DAYTONA BEACH — An antique car-themed restaurant, a three-in-one Rooms To Go home furnishings store, and a new shopping center taking shape across the street are among the developments coming to Daytona Beach’s LPGA area.
Construction projects are underway along LPGA Boulevard on both sides of Interstate 95. A glance at the Daytona Beach City Commission’s agenda in recent months as well as its meeting this week shows even more commercial development, new homes and apartments in the works for the area’s fast-growing east-west corridor.
“There’s a lot of strong momentum,” said Scott Goldsmith, vice president of leasing and development for North American Development Group.
The West Palm Beach-based company is the developer of the Tomoka Town Center on the southeast side of the I-95/LPGA Boulevard interchange where Rooms To Go and the Ford’s Garage restaurant are under construction.
Tomoka Town Center offers more than a half-million square feet of retail shops and restaurants including anchors Hobby Lobby, Academy Sports and Dave & Buster’s. The center, which is adjacent to Sam’s Club and Tanger Outlets mall, has welcomed the opening of several new tenants this year. They include Salsa’s Mexican Restaurant, a shoe store called Good Feet, and another store called Buff City Soaps.
“There’s a few deals in the works, but we’re not prepared to announce them yet,” said Goldsmith.
A Ford Model T can be seen parked in front of the future Ford’s Garage restaurant on the corner of Cornerstone and Outlet boulevards. It will be the chain’s first location in the Volusia-Flagler area.
“We’ve been told they expect to open by either the end of this year or in the first month or two of 2022,” said Goldsmith.
Spokepersons for both the Ford’s Garage chain as well as Rooms To Go did not respond to requests for comment.
The Ford’s Garage restaurant at 1115 Cornerstone Blvd. is across from Dave & Buster’s, Culver’s and Chipotle. It will be the Tampa-based chain’s first eatery along Florida’s east coast.
“We’re very excited to come to the Daytona community,” said Marc Brown, president of both the Ford’s Garage chain as well as its parent company 23 Restaurant Services, in a 2019 phone interview.