Joint venture partners, West Villages and The Sembler Company announce the groundbreaking of West Villages Marketplace, a Publix anchored neighborhood shopping center, located at the corner of West Villages Parkway and U.S. 41/S. Tamiami Trail in South Sarasota County, Florida.

Scheduled to open Fall 2019, the 105,000-square-foot retail plaza will be anchored by a 47,000 square-foot Publix Supermarket and supported by a complementary mix of services and restaurants designed for convenience. The highly‐anticipated center is the first retail node to be integrated into the acclaimed West Villages Florida master-planned community over the next several years. As West Villages continues to reshape South Sarasota County, each retail component has been thoughtfully planned to complement existing and future residential growth and create best-in-class retail environments for residents and visitors.

“Along with our partners at Sembler, we are excited to offer an inviting and distinguished shopping experience to our residents and surrounding community,” said Paul Erhardt, President of West Villages Florida. “We have curated the right mix of local, regional and national retail merchants.

Sembler’s Senior Vice President of Development Josh Beyer said, “We are excited about our partnership with West Villages and look forward to bringing Publix and other business to the rapidly growing West Villages community.”

Careful consideration has been given to pleasing and interesting architectural styles, design, timeless materials, pedestrian-friendly walkways, unique storefronts with elegant signage, lush landscape, and seating areas that encourage exploration of the surrounding retail offerings.

The new Publix at West Villages Marketplace will include a full-service pharmacy as well as a large bakery and deli.

“We’re very excited about this new location,” said Publix’s Media and Community Relations Manager, Brian West. “We want shopping at Publix to be convenient for our customers and opening this location will certainly help.”

In addition to the Publix, additional Marketplace signed leases include Heartland Dental, Sparkle Brite Pools, a Japanese/Thai restaurant, China1, All Star Laundry and a nail salon. 7-Eleven has leased one of the outparcels along Tamiami Trail for a gas station and convenience store. Marketplace leasing efforts will continue to target restaurants, coffee shops, financial services, home design and décor, beauty and health services. For leasing information contact Jessica Moreno at (727) 384-6000 or

Additionally, West Villages is currently in design-phase for a Town Center – an urban inspired retail destination where dining experiences, entertainment and boutiques will be integrated with waterfront experiences, public spaces and high-density residential. This destination will serve as an extension of everyday life, providing experiences and a modern lifestyle for residents and the surrounding community.

About West Villages Florida

The more than 15,000 acres that comprise West Villages Florida ( are located adjacent to the Tamiami Trail corridor in South Sarasota County between the urban centers of the City of Venice and the City of North Port. The community is being developed by a partnership that includes Mattamy Homes (, the largest privately owned home builder in North America, and Vanguard Land, one of the region’s premier and well-respected land developers. In 2018 John Burns Real Estate Consulting named West Villages Florida the 5th fastest selling Master-Planned Community in the country.


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