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More restaurants, retail, luxury apartments coming to Daytona Beach’s red-hot LPGA area

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.

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Daytona Dave & Buster’s set to open March 11

DAYTONA BEACH — Hiring is underway for the Dave & Buster’s that’s set to open March 11 at Tomoka Town Center.

The daily job fair at the Holiday Inn-LPGA hotel north of Daytona International Automall began Feb. 6.

More than 2,000 people have already applied, counting both in-person walk-ins as well as online applicants, said Dave Joy, the restaurant/video arcade’s general manager.

The hiring event to fill 220 full- and part-time positions runs through Feb. 23.

“Not including today (Monday, Feb. 11), we’re at 69 (hires),” said Joy.

The 30,000-square-foot Dave & Buster’s at Tomoka Town Center, just east of Interstate 95, will be the Dallas, Texas-based chain’s seventh location in Florida. Its two closest locations currently are in Jacksonville and Orlando.

Construction of the standalone restaurant/video arcade is nearly completed, but the video and arcade games have yet to be installed, Joy said.

When it opens, the Daytona Beach Dave & Buster’s will offer more than 150 of the “latest and greatest” video and arcade games, including some that will offer a “unique VR (virtual reality) experience,” Joy said.

It will also offer a sports lounge and a full-service restaurant and will have dozens of flat-screen televisions, including three with 181-inch-wide screens.

“We’ll show every sporting event on some of the area’s largest screens,” Joy said.

The restaurant will offer “moderate-priced fare,” with entrees ranging in price from $10 to $20.

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DSW shoes, Culver’s to join Dave & Busters at Daytona’s Tomoka Town Center

DAYTONA BEACH — As its fall targeted completion date draws closer, the “power lifestyle” retail center going up across the street from Tanger Outlets mall continues to add tenants.

The latest to sign on include DSW Inc. (also known as Designer Shoe Warehouse), a “best in class shoe operator,” and two eateries: Culver’s and Arby’s, said developer Jeff Preston, vice president of North American Development Group.

“We’re looking at an October-November opening for many of our tenants,” he added,

The planned 400,000-square-foot power lifestyle center is part of the 235-acre Tomoka Town Center development area on the east side of Interstate that includes Tanger Outlets, as well as a planned Sam’s Club store and a recently announced 276-unit luxury apartment community called Tomoka Pointe, which is set to break ground in late March.

Tomoka Town Center stretches from LPGA Boulevard on the north to Mason Avenue on the south and is bordered on the east side by Williamson Boulevard.

The 39-acre, 350,000-square-foot Tanger Outlets mall, which opened in November 2016, became the first development to be completed in the town center area, which does not include the Cornerstone Office Park on the southwest corner of Williamson and LPGA boulevards.

While Tanger offers more than 70 stores, including several national retail chains that opened their first-ever Volusia-Flagler area locations there, it only has a handful of eateries.

The initial phase of North American’s planned power lifestyle center will add several big box retail stores and restaurants to Tomoka Town Center.

Other tenants announced to date for the power lifestyle center include Dave & Buster’s, Hobby Lobby, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Burlington Stores, TJMaxx, Ulta Beauty, Tuesday Morning and Five Below.

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