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Bill Edwards says he wants to open Shops at St. Pete by March

ST. PETERSBURG — Bill Edwards said Thursday that he still intends to open the Shops at St. Pete early next year, but this time offered March as a specific goal.

"I'm hoping to see it open around that time, partially not totally," he said.

Though that target is tentative, he also said he would reveal some tenants around Jan. 1, an announcement that has long been delayed.

Edwards bought the Shops, formerly BayWalk, for $5.2 million in 2011. He said he is investing $30 million to renovate the long-struggling property. When asked how the delayed project had gone thus far, he smiled and said: "It's going exactly the way I want it to go."

The Edwards Group first promised to announce a lineup of tenants in July 2012. That was pushed back to August 2012, which then became September 2012, and then by that year's end.

John Woodrow Cox, Times staff writer

Bill Edwards says he wants to open Shops at St. Pete by March 12/05/13 [Last modified: Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:58pm]
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