SHADY HILLS — In less than two years, the long drive for groceries, pizza, a manicure, a good bottle of wine or Chinese takeout will be a thing of the past.
By spring of 2011, developers plan to open the 25,200-square-foot Hays Towne Center, which will be anchored by a Publix and surrounded by neighborhood shops at State Road 52 and Hays Road.
Tenants that have already signed on include Great Clips salon, Spa I Nails, Penthouse Cleaners, Hawkeye Pizza and Village Wine & Spirits. Crews expect to break ground this spring.
A second phase is planned for an additional 20,570 square feet of medical offices and retail. Developers hope to attract a sub shop, a sit-down restaurant, banks, a tax or financial services firm, an ice cream or coffee shop as well as a dentist and walk-in clinic.
"We're about 78 percent leased, which is great in this (economy)," said Jim Dunphy, owner of Dunphy Properties, who is working with two partners in the Atlanta area on the project, which affects no wetlands and has cleared county regulatory hurdles. Dunphy Properties is also behind a development to be built on State Road 54 near the Ballantrae neighborhood.
Surrounded by established and new residential neighborhoods and close to the Suncoast Parkway, the Hays Road location is a great place for a shopping center, Dunphy said.
"In this market, there are 20,000 existing homes within a 7-mile radius," Dunphy said. Some 58,623 homes lie within a 10-minute drive of the proposed center, according to the firm's demographic studies.
Ben McLeish, director of retail services for Colliers Arnold, the Tampa real estate firm handling the leasing, said the area is ripe for retail. It has at least nine neighborhoods nearby, plus Bishop McLaughlin High School and Word of Life Bible Institute as well as county parks that host youth sports leagues.
"They're excited about having a place to bring their kids," Dunphy said of youth parents.
The nearest grocery store is a Winn-Dixie at SR 52 and Moon Lake Road, while the closest Publix stores are at SR 52 and Little Road and at the Connerton development. The developers will pay impact fees and make some road improvements.
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