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Shops at Wiregrass adding tenants

WESLEY CHAPEL — A fine steak house, a gourmet Italian restaurant, a nightclub and more clothing stores are just a few of the new things that will be available later this year to shoppers at the Shops at Wiregrass.

"We have a pretty hefty lineup coming up," said Greg Lenners, general manager of the 646,000-square-foot "lifestyle center" that opened in October at State Road 56 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. After all the new stores open, the center will be 92 percent leased, he said.

The Shops at Wiregrass recently announced some new tenants, including Traffic, a chain that specializes in moderately priced trendy shoes for men and women. It has locations at nearly every other Tampa Bay area mall.

Moms-to-be also will have more choices in how they show off their baby bumps when Motherhood Maternity opens this summer. Across the street will be Hot Kiss, a clothing store for young women. Lemon, another apparel store specializing in young women's clothes, will also open this summer.

And just when the weather really heats up in July comes You Say When, a self-serve yogurt store.

Two new restaurants also plan openings. Prime Bar, billed as a fine steak house, is set to open in October, while Pagelli's Cucina, an Italian restaurant founded by three brothers from Sicily, is set to open by January.

Pagelli's has one location in Estero, between Naples and Fort Myers. It offers made-from-scratch Italian favorites such as lasagna and chicken marsala and features live entertainment. It also caters and boasts a banquet room.

"We're very family oriented," said Richard Osborne, a partner of the brothers and "the only non-Italian" in the bunch.

The Shops at Wiregrass also continues to contribute to the area's growing after-dark scene, with Aja set to open this fall.

"It's very similar to the Blue Martini," Lenners said.

Lisa Buie can be reached at buie@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4604.

Shops at Wiregrass adding tenants 05/03/09 [Last modified: Sunday, May 3, 2009 7:41pm]
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