TAMPA — The Borders storefront that closed this year won't be empty much longer.
Construction started recently at the location, near the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Cypress Street, and the Florida Orthopaedic Institute is expected to open there in January, said Marc Katzin, chief operating officer.
The Dale Mabry project will consolidate the institute's offices in Carrollwood and South Tampa, making the 27,500-square-foot Dale Mabry location its largest outside of its headquarters in Temple Terrace. After the consolidation, the institute will have nine locations in the Tampa Bay area, from Pasco County south to Sun City Center in Hillsborough.
About 40 employees will move to the Dale Mabry site, and the institute will hire more for a total of about 50 employees.
Not far from Target, Walmart and Best Buy, the facility will house equipment and personnel who treat patients for injuries and diseases of the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.
The institute sees about 3,000 patients each week and another 2,000 patients specifically for physical therapy at its various locations.
The Dale Mabry spot was ideal because of its location between Carrollwood and South Tampa, as well as its proximity to Interstate 275, Katzin said.
High traffic volume on Dale Mabry was another plus. "We expect this to be a premier location," CEO Joyce Anderson said.
The institute signed a 15-year lease for the property, which is owned by Langer US Investments.
About 200 Borders stores closed this year after Borders Group, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in February. All three of its stores in Hillsborough County and one in Clearwater were shuttered.
In coming months, Florida Orthopaedic Institute will provide services at the site in physical therapy, occupational therapy, X-rays, MRI exams and overall orthopedic care. It will also include after-hours urgent orthopedic care, a new service provided by the group.
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