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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 Beach to get bigger VA clinic in early 2024

DAYTONA BEACH — The Veterans Affairs outpatient center set to be built along Williamson Boulevard will begin serving patients in early 2024, the Orlando VA Healthcare Systems announced this week.

When it opens, the 130,000-square-foot center will replace two smaller, older VA facilities in Daytona Beach and offer a broader range of services. Currently, some military veterans living in east Volusia County have to make an hour-long drive to Orlando to receive certain VA services.

Wednesday’s announcement comes four months after an Ohio developer won the bidding for a federal government contract to build the multi-specialty clinic for the VA. The planned building is set to be built along the west side of Williamson, directly south of Daytona State College’s Advanced Technology College.

The new VA clinic will be on a 78-acre site that the developer put under contract to buy from Volusia County Schools in late 2019. The developer, Westlake, Ohio-based Carnegie Management & Development Corp., has agreed to pay $4.5 million for the mostly wooded land. 

The federal contract calls for the new VA clinic to provide at least 106,826-square-foot of usable space for a wide range of uses including primary medical care, mental health and specialty medical care services and physical rehabilitation services. The clinic will include an on-site medical laboratory, a pharmacy, and eye and dental clinics.

“The new clinic is a consolidation and relocation of existing services,” said Andrea Madrazo, a spokeswoman for Orlando VA Healthcare Systems.

The new VA clinic could create nearly 20 new jobs when it opens, she said.

“As we get closer to the opening date of the new site of care, additional services may be added based on the demand,” Madrazo added. “The design of the space will be as flexible as possible to allow for adjustments in services as according to the needs of our veterans.”

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Significantly more retail, apartments coming to Daytona’s LPGA area in 2021

DAYTONA BEACH — When Cindy Ferrera moved her business to the new Latitude Landings shopping center in late 2019, it only took five minutes to drive to the nearby Tanger Outlets on the other side of Interstate 95.

“It now takes me 15 minutes to get there at lunchtime and it’s not even a mile away,” said the State Farm Insurance agent. Ferrera said it’s an astonishing indicator of how fast Daytona Beach’s LPGA area has grown in the past year despite the coronavirus pandemic.

That growth includes hundreds of new homes at the Jimmy Buffett-themed Latitude Margaritaville 55-and-older community next door, several new luxury apartment complexes and more new shops and restaurants, both at Latitude Landings as well as at Tomoka Town Center where Tanger Outlets is located.

Development is not going to slow in the LPGA area in 2021.

The New Year will see growth there accelerate even faster with a new 21-acre shopping center called the Shoppes at Williamson Crossing set to open across the street from Tomoka Town Center.

Two more shopping areas are poised to break ground in 2021: the Cornerstone Exchange retail center planned behind Cornerstone Office Park on the southwest corner of LPGA and Williamson boulevards; and the Tymber Creek Village development planned across the street from Latitude Landings.

All told, the three new shopping centers could bring nearly a half-million square feet of additional retail stores, restaurants and service businesses to the LPGA area.

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When will Daytona, St. Augustine Buc-ee’s open?

Texas chain’s supersized gas stations to be largest in Florida

Two supersized Buc-ee’s gas station/convenience stores  are on track to open in St. Augustine and Daytona Beach some time in the first three months of the New Year, an official for the Texas-based chain confirmed.

“St. Johns (County) first then Daytona in Q1,” wrote Jeff Nadalo, chief general counsel for Buc-ee’s Ltd. in a brief text message. “We don’t have (exact opening) dates yet. Check back in a few weeks.”

The Buc-ee’s gas stations in St. Augustine and Daytona Beach will be the chain’s first in Florida. Each is expected to provide a welcome boost to the local economy by creating hundreds of jobs and serving as a destination stop for motorists along Interstate 95. But they are also raising concerns by area residents over the increased traffic congestion they will likely cause.

Gas stations to be biggest in Florida

The Buc-ee’s in St. Johns County is nearing completion at 200 World Commerce Parkway, next to World Golf Village on the southwest side of the Interstate 95/International Golf Parkway interchange (Exit 323). The gas station will have 104 fueling pumps, briefly making it the largest in Florida when it opens.

That’s because the Buc-ee’s under construction on the northeast side of the I-95/LPGA Boulevard interchange in Daytona Beach will be even larger: offering 120 fueling pumps.

Both Buc-ee’s will include a 53,000-square-foot convenience store larger than most grocery stores.

The largest gas station in Florida currently is the 38-pump Busy Bee truck stop in Live Oak which also has a 20,000-square-foot convenience store.

The St. Augustine and Daytona Beach Buc-ee’s stores will be the chain’s first in Florida. Unlike the Busy Bee, Buc-ee’s gas stations are not truck stops and do not allow 18-wheelers with the exception of those making deliveries to the store.

Both the St. Augustine and Daytona Beach Buc-ee’s will employ 200 workers each. Eighty percent will be full time and all will be eligible to receive benefits, said Nadalo.

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JTD Land plans new homes in Daytona Beach

By Alex Soderstrom  – Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal

A recent land buy in Volusia County will tee off the construction of 140 new homes near the LPGA International golf course. 

Kissimmee-based developer JTD Land Co. LLC bought 98 acres in Daytona Beach in a deal that closed Aug. 11, CTO Realty Growth announced. The entity that sold the property is related to Daytona Beach-based CTO (NYSE: CTO).

‘Aggressive’ for local land 

JTD Land paid $2.8 million for the land and plans to develop the site into a subdivision with single-family homes that can be accessed via LPGA Boulevard. JTD Land Vice President Craig Harris declined to comment on the project. 

The timeline for the project is unknown. 

It’s not the only planned development near the LPGA golf course. Clearwater-based Boos Development Group Inc. wants to rezone roughly 61.4 acres northeast of LPGA Boulevard and Tournament Drive for apartments and 11 commercial parcels for its Tymber Creek Village project, according to documents recently filed with the state. 

The area has seen “virtually no” development activity since the early 2000s, which makes it ripe for new construction as Daytona Beach grows, John Albright, president and CEO of CTO, previously told Orlando Business Journal. In recent years, new residential and commercial developments nearby, such as Latitude Margaritaville and a Trader Joe’s distribution site, have brought new homes and jobs to the area, which creates demand for more retail and apartments.

Volusia County is ideal for single-family home development due to its low cost of land, Brad Parker, a land expert with Longwood-based Southern Realty, told OBJ. As suburban Orlando counties such as Osceola County get more expensive for construction, development will move further outside Orlando, he said. 

“I see people getting more aggressive to get land in Volusia County.” 

Home demand on the rise  

New homes are important locally because construction creates jobs and subcontractor opportunities. Plus, local housing activity often is considered a reflection of the overall health of the local economy. Every home sale in the state has an estimated local economic impact of $77,858, according to a 2018 study by the National Association of Realtors. 

There were 1,154 homes sold in the Daytona Beach area in the first quarter, up 19.6% from 965 sold in first-quarter 2019, according to the most recent data from the Daytona Beach Association of Realtors. The median sales price of $250,000 was up 6.4% from first-quarter 2019’s $235,000. 

Like Daytona Beach, home sales are up in Orlando. There were 3,103 homes sold in the region in June, down 9% from 3,412 sold in June 2019, but up 45.9% from 2,127 sold in May, according to the Orlando Regional Realtor Association.

Home prices in Orlando are higher than Daytona Beach, with Orlando boasting a median home sales price of $265,000. 

Boos Development to build apartments, retail near LPGA International golf course

By Jack Witthaus  – Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal

A Clearwater developer wants to build a mixed-use project near a Daytona Beach golf course to cater to the area’s fast growth.

Boos Development Group Inc. wants to rezone roughly 61.4 acres northeast of LPGA Boulevard and Tournament Drive for apartments and 11 commercial parcels for its Tymber Creek Village project, according to documents filed with the state. The site currently features woods and wetlands and is zoned for single-family homes.

Plans call for retail space to include an auto parts store, bank, coffee shop, medical offices and a drug store. A Boos Development representative wasn’t available for comment.

The estimated project cost and timeline weren’t known.

The area has seen “virtually no” development activity since the early 2000s, which makes it ripe for new construction as Daytona Beach grows, said John Albright, president and CEO of Daytona Beach-based CTO Realty Growth (NYSE American: CTO), who isn’t involved in the project. In recent years, new developments nearby such as Latitude Margaritaville and a Trader Joe’s distribution site has brought new homes and jobs to the area, which creates demand for more retail and apartments.

“It’s kind of like an oil well being drilled and hitting the mother lode,” Albright said of area’s commercial demand.

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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Daytona Buc-ee’s is hiring, walls going up

The walls are going up for the highly anticipated Buc-ee’s gas station/travel convenience center next to the Interstate 95/LPGA Boulevard interchange in Daytona Beach. The 120-fuel pump station is on track to open in the second quarter of 2021 and will be the largest in Florida.

DAYTONA BEACH — A billboard just north of the Interstate 95/LPGA Boulevard interchange proclaims “Beavers at work.” Passing motorists can now see what the fuss is all about.

Workers with general contractor J. Raymond Construction have begun erecting the concrete tilt-up walls for a highly anticipated Buc-ee’s gas station and travel convenience center.

When it opens next spring, it will be the largest gas station in Florida with 120 fuel pumps and a 53,000-square-foot convenience store bigger than most supermarkets.

“We’re looking at a second quarter 2021 opening,” said Jeff Nadalo, general counsel for Buc-ee’s Ltd.

The chain has already begun advertising to fill several management positions for the Daytona Beach location.

Applications are now being accepted on its website for assistant general manager, merchandise/gift manager, food service manager and six other positions.

The annual pay for the assistant general manager position is advertised as being ”$57,000 and up” and includes healthcare benefits, 401(k), and three weeks time off per year.

“Candidates must be able to train in Texas/Alabama for at least six months prior to returning to the Florida location,” the Buc-ee’s jobs posting states. “Career opportunities abound for motivated, high energy and high customer service individuals.”

The general manager position will be filled by an existing Buc-ee’s employee who will transfer here from one of the chain’s other locations, he added.

The Daytona Beach location will employ a total of 200 workers. More than 80% will be full-time, said Nadalo. The majority of those jobs will be filled two to three months before the store opens.

“All employees get three weeks vacation, which is prorated if part time,” he said.

Wages for non-management positions at the Daytona Beach Buc-ee’s have yet to be determined, said Nadalo. “All employees are eligible for 401(k). … Full-time employees are eligible for health insurance,” he said.

Buc-ee’s advertised a pay range of $13 to $17 an hour for employees at its location that opened in Alabama last year.

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More Daytona development set for LPGA area

The development surge along Daytona’s LPGA corridor could soon become a flood. Projects are planned on both sides of Interstate 95 that could bring more shops, eateries, hotels, homes, apartments and possibly a movie theater. Not to mention a whole bunch more traffic.

DAYTONA BEACH — The development surge along this city’s LPGA Boulevard corridor could soon become a deluge.

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.”

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.

Projects under construction include a Buc-ee’s next to the I-95/LPGA Boulevard interchange. When it opens next year, the 120-fuel pump facility will be the largest gas station in Florida. It will include a 53,000-square-foot travel convenience center, bigger than most supermarkets.

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

New tenants expected to open later this year include a Duck Donuts gourmet donuts shop next to Blaze Pizza, and a 5.11 Tactical outdoor apparel shop next to Barnes & Noble, said Tomoka Town Center developer Jeff Preston.

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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Daytona’s LPGA area getting more stores, including ABC liquors, restaurants

An ABC liquor store, three restaurants, Goodwill, Great Clips and ExtraSpace Storage are coming soon to Daytona’s growing LPGA Boulevard commercial corridor. They are part of a planned retail center called Shoppes at Williamson Crossing set to be built behind the RaceTrac gas station on the corner of LPGA and Williamson.

DAYTONA BEACH — An ABC liquor store, three restaurants, Goodwill and ExtraSpace Storage are coming soon to Daytona’s growing LPGA Boulevard commercial corridor.

They are part of a planned retail center called Shoppes at Williamson Crossing.

The center is set to be built behind the RaceTrac gas station on the corner of LPGA and Williamson boulevards.

Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments Inc. recently posted a site map on its website listing the aforementioned tenants. The site map includes the retailers’ logos.

Other tenants coming to Shoppes at Williamson Crossing include Burger King and two other yet-to-be-announced restaurants, a Great Clips hair salon and an AT&T store.

“We’re doing site work right now and should begin vertical construction in 120 days,” said Unicorp President Chuck Whittal.

“The first tenants should open 11 to 12 months from now.”

Whittal’s company also plans to begin construction of two nearby luxury apartment complexes in the coming months.

One is a 346-unit complex called The Ellis which is planned just north of the northwest corner of Clyde Morris and LPGA boulevards.

The other is a planned 223-unit apartment complex called The Edison which will be built on the southwest corner of Clyde Morris and LPGA.

Both apartment complexes are expected to welcome their first residents in early to mid-2021.

Unicorp acquired the 37-acre site behind RaceTrac for its planned Shoppes at Williamson Crossing from Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. in 2018.

The planned 100,000-square-foot project was originally going to be called the Shoppes at Williamson Crossing.

The shopping center will include two retail buildings with storefront spaces for multiple tenants.

Justin Greider, senior vice president/retail lead for commercial real estate brokerage JLL in Orlando, said Shoppes at Williamson Crossing should do well.

“When you look at those kinds of tenants, they’re going to do a great job of serving the new residential developments that are being built on that corridor, right now,” he said.

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