tampa Bay area. SMG offers a full restaurant and bar menu with service directly to the patron's seat. Each leather recliner has a swivel table and a push button to call the server.

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"We're going to be building a new prototype with outdoor patio seating," spokeswoman Lynne McQuaker told GrowthSpotter on Friday. 

The 12-screen movie theater will have a patio where customers can come early or hang out after the show.
The 12-screen movie theater will have a patio where customers can come early or hang out after the show. (SMG)

The 40,521-square-foot theater, scheduled to open in the fourth quarter, will have 12 screens and seating capacity for 1,160.

The 40-acre shopping district on Kissimmee's W192 tourism corridor is not a Margaritaville-branded property, though it's being built by Encore Capital Management, the same developer that is building the resort.

GameTime Family Entertainment Centers will open a 24,000-square-foot flagship store, comparable to the Ocoee opening this spring. Complete with a modern restaurant and sports bar, GameTime offers a huge selection of video arcade games, simulators, prize machines and over 60 TVs for prime viewing of sporting events.

"Our goal was to create a true entertainment destination in the heart of the Margaritaville Resort Orlando, and we knew that we had to bring in new, unique, family-centric tenants to accomplish this," Encore CEO Arthur Falcone said in a release Monday. "We will be able to offer tourists and locals nearly 200,000 square feet of pedestrian-friendly shopping, more than 15 food and beverage options, green space and a concert pavilion for live music, children's entertainment area and now a state-of the-art move theater. SunsetWalk at Margaritaville Resort Orlando is becoming a can't-miss Orlando destination."

Other named retailers include Skechers, US Gift Factory, Avalon Day Spa and Shirt Bar. The shopping district has a variety of restaurant options now signed to leases, including Rascal Flatts, Bahama Buck's Shaved Ice, Burger-Fi, Paradise Spirits & Wine, Cafe Rio, Cold Stone Creamery and Kiss "Rock & Brew," as previously reported by GrowthSpotter.

Tampa-based 23 Restaurant Services is currently in lease negotiations for a 22,143-square-foot pad, which could accommodate three of its restaurant brands, according to LandQwest Commercial, Encore's exclusive leasing agency on the project. Leasing materials name Capone's Coal Fired Pizza, Yeoman's Cask & Lion and Ford's Garage as potential tenants.

The leasing material also names several businesses with LOIs for the SunsetWalk shopping center. Those include Stewart's All American, IT'SUGAR candy store and Tampa-based seafood restaurant Pinchers.

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