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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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Daytona Sam’s Club set to move to new store on LPGA

DAYTONA BEACH — The longtime Sam’s Club store here will close its current location on Beville Road in late July or early August and reopen in its new building that’s nearing completion on LPGA Boulevard near Interstate 95, the store’s general manager has confirmed.

The new store is located just north of Tanger Outlets mall and is part of the 235-acre Tomoka Town Center that includes a separate “power lifestyle” shopping center that is being developed by North American Development Group.

Sam’s isn’t the only local store to relocate to Tomoka Town Center. Others that have already made the move include Burlington, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx and Ross Dress For Less.

Plans for the soon-to-be-vacated store have yet to be announced by parent company Walmart Stores Inc., said Sam’s Club General Manager Mike Mitchener. “I’m not sure what their intentions are,” he said.

What is known is that the current store’s 175 employees will be transferred to the new location, though some may choose not to make the move.

“Our intentions are to transfer everybody,” said Mitchener.

The new 140,000-square-foot store is roughly the same size as the current Daytona Beach Sam’s Club that opened in 1991 six miles to the south at 1175 Beville Road, according to Mitchener.

It is the only new Sam’s Club store that the membership warehouse chain plans to open in North America this year, confirmed Laura Poff, a spokeswoman for the Bentonville, Arkansas-based chain. The chain is, however, opening some e-commerce “fulfillment centers,” including one planned in Tampa.

John Albright, the president and CEO of Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co., the company that sold the site off LPGA where the new Sam’s Club is set to soon open, said he believes it will prove to be a good move for the membership warehouse chain.

“Clearly, they jumped to a better site that’s more central to (the area’s) population growth,” he said.

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