ST. PETERSBURG — Rebuild it and they will come.
Travelers along Second Avenue N may have noticed work going on as the faded walls of the former BayWalk come down. It's all part of owner Bill Edwards' plan for a reincarnation of the center. The Shops at St. Pete will replace dated designs and empty stores with a proposed sleek, swanky retail plaza.
If the Shops needs more room, some of the Muvico theater may become retail space, according to Rick Baker, president of the Edwards Group.
"They have indicated a willingness to make it available, but we have not confirmed yet that we will be using the space, so no agreement or details of how it would work are in place," he said.
During the construction, Muvico has a shuttle that will take drivers from the BayWalk parking garage to the side entrance of the theater.
The Shops is scheduled to open the first quarter of 2014 after a $30 million makeover. The new lineup isn't set yet, but it will include a steak restaurant and gourmet market.
Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer