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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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Development projects abound in Daytona’s LPGA area despite coronavirus

Developers continue to plan a slew of projects along Daytona’s LPGA corridor despite the coronavirus pandemic. Projects on both sides of Interstate 95 could bring more shops, eateries, hotels, homes, apartments and possibly a movie theater. Not to mention a whole bunch more traffic.

DAYTONA BEACH — A surge of development projects is heading for this city’s LPGA Boulevard corridor and not even the coronavirus pandemic can stop it.

Projects planned on both sides of Interstate 95 are poised to bring more shops, eateries, hotels, homes, apartments and possibly a movie theater.

Not to mention more traffic.

“Activity begets more activity,” said Carl Lentz IV, managing partner of SVN Alliance Commercial Real Estate Advisors. “Traffic is a good thing for retailers.”

“We got a little slowdown in momentum during the early stages of the pandemic, but all of the projects are still moving forward,” Lentz added. “As concerns over the pandemic are starting to subside, the momentum is picking up again.”

Since 2015, the I-95/LPGA area has seen the opening of three shopping centers — Tanger Outlets, Tomoka Town Center and Latitude Landings.

It has added regional distribution centers for Trader Joe’s and B.Braun as well as a last-mile delivery station for Amazon, the e-commerce giant.

Other recently completed commercial projects along the LPGA corridor include the new Sam’s Club, Stor-It Storage Center and Superwash Express.

The corridor has also seen the opening of two new residential subdivisions that have added more than 1,000 homes and three new luxury apartment complexes with more than than 900 units.

Also going up are more restaurants and shops at Tomoka Town Center.

Other tenants coming to Tomoka Town Center include a Rooms to Go store that will be built along I-95 just north of Tanger Outlets and an antique car-themed Ford’s Garage restaurant next to Chipotle.

Across the street on the east side of Williamson Boulevard, Orlando developer Unicorp is building a new shopping center called Shoppes at Williamson Crossing.

New luxury apartments are going up both along LPGA and Williamson boulevards that are expected to add more than 1,000 units.

And that’s just the beginning.

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Ford’s Garage restaurant coming to Daytona’s Tomoka Town Center

DAYTONA BEACH — Site work has begun on a new restaurant at Tomoka Town Center with a vintage 1920s-era Ford Motor Co. theme: Ford’s Garage.

The eatery is set to go up just west of the Dave & Buster’s restaurant/video arcade that opened earlier this year.

It will be the first Florida east coast location for the fast-growing Tampa-based chain.

“We’re very excited to come to the Daytona community,” said Marc Brown, president of both the Ford’s Garage chain and its parent company 23 Restaurant Services, in a phone interview.

Brown said his company hopes to open its Daytona Beach restaurant by “late fourth quarter” and that it will employ approxomately 150 workers, 70 percent of which will be full time.

The chain’s website describes its restaurants as a “neighborhood burger and beer joint” specializing in gourmet burgers and craft beers.

“Ford’s Garage will give you the vibe of being in a 1920s service station to include vintage Ford vehicles, gas pumps, and fixtures,” according to the website. “Our bars feature prohibition-style elements of old brick, rich wood, and a hand-hammered copper bar top.”

Brown said prices for entrees at Ford’s Garage range from $9.95 to $17.95. The menu for each of the chain’s restaurants includes 12 “Hall of Fame” burgers named after prominent people in the community it services.

In addition, “We like to work with with craft brewers in each of the communities we’re in to feature their craft beers,” he said. “We offer over 150 different kinds of beer as well as wine and full liquor.”

John Albright, the president and CEO of Daytona Beach-based Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co., which sold the land where Ford’s Garage is now being built to Tomoka Town Center developer North American Development Group, said he has visited one of the chain’s restaurants in Tampa.

“It looks like an awesome presentation,” Albright said, adding that the chain offers “higher-end fast-casual dining.”

“They have a great presentation that’s family-friendly,” he said. “It’s got more of a sit-down, almost diner feel.”

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Hobby Lobby, others set to open soon at Tomoka Town Center

DAYTONA BEACH — The new “power lifestyle” retail center at Tomoka Town Center will welcome its first tenant later this month.

Hobby Lobby is set to open 9 a.m. on Aug. 27, confirmed Christy Gordon, store manager.

The arts-and-craft supplies store will be relocating from its soon-to-be old location four miles to the south at the Volusia Square shopping center at 2455 W. International Speedway Blvd.

“The 25th (of August) will be our last day,” she said of the store at Volusia Square which was the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based retail chain’s first Volusia-Flagler area location when it opened in September 2010.

Also moving to Tomoka Town Center from Volusia Square is the T.J. Maxx apparel store which is set to open at its new location on Sept. 6.

Another store set to open soon at Tomoka Town Center is Five Below, a retailer that sells a wide variety of goods all priced $5 or less, which will hold its grand opening Sept. 14, said store manager Stephen Bruton.

The store held a hiring event this past weekend where it was looking to fill 25 positions.

“You’ll be seeing more (Five Below stores) popping up for sure,” Bruton said.

Max Rivera, a superintendent for HGR Construction, was overseeing a construction crew working to build side-by-side stores for both Academy Sports + Outdoors and a combination Beall’s Outlet and Homecentric store at Tomoka Town Center.

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