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.
BACK TO THE BURG❗️ Nitallys ThaiMex is COMING SOON to 1163 9th Street North (formerly Art of Sushi)! 🤭🎉😄 After closing their wildly popular restaurant in the Grand Central District last year, Nit and Ally opened up Nitally’s Express in South Pasadena. But the plan was always to return to St Pete. It won’t be much longer before we can enjoy their delicious Green Curry Burrito and Chipotle Pad Thai in sunny St Pete again! 🌮😎☀️
🍍Pineapple Espresso🍍, a drive-thru coffee shop and health-focused eatery, is NOW OPEN at 3045 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street North! 🎉😁 Their coffee is roasted in-house and available in drip, espresso, cold brew, or whole bean ☕️ And from the comfort of your car, you can order fresh healthy food such as avocado toast topped with local citrus, roasted beet, crumbled goat cheese, walnut and mint 🥑 Who else is excited for Burg-roasted coffee and healthy food via DRIVE-THRU!? 😊
NEW THIS MONTH❗ A cocktail lounge, the old police HQ site, an eco-boutique, 400 Central Avenue, and a Greek-Lebanese eatery 😋
Do you find it hard to keep up with everything opening in Downtown St Pete these days? Not anymore! 😄 Downtown Developments is a monthly column featuring a few of the most exciting new happenings on the horizon for the Sunshine City ☀️ Every month, read Downtown Developments online at StPeteRising.com and in print in Green Bench Monthly 🎉