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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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New Daytona retail magnet draws national chains

DAYTONA BEACH — There’s a new shopping mall in town, just in time for the holidays.

Tomoka Town Center is the name of a 235-acre development area along the east side of Interstate 95 in Daytona Beach that became home to the Tanger Outlets mall that opened in November 2016. The 350,000-square-foot outlet mall brought 70 stores as well as a handful of restaurants to the area.

Now a new, even bigger retail complex has opened alongside Tanger: a 400,000-square-foot “power lifestyle” center featuring larger “junior box”-size stores.

In the coming months, the new center, known simply as Tomoka Town Center, is set to add more stores as well as several eateries, including the Volusia-Flagler area’s first Blaze Pizza and Dave & Buster’s restaurant/video arcade.

Stores that have opened so far at the new power lifestyle center include Hobby Lobby, Five Below, Burlington, T.J. Maxx, Ross Dress For Less, DSW Shoes and Tuesday Morning.

The area’s first Academy Sports + Outdoors recreational gear store quietly opened its doors on Monday with plans to hold its grand opening festivities this weekend including product demonstrations, games and giveaways.

“It’s fantastic,” said Port Orange resident Rick Winters last week as he and his wife Brenda were checking out Tomoka Town Center for the first time.

“It’s wonderful and it’s new and refreshing,” he said, noting that the new Hobby Lobby, T.J. Maxx and Burlington stores at Tomoka Town Center are “a whole lot cleaner and more modernized” than their respective now-closed old locations along West International Speedway Boulevard.

Other tenants set to open this fall include Ulta Beauty on Nov. 2, Bealls Outlet and Home Centric in either November or December, and in early December Blaze Pizza, the rapidly growing fast casual restaurant chain, whose investors include NBA star LeBron James.

“Everything is as positive as we could hope for, based on the reports we’ve been getting from the retailers (that have opened so far) and the community,” said Jeff Preston, managing partner of the U.S. operations for North American Development Group, the power lifestyle center’s developer.

North American recently erected a large sign for Tomoka Town Center along I-95, as well as monument signs at each of its various entrances along LPGA, Williamson and Cornerstone boulevards. Each list some of the growing number of tenants at the center.

That tenant list is set to grow even more in the new year, with the anticipated openings of Culver’s, Arby’s, Chipotle, Barnes & Noble, and T-Mobile, along with Dave & Buster’s and Ford’s Garage.

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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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Daytona’s Tomoka Town Center on track for fall opening

DAYTONA BEACH — Exterior construction of a planned 400,000-square-foot “power lifestyle” retail center at Tomoka Town Center, just east of Interstate 95, is on track to be completed by early August, its developer says.

The buildings will then be turned over to the retail tenants who will finish the interiors with the goal of opening this fall in time for the start of the holiday shopping season, said Jeff Preston, managing partner for North American Development Group.

Tenants for the retail complex, which is across the street from Tanger Outlets, will include TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Burlington Stores, and Ross Dress for Less, among others.

The center will also be home to several eateries including Blaze Pizza, Ford’s Garage, Culver’s and Arby’s.

“We’re going to be delivering most of the buildings to large format retailers in early August and expect openings to begin 90 days from then,” said Preston of the planned 170-acre “super regional shopping center.”

Most of the stores are expected to open individually upon completion this fall, while two of the planned eateries — Culver’s and Arby’s, which will be along Outlet Boulevard, just south of LPGA Boulevard — will open early next year, Preston said.

Most of the spaces in the retail center have already been leased, with “advanced lease negotiations” underway with prospective tenants for the three remaining available storefronts, Preston said.

Preston credited the planned 6,600-home Latitude Margaritaville 55-and-older community on the west side of I-95, and ICI Homes’ plans to develop a 1,200-home all-ages “full life” community next door, with generating strong interest from retailers and restaurant chains in Tomoka Town Center.

Most of the spaces in the retail center have already been leased, with “advanced lease negotiations” underway with prospective tenants for the three remaining available storefronts, Preston said.

Preston credited the planned 6,600-home Latitude Margaritaville 55-and-older community on the west side of I-95, and ICI Homes’ plans to develop a 1,200-home all-ages “full life” community next door, with generating strong interest from retailers and restaurant chains in Tomoka Town Center.

“They are a huge contributors to our success,” he said. “Daytona is on fire … and we’re in the center of it.”

Site work has also begun on a 276-unit apartment complex behind the new retail center that will be called Tomoka Pointe Apartments. The apartment complex will be bordered on the east by Williamson Boulevard and is just north of Mason Avenue.

Preston said he expects the first residents at Tomoka Pointe will take occupancy in either the second or third quarter of next year.

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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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