Orlando developer takes over Daytona mystery grocer project

DAYTONA BEACH — An Orlando developer with plans to develop a shopping center on the southeast corner of LPGA and Williamson boulevards now plans to do the same thing on the corner across the street.

Unicorp National Development Inc. on Wednesday closed its $3.3 million purchase of nine acres on the northeast corner of LPGA and Wiliamson, a site that a different developer previously had under contract and advertised as a future “grocery anchored center.”

John Albright, president and CEO of Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co., the company that sold the nine acres to Unicorp said the same specialty grocer that previous developer Tailwinds Development had been negotiating with to anchor the project remains interested in opening a store there.

“It’s basically the same grocer,” he said, adding that the grocery chain whom he declined to identify offers “a mix” of organic and natural food products.

When Consolidated-Tomoka originally announced the specialty grocer’s interest in anchoring the project in 2017, Albright told The News-Journal that the store likely would be the chain’s first in the Volusia-Flagler area.

On Thursday, Albright declined to repeat that statement, adding that the disclosure of more details would be up to Unicorp CEO Chuck Whittall.

The News-Journal was not able to immediately reach Whittall for comment.

Unicorp late last year bought 23 acres on the southeast corner of LPGA and Williamson, behind the existing RaceTrac gas station, with plans to develop a retail complex called the Shoppes at Williamson Crossing.

On Thursday, Consolidated-Tomoka announced that Unicorp also agreed to reinstate two contracts to buy additional land from the Daytona Beach-based company.

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