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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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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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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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More retail coming to Daytona’s LPGA Boulevard

Site work has begun on three new retail projects just east of the Interstate-95/LPGA Boulevard interchange in Daytona Beach: a highly anticipated Buc-ee’s mega-sized gas station/travel convenience center, a new shopping center called Williamson Crossing, and a pair of new retail buildings at Tomoka Town Center.

DAYTONA BEACH — When Pete Tavolacci decided to open his Dominic’s Deli & Eatery at Tomoka Town Center in February, he did so because of the tremendous growth both at the center as well as the surrounding area.

“We were looking for an expansion site and this was a perfect fit,” said Tavolacci, who also owns a Dominic’s Deli in Palm Coast.

The Interstate 95/LPGA Boulevard interchange area is home on its east side to both Tomoka Town Center, the neighboring Tanger Outlets and the new Sam’s Club that opened in July.

On the west side is the new Publix-anchored Latitude Landings shopping center that opened in November next to Latitude Margaritaville and is set to soon add more shops and restaurants.

And more commercial growth is on the way.

This past week, site work began on not one, not two, but three new retail projects in the area just east of the Interstate-95/LPGA Boulevard interchange.

Land is now being cleared for the highly anticipated Buc-ee’s mega gas station/travel convenience center, a new retail center called Shoppes at Williamson Crossing, and a pair of new retail buildings at Tomoka Town Center, across from, Tavolacci’s deli/restaurant.

Jeff Preston of North American Development Group, the developer of Tomoka Town Center, which welcomed its first stores just over a year ago, confirmed that his company has begun construction of two side-by-side standalone retail buildings. One will become home to a Verizon Wireless store. The other will be offer storefront spaces for multiple tenants.

A site has also been cleared up the street from the two future retail buildings for a planned antique car-themed restaurant called Ford’s Garage, which is expected to soon start vertical construction, Preston said.

Talks also are underway with the Miller’s Ale House restaurant chain which has shown interest in possibly building a new standalone eatery on the undeveloped lot immediately south of the new Sam’s Club.

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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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Daytona’s Tanger Outlets settles in despite competition

DAYTONA BEACH — When Tanger Outlets opened here in November 2016, a week before Black Friday, the mall’s grand opening drew thousands of shoppers, filling its vast parking lots to overflowing.

Local shopper Gwen Tongkam told The News-Journal that day, “This is just the best thing that ever happened to Daytona Beach.”

A year and a half later, the outlet mall on the east side of Interstate 95, just south of LPGA Boulevard, continues to draw its fair share of shoppers, but it is facing increasing competition, not just from online retailers such as Amazon, but also new brick-and-mortar options for area shoppers.

Those local competitors include One Daytona, the new 300,000-square-foot entertainment/retail/dining complex across the street from Daytona International Speedway, that continues to add tenants, and Volusia Mall, the area’s largest shopping center at more than 1 million square feet which is set to soon add several new street-front restaurants and shops along West International Speedway Boulevard.

And directly across the street from Tanger Outlets, a new shopping center is taking shape: the 400,000-square-foot Tomoka Town Center “power lifestyle” retail center that’s set to open this fall with a collection of larger format stores, including Academy Sports + Outdoors, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, Five Below and DSW as well as a Dave & Busters family fun center and a handful of eateries.

Sarah Rasheid, the new assistant general manager at Tanger Outlets, said she welcomes the competition because it helps “keep us fresh” and gives local residents even more reasons to do their shopping and eating out close to home.

Rasheid noted that the 350,000-square-foot Tanger Outlets mall has added several more tenants since its grand opening, including a Kate Spade handbag store and a Lids hat, fan gear and sports apparel store, both of which opened earlier this year.

One of the few criticisms local residents made when Tanger Outlets opened was its lack of dining options. The number of eateries has since increased to seven, said Rasheid, noting that it is among the most of any center the North Carolina-based company operates.

The chief draw for Tanger, she said, is its collection of “prestigious brands we have including Under Armour, Vera Bradley, Vineyard Vines and Michael Kors, just to name a few.”

“Tanger exposed the community to brands that people used to have to drive an hour or more to get to,” she said.

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