Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Trader Joe's? Publix?: New construction and new market heading to Woodlands Square

OLDSMAR — Trader Joe's? Safeway? Whole Foods Market?

Although the name has yet to be revealed, hurdles are being cleared to give Oldsmar a new place to load up on groceries. Although the specific store has not been identified, other facts have been disclosed, including the exact location. Its home will be Woodlands Square, right next to Beall's.

The City Council recently approved a development agreement with Woodlands Square Community Reinvestment Partners allowing for the renovation of the shopping center at 3130 Tampa Road. The center, more than 30 years old, is about a half-mile from Canal Park and is most known for AMC Woodlands 20, a popular movie theater last renovated in 2000.

In front of the council, Mark Van Dyke, the director of development for Ram Realty Services, owner of Woodlands Square, reviewed the timeline for the project, with a goal of opening for business by September 2017.

"We are securing the grocery store,'' he said. "We plan to start demolition right after the first of the year. We'll get through the holiday season and will then commence on construction of the grocery store.''

Along with the mystery store, new construction of another retail space, totalling 10,500 square feet, is also planned. Brian Maloney, managing director of Ram Reality, said the standalone store will be at the center of the current parking lot and will serve as a connecting point. It will be a store where people will want to enter after leaving Beall's, for example, shop through and exit towards Marshalls without having to walk too far.

"Right now there's a lot of parking lot space, and this will be a store that moves people from one part of the shopping center to another easier,'' he said.

To make way for new construction, a portion of the west side of Woodlands Square, with several vacant stores, will be torn down. Current tenants on the west side will be moved to another site on the property.

The project also includes updating storefront exteriors as well as renovating some of the interior of the movie theater, including widening the aisles.

Another highlight will be a constructed pathway with signage to improve pedestrian and bike access between Woodlands Square and Canal Park, with its BMX Supercross track and sports fields.

"The details haven't been worked out yet, but the idea of including a walkway came about from the idea of connecting the community's open space with the community's shopping space,'' Maloney said.

Contact Piper Castillo at [email protected] Follow @Florida_PBJC.

Trader Joe's? Publix?: New construction and new market heading to Woodlands Square 08/11/16 [Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2016 11:16am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning Strikes! podcast: Breaking down the Bolts' record start

    Blogs

    In this episode of our Lightning Strikes! podcast, we break down the Lightning's record 7-1-1 start. Why are Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos clicking so well? Why Mikhail Sergachev is likely here …

    Why are Steven Stamkos, pictured, and Nikita Kucherov clicking so well?
  2. Girl's fatal fall aboard cruise ship in Miami raises concerns over safety

    Transportation

    A child's fatal fall aboard a cruise ship a week ago appears to be an unusual accident, but it still may raise concerns about safety for potential passengers traveling with children.

    Friends and family mourn Zion Smith, the 8-year-old girl who fell to her death aboard a Carnival cruise in Miami this weekend. [Image from Facebook]
  3. My AP Top 25 ballot: UCF moves into the top 15, Michigan falls out

    Blogs

    No major changes in my latest AP Top 25 ballot.

  4. Forecast: Cold front on the way, but still upper 80s in Tampa Bay Sunday

    Weather

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay's heat is about to break, but Sunday will still see temperatures in the high 80s, meteorologists forecast.

    Tampa Bay should see temperatures in the upper 80s Sunday with a chance for showers late. [Courtesy 10News WTSP]
  5. Lutz driver dead after crash with semi on Dale Mabry Highway

    Accidents

    LUTZ — A 68-year-old driver died Saturday night in a crash with a semitrailer truck on Dale Mabry Highway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.