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Every quarter commercial Realtor Brenda Francis compiles a newsletter on the latest scoops in local commercial real estate. It includes what companies are coming to town and who is moving into what commercial spaces. Here is the June 2018 edition.
BANNERMAN CROSSINGS – 6668 Thomasville Road
Earthwise Pet Supply & Grooming has reopened in Bannerman Crossings next to Pinch-a-Penny but is under new ownership and management. They “aim to offer the best customer service with the most knowledgeable people.” They will no longer be able to offer the "self-wash" service where you bring in your dog, but have expanded and renovated the grooming area so pets in their wellness spa are more secure and much more comfortable
MIRACLE PLAZA – 1815 Thomasville Road
Fleet Feet acquired Capital City Runners in Miracle Plaza and is opening temporarily in the same location until renovations of their new space, also in Miracle Plaza next to Alumni Hall, are complete. Tyler Perkins, an experienced running retail manager, will operate the store. According to the Fleet Feet website, Perkins, a former naval flight engineer and former sheriff’s deputy, previously worked alongside his parents in the Fleet Feet location in Stuart, Fla., that they have operated since 2013. “Having watched my parents find such fulfillment in helping people, operating their own business, and creating a running community, I’m thrilled to follow in their footsteps,” says Perkins.
Fleet Feet has acquired Capital City Runners in Miracle Plaza.
CAPITAL PLAZA – 1866 Thomasville Road
Eye Brow Art Studio is opening their second location in Capital Plaza. They are currently in the Parkway Plaza at 1119 Apalachee Parkway. I had never heard of “eyebrow threading.” It’s an interesting procedure but I will leave the research to you, the reader, or you can check it out for yourself at the studio.
TIMBERLANE SHOPS ON THE SQUARE: AKA MARKET SQUARE
SUBWAY is the latest to shutter its doors in Market Square but is interested in returning once the owner redevelops the center. A few of the other tenants have signed long term leases, but some are still waiting. Market Square’s Facebook page announced renewed leases with Southern Seafood and Tropical Smoothie, both tenants of over 20 years. Market Square Liquors and A La Provence have always been expected to stay but will have to relocate to another building. I understand that Tropical Smoothie will enlarge its space. The developer’s website still shows plans for a movie theater in the rear of the property.
The listing agent informs me that the renovation permits have been granted and construction will start this summer. This center was built in the ’70s and renovations will likely require code upgrades, which may be part of some of the delays we’ve seen. In the meantime, remember that Connie’s Hams, Southern Seafood, Tropical Smoothie, Au Peche Mignon, Market Square Liquors, Morrow Cleaners, A La Provence. Gordo’s is also still open but will soon be moving to their new location next to Chico’s on Maclay Blvd. We need to support these local tenants and let them know we appreciate their determination to wait this out.
ASSISTED LIVING AND SENIOR LIVING FACILITIES
Villas At Killearn Lakes has broken ground on their site on Bannerman Road. The Villas will be an “Innovative Senior Living” long term care community, with the “small house” concept of 108 units in 9 homes with 12 bedrooms each. According to their website, they are dedicated to de-institutionalizing assisted living and memory care by providing a home, not a facility.
Red Hills Village, A Resort Lifestyle Community, is under construction at 2720 Ox Bottom Road. It is expected to be completed this fall and is taking early registrations, according to their website. Red Hills has been developed exclusively for adults 55 and over. It will feature a 3-story congregate retirement community with 130 units, 188 beds, and four garage buildings.
Canterfield Assisted Living Facility is well under way on East Tharpe Street. This development has been featured in this column previously but I will mention it again since there are several under construction in Tallahassee. Canterfield will have 91 assisted living units and three duplex units for a total of 97 living units.
Tapestry Walden Assisted Living And Memory Care at 3080 Walden Road is another hotel conversion like the one they did on Lakeshore Drive. The Walden facility should be open soon and is taking reservations, according to their website. It will offer 54 assisted living units and 35 memory care units.
Stonehaven Apartments is another assisted living facility that has submitted for a three story, 112 unit senior living facility with 168 bedrooms, according to the Economic Vitality website. This site is adjacent and east of the Florida Highway Patrol Station on Mahan Drive.
OTHER NEWS AROUND TOWN
The Collegiate, 2121 W Tennessee Street at Ocala Road, is a 17,036 square foot mixed use retail development under construction with Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits already built and open on an outparcel of the center. The Collegiate is surrounded by student housing and offers 1,200 square feet to 4,600 square feet of retail spaces, 3 of which are restaurant spaces with outdoor patios. Now pre-leasing for a scheduled opening in the fall of 2018.
Florida Wing Factory, now open in Southwood at 3551 Blairstone Road, is opening a 2nd location on the north side of Tharpe Street at Old Bainbridge Road, according to a reliable source. Their building is under construction and their website says they are now hiring, but it did not specify for which store.
Davita Dialysis, so I’ve been told by a reliable source, will be moving into the building under construction on Allen Road to an outparcel of the Christian Heritage Retail Center. According to the Davita Dialysis website, they have 5 facilities in Tallahassee and one in Quincy. “DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease.”
Grove Market Café is now open at 1370 Market Street. Formerly the location of Vertigo Burgers, the owners of Vertigo broke from the norm in the area and created a breakfast and lunch café with the usual fare of bacon, eggs, and pancakes but also grab-and-go goods and mimosas!
Chi Chi’s Café, an authentic Cuban café and bakery, has opened at 460 W. Tennessee Street in the previous Gritz & Greenz location. I have it on good authority by an “authentic Cuban” that this is an “authentic Cuban restaurant” and the Cuban sandwiches and the flan are “to die for!” They are open daily from 7:00 – 3:00.
Saltwater Seafood at 1926 Capital Circle NE has closed. Past failed restaurants at this location were Rio Bravo Mexican Restaurant, Cody’s Original Roadhouse and Famous Dave’s. The building is locally owned by a Frank Visconti entity. Hopefully, the next restaurant to take advantage of this building will do better.
The Doubletree Hotel downtown at Adams and Park is adding a 17th floor so if you were wondering why the streets are blocked around it, that’s why.
Fresh For Less, a discount grocery store, is moving into the old Winn-Dixie Store on North Monroe.
Capital City Sports Center, 2830 Industrial Plaza Drive, home to Tallahassee Juniors Volleyball Club recently moved into their new 12,000 square foot facility in March. The club offers volleyball clinics, camps and training for girls in kindergarten through high school. They also have several levels of club teams, from local to regional travel.
Chow Time Grill & Buffet, after some contractor delays, is under construction again, or soon will be, at the corner of Capital Circle NE and Miccosukee Road. Construction started and stopped, but the broker for the sale of the property, Joe Serpico, assures me that it is underway again. A 15,000 square foot restaurant is being built first with plans for 6,000 square feet of retail in the future. They will offer Chinese cuisine as well as American fare, seafood, sushi, beer and wine.
Brenda Francis, CCIM, is with Structure Commercial Real Estate in Tallahassee. Information for this report is obtained from sources deemed reliable, however, it is not a complete list and project plans may have changed before publication. If you want to sign up for her newsletter or know of a new business that should be spotlighted, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.