Q: Hey, Tim, I tried to find info I thought you put out regarding the corner of Everglades Boulevard and Golden Gate Boulevard for address 55 Everglades Blvd. N. What shops will be going there and across the street?
— Carlos Miranda, Naples A: For starters, two previously undeveloped corners of Everglades and Golden Gate boulevards each will have food marts. Everglades Food Mart is coming to the northwest corner, while 7 Food Mart and Tortilleria is going up on the northeast corner. Each commercial project will have entrances off of both roads.
Everglades Food Mart will anchor Everglades Square, a nearly 25,000-square-foot multi-tenant retail center. Vertical construction started last November on the retail strip, which is targeted for completion this October, said Everglades Square owner David Samadnejad.
“Everything is going well and I’ve just got my hands full at full speed over here,” said Mr. Samadnejad, who expects the building’s exterior to be mostly finished in August. “I’m doing all my tenant buildouts to save them some money and time, as well, so from August to October I’m going to get their units completed.”
The 9,302-square-foot Everglades Food Mart will fill a third of the center’s 18 units. The store will feature a rotisserie chicken station and a grab-and-go pickup area for Latin and American lunch and dinner favorites such as street tacos and sandwiches, Mr. Samadnejad said.
Other businesses signing on for spaces in Everglades Square include Moravela’s Pizza, Antojitos Y Mas Ice Cream, RG Truck & Auto Parts, Ambiance Nail Spa and a barber shop. Moravela’s operates a longtime location in East Naples for its New York-style pizza. Antojitos Y Mas has another ice cream shop on Golden Gate Parkway in Golden Gate.
“I think the residents have a lot to look forward to and I’m excited to see what other businesses come along in the following months,” Mr. Samadnejad said. “In the next six weeks I should have something that looks like a finished product with stucco, paint and finishes.”
Seven units remain available to lease. Three in the middle of the building are about 1,450 square feet each. Units 101 through 104, which face Golden Gate Boulevard, also are available.
“It’s 3,587 square feet of continuous space and I’m holding out for a second anchor,” Mr. Samadnejad said. “But, if that doesn’t happen, then I’ll rent the units out as smaller spaces.”
Under construction directly across the street is the third 7 Food Mart & Tortilleria by Anand and Kelvin Deonarine. Each time the local brothers build a new store they nearly double the size of their previous one. In 2003, they opened 7 Food Mart & Tortilleria on 40th Terrace SW in Golden Gate. In 2015, they built another 7,380-square-foot store on Santa Barbara Boulevard that is twice as large as the first one. Construction started in January on the 13,497-square-foot store in the Estates that will be bigger than the first two combined.
The store at 60 Everglades Blvd. N. is projected to open by the end of the year, if no hiccups happen, Kelvin Deonarine said. “We are trying as fast as we can. We expect to open before the holiday season,” he said. “If not, first thing next year.”
The local food mart offers meats, produce, seafood, beverages and international items. Not only is it a convenience store, but also it’s a takeout business for Mexican and Cuban cuisine such as tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas, plantains, chicharron, Cuban sandwiches and pork picnic shoulder.
Q: Do you have any idea of what is going on at the old E.B.’s next to Olive Garden Naples? Lots of construction! Thanks. — Katy M., East Naples
A: That long-vacant restaurant space near the intersection of Davis Boulevard and U.S. 41 East soon will be taking doctor’s appointments rather than dinner reservations.
The sixth office for Advocate Radiation Oncology is targeted to open there in December, said Dr. Arie Dosoretz, one of ARO’s managing partners with his father and sister, Drs. Daniel Dosoretz and Amy Fox, and other local physicians. The team of doctors, many formerly with Fort Myers-based 21st Century Oncology, started the locally owned and operated radiation oncology practice in Southwest Florida two years ago with its first office in Port Charlotte. They since have opened offices in Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Fort Myers in Lee County and Tamarac in Broward County. Shortly after the Naples office opens, another is planned in Bradenton.
“We are looking at an additional Collier location. I still think there are additional opportunities in Lee, as well,” said Dr. Dosoretz, a third-generation radiation oncologist. His grandfather, the late Dr. Bernardo Dosoretz, was a pioneer in the field in Argentina, and his father was the founder and CEO of 21st Century for more than three decades.
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