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.
Maple Street Biscuit Co will open in Downtown St Pete this year! Check out StPeteRising.com for the full story! #StPeteRising
The Salvador, a 74-unit condo tower, started moving in residents this past month. Located in the Innovation District next to USFSP and The Dali Museum. DDA Development is interested in building additional projects in Downtown St Pete. #StPeteRising
We are now in PRINT! Starting with the May issue of Green Bench Monthly, look for our column called Downtown Developments -- future restaurant, retail, and real estate news in Downtown St. Pete. @greenbenchmonthly