Last week Sundial released its tenant lineup and announced it was 90% leased. I've given the store lineup a few days to sink in and I must say that while I'm not taken aback by the stores, I am impressed. In today's retail market it takes a lot for a brand to risk opening a store, let alone in a previously failed downtown retail center.
While there isn't a famed J.Crew or an Apple store, what we got is a very diverse mix of national and local retailers, which I think is great.
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Sundial St.Pete is whether or not its tenant lineup will create a shopping and dining destination. In its heyday, Baywalk was a booming shopping center with bustling shops and restaurants but controversy sunk the retail complex and brought vacancy rates close to 90%. Sundial St.Pete hopes revive the shopping center and give it new glory. I'm confident that Bill Edwards will bring a strong tenant list to- once again- make the complex a top destination. Recently the Tampa Bay Times revealed that a Marilyn Monroe spa and possibly a Ruth's Chris Steak House will be among the tenants in Sundial. Joining these two tenants are the return of Chico's and White House Black Market.
The Johns Hopkins Research Center in Downtown St Pete topped out in February. This $95.5M, 225k square foot project is one of many currently rising in downtown. Check out StPeteRising.com for our 1Q17 development update!
Numex Chile, New Mexican chile-centric cuisine, is coming soon to the Grand Central District! Who's hungry for some blue corn pancakes, green chile cheeseburgers and breakfast burritos? Expected to open in June 2017 at 2710 Central Ave! #StPeteRising
The latest food trend is coming to St Pete! Sweet Charlie's specializes in Thai-inspired rolled ice cream. Opening this summer in the EDGE District st1010 Central Avenue (formerly Yoga Energy Studio) #StPeteRising