Construction is booming all along S.R. 56, with each new building bringing new questions — What’s that going to be?
When you head east on S.R. 56 you can see new construction behind Restaurant Row, the string of eateries that now line 56 across from the Tampa Premium Outlets.
According to permitting records, an 11,015-sq.-ft. Party City store is coming, as well as a 55,084-sq.-ft. Hobby Lobby, which has been previously reported.
(Older permitting from May also shows an 11,003-sq.-ft. Five Below discount store as well, but nothing has been updated since, perhaps because the shell had yet to be constructed, as it is now).
Founded in 1986 and based in Rockaway, NJ, Party City is a chain specializing in party supplies and Halloween costumes, with the nearest one located on E. Fowler Ave. across from University Mall.
It is unclear from the permitting filed if the Wesley Chapel location will be a Party City or it’s new concept, a Toy City, which hopes to fill the void left by Toys R Us.
Hobby Lobby is a chain of arts & crafts stores based in Oklahoma City, with the nearest locations in Zephyrhills, New Port Richey, Clearwater and Lakeland. Founded in 1972 with a single store, today there are more than 800 Hobby Lobby stores nationwide.
TENANT WANTED: Developer Rave Commercial has filled three of the four vacancies in its new strip center on S.R. 54 a half-mile east of Bruce B. Downs Blvd., and says that business at the new Starbucks that is anchoring the Pleasant Plaza has so far exceeded expectations.
The plaza also is home to Pizza Hut, which opened earlier this summer, and a nail salon will be soon be beginning construction.
That leaves one 1,267 sq.-ft. space left to lease, which developers say has to be a retail store.
With Publix soon to be on the move and relocating to S.R. 54 and Wiregrass Ranch Blvd. from its current location on Bruce B. Downs and S.R. 54, and all the action happening across the street with Dunkin’ Donuts, Chick-Fil-A and Wawa beginning construction soon, the developers of Pleasant Plaza are hoping to land a notable retail business to an area that should be a hotbed for customers in the coming years.