The new year will begin much like the old one ended at the Cypress Creek Town Center retail hub, with shoppers and diners sharing space with construction crews building more stores and restaurants.
In late December, Parkway Construction of Dallas filed for a Pasco County building permit to construct a 109,500-square-foot At Home home decor superstore on Grand Cypress Drive on the south of State Road 56, near the Tampa Premium Outlets mall and Costco. The stores have Lutz addresses, but routinely market themselves as being in Wesley Chapel.
The planned store, first revealed in August, will be Texas-based At Home's first outlet in the Tampa Bay area. The permit application lists the value of the construction project at $9.675 million.
At Home, which offers an inventory of 50,000 items ranging from furniture and rugs to art and housewares, went public in 2016 and announced plans previously to open 25 new stores in 2018.
On the same side of the Cypress Creek Town Center, crews continue to work on a multi-store retail building next to Starbucks.
Fliers from Southeast Retail Group, the company leasing the property, identify two of the tenants as Nationwide Vision and MOD, a fast-casual pizza restaurant that began 10 years ago in Seattle.
It would be MOD's first restaurant in the Tampa Bay region. It currently has stores in Jacksonville and Parkland and planned stores in Kendall and Coral Springs, according to the company's web site.
On the north side of SR 56, on land being developed by Sierra Properties, Berry Construction of Chattanooga, Tennessee, applied for a construction permit for a 16,850-square-foot building, costing nearly $1.7 million. The permit application lists the construction as a shell building for retail use, but Robert Sierra of Sierra Properties said the seven-store strip center already has lined up its tenants.
"You'll recognize every name when you see them,'' said Sierra, who said the occupants will include two additional sit-down restaurants.
Currently, there are 15 existing or planned restaurants, not counting MOD, along the half-mile stretch of SR 56 west of Interstate 75. The new center will be west of Ford's Garage.
"We're always delighted when specialty space is coming, and we know, based on history, it fills up quickly,'' said Hope Allen, president and CEO of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce.
"We look forward to whatever retail is coming to the area.''
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