Retailers Look South Towards West Villages

The Herald Tribune recently wrote an article discussing the fact that the retail industry is moving into what once was considered a “retail dead zone” between Jacaranda Blvd, North Port, and Englewood . This area will now be known as the West Villages and we are developing a shopping center at the SW corner of U.S. 41 and West Villages Pkwy.

“I sat down with Josh Beyer, the senior vice president of development for the Sembler Company, late last month at the International Council of Shopping Centers’ major conference in Las Vegas. His firm is handling the leasing for the West Villages’ first retail development, and he tells me the project is exceeding expectations.

The property is set to open in late 2018 or early 2019. It’s too early to elaborate on specific tenants beyond the roughly 50,000-square-foot Publix that’s slated to anchor the neighborhood center, he says, but adds that the response has been overwhelming for the 25,000 square feet of retail space that will accompany the grocer. He’s got letters of intent, contracts in place and leases signed for the shopping center known as the West Villages Marketplace. Retailers are excited about that ranch land, but even moreso about the rooftops that are popping up around it.”

Read the full article HERE

Menderski, Maggie. “Retailers Look South toward West Villages.” Sarasota Herald, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 10 June 2017,

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