Earth Fare Grand Opening in Lake Nona

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Earth Fare will open its first organic grocery store in the area at the end of this month.

The Fletcher, NC.-based chain will open its store Sept. 29 in the Shoppes at Nona Place at 13024 Narcoosee Road in . The 24,000-square-foot location will feature a juice bar as well as a prepared food section with a salad bar, hot foods bar, pizza station, sandwich counter and pre-packed meals.

“At Earth Fare, we are passionate about helping our shoppers make the connection between clean food and longer, healthier, happier lives,” Earth Fare President and CEO Frank Scorpiniti said in a prepared statement. “Since 1975, we’ve been proudly encouraging shoppers to make healthier food choices easy and enjoyable, and we take great pride in expanding our strong Florida presence to the Nona community.”

Earth Fare provides food on its shelves that are free of added hormones and other non-organic ingredients. It keeps a list of booted ingredients which are not allowed on its shelves .

The chain will hold its grand opening celebration Sept. 29 at 7 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a check presentation to Nemours Children’s Hospital. There will be a mystery gift card giveaway for the first 500 customers in line with values up to $1,000, along with other giveaways, free samples, and product demonstrations.

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Cinépolis USA will open a nine-screen, 40,000-square-foot cinema in 2020 in the town center

 

 

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A Dallas-based cinema has pressed play on a new theater in the $780 million Town Center, one of the biggest developments underway in southeast .

Cinépolis USA will open a nine-screen, 40,000-square-foot cinema in 2020 in the town center, according to Tavistock Development Co. LLC. Orlando-based  currently is working on the town center’s $300 million second phase.

It’s the second Cinépolis in Central after the company opened a theater in Winter Garden earlier this month.

Ticket prices typically range from $10-$18 for adults and $8-$14 for children.

Outside of Cinépolis, Lake Nona Town Center’s second phase also will feature a brewery, comedy club and live performance venue, bowling concept, a 215-room luxury hotel and more than 80 restaurants and shops.

“Cinépolis is the entertainment centerpiece for the next phase of the Lake Nona Town Center,” Jim Zboril, president of Tavistock Development Co., said in a prepared statement. “The theater experience is exceptional and epitomizes the quality guests can expect when visiting the town center.

About 37 major retailers are interested in opening shops inside the development. Those retailers range from American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) to Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS). Tavistock hasn’t confirmed any of the potential retailers as tenants.

Retail interest in Lake Nona shouldn’t be a surprise since population growth — as evidenced by home sales — drives retail. Lake Nona notched the No. 15 spot among the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities with 523 home sales in 2017, John Burns Real Estate Consulting reported.

In addition, Lake Nona’s daytime population continues to grow with its 650-acre life sciences hub and future developments such as New York-based audit giant KPMG LLP’s $430 million, 55-acre training facility being built on Lake Nona Boulevard, and the teaching hospital being built by University of Central Florida-Hospital Corp. of America (NYSE: HCA).

Residents in Lake Nona often have higher wages and live in pricier than the average Orlando resident. Lake Nona household income was $143,500 in 2017, nearly three times Orange County’s average household income of $49,391, according to Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh. And that is attractive to major retailers.

“The market as a whole in Lake Nona has only gotten better and continues to get better,” retail expert Jorge Rodriguez, executive managing director in Central Florida of Colliers International

Amazon delivers up hiring events for Lake Nona fulfillment center

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Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) on Aug. 10 kicked off mass efforts to hire more than 1,500 workers at its new $132 million fulfillment center.

The Seattle-based e-commerce giant wants to fill full- and part-time positions for its 2.3 million-square-foot, four-story Amazon Robotics fulfillment center in southwest Orlando. Amazon will host hiring events between Aug. 10-23 at the Hilton Garden Inn at 7300 Augusta National Drive near Orlando International Airport.

Prospective candidates will be seen by appointment only will be hired on the spot during the event. Appointments can be set up one online on the company’s Amazon Delivers job website, as there will be no walk-ins. Those interested in mobile phone updates also can text MCONOW to 77088. Benefits will include health care coverage starting on Day 1, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave, 401(k) and company stock awards; shift schedules will vary.

Amazon previously announced it will hire up to 1,500 people for the Lake Nona center and has the potential to hire up to 2,500 during the holiday season. It has more than 125,000 full-time associates at more than 100 fulfillment centers across North America.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s fulfillment center is part of a boom in major development in the southeast Orlando’s Lake Nona. Audit giant KPMG LLC is underway on a $450 million training complex and the U.S. Tennis Association, which already built its $100 million National Campus in Lake Nona, wants to expand. And Lake Nona developer Group has kicked off early work on the next $300 million phase of the Lake Nona Town Center, which reportedly is attracting plenty of major retailer interest.

Lake Nona has more than 11,000 residents, 5,000 employees at its 650-acre life sciences hub and about 11,000 students at its schools — including the University of Central College of Medicine.

“Having Amazon involved certainly makes industrial — which hasn’t always risen to the top — more interesting,” John Pottinger, commercial development director for Lake Nona developer Tavistock Development Co. LLC, previously told Orlando Business Journal. “This sophisticated fulfillment center routinely will employ more than 1,000 people day in and day out … and will impact Lake Nona and Orlando’s jobs, retail and housing. It fits nicely into our overall plans and ambitions for Lake Nona.”

Step inside the KPMG’s $450M training center in Lake Nona

It’s best to use a golf cart to motor around New York-based KPMG LLP’s future 780,000-square-foot Lake Nona campus.

The titanic Learning, Development & Innovation Center at Lake Nona — spreading out over 55 acres — already towers above the tree line despite still being built in the fast-growing southeast Orlando community. The $450 million project, perhaps the most significant in Lake Nona, is so large that 250,000 cubic yards of dirt were moved during early site work — enough to fill 76 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The structure, which when completed will bring about 800 KPMG staffers on-site per week for training, topped out Aug. 8 after breaking ground in May 2017. Before the ceremony, Orlando Journal stepped inside the unfinished building to take look at its development.

Workers are sprinting toward a late 2019 completion, as the training center is expected to open in January 2020. See the photo gallery for a closer look.

Most of the building’s skeleton has been erected, and future spaces have started to take shape. Rows of classrooms with 14-foot-tall ceilings are visible in addition to most of the 800 single-occupancy guest rooms and other learning and innovation spaces. A trip down unfinished halls reveals multiple, two-story communal lounges, which are aimed at fostering collaboration among the trainees. Most spaces around the facility encourage socializing. For example, KPMG workers won’t have access to refrigerators in their room, in the hopes that they’ll mingle in shared space

A look at accounting giant’s $430 million training center that will bring 40,000 company visitors each year.

Inside KMPG Training facility

Outside of training and socializing, the building also will feature eating spaces, like a pizza/pasta station and a wine bar. The facility will house a 15,000-square-foot fitness center in addition to a bevy of outdoor spaces.

is expected to start soon on a town hall center that can seat about 1,000 people and can be further subdivided for smaller events. A separate 15,000-square-foot social venue/pub also has yet to start construction.

From the top floors, Lake Nona can be seen above the trees and a crescent shape to one side of the facility offers views of nature behind the back of the facility.

Despite being so large, the site will hold about 350 parking spots, since most of the people parking will be staff. Shuttles will eventually run employees between the training center and nearby Orlando International Airport.

“Building on our culture of continuous learning and our nationally recognized learning and development program, the new facility will integrate leading-edge design and technology to help prepare our professionals to deliver new business models and breakthrough solutions for our clients,” KPMG CFO David Turner said in a prepared statement. “This project represents a significant investment in our exceptional professionals and the future of our firm.”

Why KPMG and USTA built a home in Orlando’s Lake Nona

Located just ten minutes from International Airport sits , one of the nation’s fastest-growing communities on a mission to support a holistically healthy living. Lake Nona encompasses over 13,000 residents and more than 10 million square feet of residential and commercial facilities, including the University of Central Florida () College of Medicine and Nemours Children’s Hospital.20170506_NONA_0005-blog
Aerial view of the Lake Nona community, ten minutes from Orlando International Aiport.

Companies have been attracted to Lake Nona for its extensive land options, proximity to Orlando International Airport, groundbreaking gigabit fiber optic technology (named one of only nine Iconic Smart + Connected communities in the world) and all-inclusive community amenities.

In 2018, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) celebrated a one-year anniversary for its new “Home for American Tennis” at Lake Nona. ’s new Home for American Tennis is the biggest and most innovative facility of its kind in the world, with revolutionary technology built into its 100 outdoor tennis courts – recording training data that coaches and professionals from around the country can take back to their communities.

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USTA’s National Campus in Orlando.

USTA needed a location that would supply enough space for its 63-acre facility and embody the principles of the association. USTA not only found the land it needed to build its new Home in Lake Nona; it found a collaborative community that embraces its mission of inspiring human performance. And by partnering with UCF, Visit Orlando and Visit Florida, USTA felt confident that it could fill its stands at its national and international tournaments.

“It became clear early on that Orlando was our new home because this is an exciting, energetic place to be,” Gordon Smith, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of USTA.

In 2017, KPMG began on its new global learning, development and innovation facility. As KPMG’s largest capital investment ever, it was imperative for KPMG to find a location that fit a long list of important criteria: the right culture, climate, community partnerships, incentives, transportation and more. KPMG needed a place that would foster an innovative and collaborative environment for employee training. KPMG considered 49 potential cities including Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas before choosing Orlando.

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Rendering of KPMG’s new global training center.

Orlando’s Lake Nona met and exceeded KPMG’s criteria for their largest capital investment project ever. Not only did the city’s future-forward vision resonate with KPMG, but the company was able to fly directly to 90 percent of its other office locations from Orlando International Airport.

“One of the key factors in choosing Orlando was the innovation we see here,” KPMG’s U.S. Chair and CEO Lynne Doughtie said. “The Lake Nona area is known for innovation, and that factor was lacking in many other cities we considered. Of course, all the recreational opportunities in the area are also a big draw.”

KPMG’s $400 million learning, development, and innovation facility in Orlando is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2019.

New Lake Nona Publix Shopping Center

Publix Shopping

A new retail lineup has been revealed for a Publix-anchored shopping center now under in .

Lake Nona’s developer Tavistock Development Co. LLC on July 26 announced five new tenants for the roughly 60,000-square-foot Lake Nona Creekside on the northwest corner of Boggy Creek Road and Lake Nona Boulevard. The estimated $9 million-$12 million shopping center will serve Lake Nona’s growing population east of Boggy Creek Road, including ‘s Ariel Apartments, Somerset Park neighborhood, Voxx International Corp.’s (Nasdaq: VOXX) Voxx Automotive headquarters and the new 2.3-million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center set to open this summer, a Tavistock representative said. A representative from Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) said the fulfillment center should open before the holiday season this year.

Meanwhile, the new tenants at Lake Nona Creekside will take up about 11,000 square feet of space in total, joining the 46,000-square-foot Publix, which is scheduled to open in October. The new stores will open in late 2018 or 2019 in the shopping center.

Outside of retail, a 120-room, the select-service hotel will be part of the project, however, a brand hasn’t been determined, said Tavistock spokeswoman Karlee Kunkle said in an emailed response. Greenway Park I LLC — an entity of Tavistock — on Oct. 19 submitted an application for the new hotel.

Amazon to deliver its Lake Nona fulfillment center largest industrial project

One of Orlando’s largest and most game-changing real estate projects appears to be getting closer to its grand opening.

Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is scheduled to complete its 2.3 million-square-foot, four-story fulfillment center in southwest Orlando’s community in this year’s third quarter. The massive warehouse on the growing west side of Lake Nona near Orlando International Airport created about 1,200 temporary jobs. When completed, it will employ more than 1,500 — with up to 2,500 employees during the holiday season — who will have a chance to engage with Amazon’s high-tech robotics.

The $132 million project also solidified Orlando as an emerging statewide logistics hub. Once Amazon signed on, several local real estate agents pointed to increased activity from other companies interested in bringing the new “mega distribution center model” to the region — which creates thousands of jobs and can change the community’s landscape.

Plus, Amazon is yet another high-profile tenant joining the Lake Nona lineup, along with audit giant KPMG LLC and the U.S. Tennis Association, among others.

“Having Amazon involved certainly makes industrial — which hasn’t always risen to the top — more interesting,” John Pottinger, commercial development director for Lake Nona developer Development Co. LLC, previously told Orlando Journal. “This sophisticated fulfillment center routinely will employ more than 1,000 people day in and day out … and will impact Lake Nona and Orlando’s jobs, retail and housing. It fits nicely into our overall plans and ambitions for Lake Nona.”

The Lake Nona project earned top industrial deal honors in OBJ‘s 2018 Structures Awards.

Amazon’s 50-foot-tall Orlando fulfillment center is composed of concrete tilt walls with the textured coating, aluminum storefront windows, and metal composite canopies, public documents showed. Here’s what else It will include:

  • 2,500 parking spaces, 36 accessible-parking spaces, and eight motorcycle spaces
  • Administrative offices
  • 417-person break room
  • A total of 64 9-foot-by-10-foot overhead doors, two 14-foot-by-16-foot drive-in doors
  • 263 tractor-trailer parking spaces
  • A dedicated compactor
  • This is part of Amazon’s nationwide expansion strategy as it looks to provide same-day delivery in more places — and it chose to build a fulfillment center in Orlando without being awarded economic-development incentives.

Address: 12340 Boggy Creek Road, Orlando 32824

Timeline: The 130-acre site was purchased and early construction work began in July 2017; the building was topped off in November 2017; completion scheduled for third-quarter 2018


Amazon fulfillment center

Address: 12340 Boggy Creek Road, Orlando 32824

Timeline: The 130-acre site was purchased and early construction work began in July 2017; the building was topped off in November 2017; completion scheduled for third-quarter 2018

These 37 tenants want space in Lake Nona Town Center

Some of the biggest retailers in the U.S. — from Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) to Michael Kors Inc. — are targeting the yet-to-open $780 million Town Center, one of the biggest developments underway in southeast Orlando.

About 37 major retailers are interested in opening shops inside the development, according to documents obtained by Orlando Journal. Orlando-based Tavistock Development Co. LLC is currently working on the town center’s $300 million second phase.



The town center is expected to introduce about 80 shops and restaurants, a hotel, office space and more into the fast-growing 17-square-mile community. The documents are preliminary, and it’s unknown which retailers, if any, have signed lease agreements. The town center’s general contractor is Birmingham, Alabama-based Hoar LLC.

“This was an aspirational list that was not intended to be shared and includes retailers that are not yet confirmed,” Jessi Blakley, senior director of Development Co., said in an emailed response to a request for comment. “We continue to be excited about Lake Nona Town Center, which will serve as the defining anchor and amenity for Lake Nona, the fastest-growing community in Orlando. Ultimately, the 100-acre destination will feature more than 4 million square feet of entertainment, commercial, retail, and restaurant space at build-out. We look forward to making official announcements about confirmed tenants soon.”

Retailers and other companies have been attracted to the 17-square-mile Lake Nona, one of Central ‘s hottest communities. It notched the No. 15 spot among the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities with 523 home sales in 2017, John Burns Real Estate Consulting reported. Additionally, the community already boasts more than 11,000 residents, 5,000 employees in its 650-acre life sciences hub, plenty of new activity in the 300-acre Sports & Performance District, and more than 11,000 students at its schools.

At least three Lake Nona projects, including pop-up shops in shipping containers and a new corporate office, are expected to open by the end of the year.

Orlando Health snags Lake Nona-area land for expansion

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Orlando Health — a $3.8 billion nonprofit health care organization with nine area hospitals — has grabbed more property, this time in the area.

Health closed on the purchase of 15.13 acres of vacant land today, June 18, for roughly $9.9 million at the northeast corner of Dowden Road and Randal Park Boulevard.

The property was bought from Randal Park Investors LLC, which is developing a $25 million grocery-anchored shopping center on the northwest corner of State Road 417 and Dowden Road. Randal Park Investors— a joint venture between Winter Park-based BluRock Commercial Real Estate LLC and Orlando-based Intram Investments Inc.— bought the property from Colonial Properties Services Inc. in February for $3.5 million, county records showed.

Orlando Health said the new property will allow it to expand its services in the southeast Orlando area, but didn’t specify the exact use, but it could be to create a freestanding emergency room or more outpatient services.

Its competitor, Florida Hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System/Sunbelt, also has a major interest in the growing Lake Nona market as it has a 67.24-acre site it bought in 2016 and another 15 acres it recently bought on Narcoossee Road on the north and south sides of Lake Nona Boulevard. likely will start with physicians and outpatient services, then add emergency services and eventually a hospital as the population grows, Hospital President Daryl Tol previously told Orlando Journal.

This purchase is one of several lands grabs Orlando Health has made in the past months. The nonprofit earlier announced plans to buy property in downtown Orlando and a new medical office building in Oviedo. Orlando Health also has been rumored to be under contract to purchase 51 acres in Apopka, which would be a new market for the healthcare system.