inside Orlando’s first Earth Fare market in Lake Nona

 

 

will be getting the first of what could be many of organic grocery chain Earth Fare’s greater locations.

The Fletcher, N.C.-based company opened its 24,000-square-foot store at 13204 Narcoossee Road on Sept. 29 as the anchor to the $10.5 million Shoppes at Nona Place facility. The store features the same styling as many other Earth Fare stores, but there is a local feel for the residents of Lake Nona, according to Earth Fare CEO Frank Scorpiniti.

“What is not prototype is how we join each community, some of the refinement we do and the assortment of local products we have on the shelf,” Scorpiniti told Orlando Journal.“While the furniture is pretty darn similar, the people and local product assortment will be very focused for each store we open.”

The location at the Shoppes at Nona Place is among an increase of development in the area, including a 7,000-square-foot store for Sunrise-based Pet Supermarket Inc. The shopping center, developed by Palm Beach Gardens-based Blackfin Partners and Canadian firm North American Development Group, still is looking for other tenants. Interested parties can go here for more information.

Why develop in Lake Nona? We have a store we developed in Lakewood Ranch with (Development Co.), and of course, we toured many of its developments. We came to Lake Nona having known that, and we were incredibly inspired by the health and wellness focus of this particular community. We had become aware of this potential two-and-a-half year ago and understood the growth that was going to occur in this community with the young families, with moms and dads focused on health. What we offer was kind of missing here, and what we could do fills a need that has yet been addressed.

What has it been like getting more involved in the community? We have been here as a management team many times, but one of the ways our company becomes familiar with the community is we ask people to serve on community advisory boards and have met with our teams on more than four occasions to help us understand the community. That started 90 days ago, and we really appreciate what they do to tell us what the community needs, what we can do to be a better neighbor — and that’s put into the building blocks of this particular store.

What does it mean to stick to an organic food philosophy compared to other chains? It makes us very proud our focus is on health and wellness. We know if we do this right, the sales and growth of our company will come. Rather than being focused on selling everything, we’re focused on making sure we don’t sell what we perceive to be bad for health. I think that’s a very special position in retail — we have a higher purpose than filling a grocery buggy. Our purpose is filling it with longevity, health, and happiness.

What are the next expansion steps for the area? Our next store in the area will be by Orlando Health on the corner of Orange Avenue and Gore Street. That will open later this year and we are very excited. That will be No. 2 of probably eight to 10 stores we are looking at in the Orlando area currently. Many of these are still under negotiation.

Chick-fil-A -slated Lake Nona

By   – Staff Writer, Orlando Journal
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A 75,000-square-foot retail development soon could be home to ‘s first Chick-fil-A.

College Park, Ga.-based Chick-fil-A Inc. is in talks for signing a lease at Tyson’s Corner, a retail development at the northeast corner of Narcoossee and Tyson Road, sources told Orlando Business Journal. It would be the first Chick-fil-A location in Lake Nona.

A Chick-fil-A spokeswoman said the company hopes to have more to confirm about a Lake Nona location in the weeks to come. “We would very much like to have a new location in the Lake Nona area, but we have no new locations to confirm at this time,” spokeswoman Jessica Ferrell told OBJ.

Meanwhile, several other tenants either have signed leases or are in talks for space inside Tyson’s Corner. Click through the slideshow below to see which tenants could be coming to the retail center.

SRS brokered the purchase for the 9.69-acre Tyson’s Corner property on June 15, according to Orange County records. Entities related to Clearwater-based Epic Development Co. bought the property for $9 million from entity Lake Nona Holdings LLC. “We like the demographics and the growth,” said Epic Development Managing Member Andrew Hupp, who declined to confirm tenant interest in Tyson’s Corner.

The site may break ground in February with potential tenants moving in by summer 2019, said Hupp. Holiday-based FWH Architects Inc. is the architect, and Palm Harbor-based AVID Group is the engineer. Epic typically handles the general contracting itself, but Hupp said it was too early to start accepting subcontracting bids.

The property, which is next to Lake Nona High School, adds to new retail in Lake Nona. The largest retail project is the $300 million piece of Lake Nona Town Center, which is expected to make a big retail and splash for the growing southeast Orlando community, which already boasts more than 11,000 residents, 5,000 employees and 14,000-plus students at its schools.

Lake Nona pizza and brew pub

By   – Associate Managing Editor, Orlando Journal

anyone, Lake Nona. A new original restaurant concept will open its doors soon in the community’s developing entertainment center.

Park Pizza & Brewing Co. — the new 5,055-square-foot, 186-seat restaurant and brewery created by Restaurant Collection — will open in November on Lake Nona Boulevard south of State Road 417 in the Lake Nona Town Center. This will be the third Lake Nona restaurant for Tavistock Restaurant Collection, a sister company to Lake Nona developer Tavistock Development Co. LLC., joining Canvas Restaurant & Market and Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen.

The new restaurant will be a community-focused gathering place with indoor and outdoor seating, serving scratch-made pizza from wood-burning ovens and an onsite glass-enclosed brewery featuring craft beers, as Orlando Business Journal previously reported. The restaurant in an existing space near Chroma will offer dine-in and order-ahead pick-up to go.

“Park Pizza will be a laid-back place where any family will feel welcome to enjoy affordable, high-quality food and craft beer,” Park Pizza & Brewing Co. General Manager MaryAnna Ford said in a prepared statement.

Here’s more from the eatery:

The 12- and 16-inch wood-fired pizzas at the restaurant will begin with housemade, hand-tossed dough, topped with San Marzano tomatoes for the signature sauce, and finished with traditional and premium toppings like buffalo mozzarella, artisanal sausage, fire-roasted fresh vegetables and fresh herbs. The 900-degree pizza ovens will also serve as the primary cooking space for skillet-roasted mussels, oak roasted crispy wings, child-friendly dough poppers and more. … Other design elements include large urban-style murals, art influenced by local artists, interactive wallpaper and large roll-up garage doors on both sides of the dining room for an open and airy feel during cooler months.

Park Pizza & Brewing Co. will be overseen by Chef Jason Bergeron, who also runs the kitchens at Chroma and Canvas. The restaurant — one of several lining up in the surrounding area — also will provide views of the 30,000-square-foot Boxi Park, a retail area built with shipping containers which will open in December with bars, restaurants, beach volleyball courts, and an entertainment venue.

Plus, this restaurant adds to all the other activity in the 17-square-mile Lake Nona, the fast-growing southeast Orlando community that boasts more than 11,000 residents, 5,000 employees in the 650-acre biotech hub, and 14,000-plus students at its schools.

Lake Nona to land big biotech facility

By   – Staff Writer, Journal

Before dirt even has been tossed, a future biotech manufacturing plant in ’s 650-acre is dreaming up expansion plans.

The 18-acre site — likely slated for Cranbury, N.J.-based global tech and biopharmaceutical company Amicus TherapeuticsInc. (Nasdaq: FOLD) — already is being considered for a planned development with manufacturing, office and warehouse space.

And it may include a future phase to accommodate additional parking, office space and a lab area, city of Orlando project planner Wes Shaffer said at a Sept. 13 meeting.

Amicus executives haven’t responded to requests for comment. However, an unnamed company behind “Project Olympus” this month received a city committee approval to build a 200,700-square-foot development at the southwest corner of Laureate Boulevard and Medical City Drive. Real estate sources said Amicus likely is the company behind Project Olympus.

Additionally, Amicus reportedly also was considering other cities for a new facility, but the Orlando City Council approved a nearly $380,000 incentive deal Aug. 20 to attract the company to Central Florida.

The facility would be the first biologic drug substance manufacturing plant with associated research and development in Lake Nona. It’s a major win not only for Orlando but also for Lake Nona, which already is home to the Orlando VA Medical Center, Nemours Children’s Hospital and the University of Central Florida medical school, among others.

“The fact that an innovative business such as Amicus is considering Orlando to build the first biologic drug substance manufacturing plant solidifies Medical City’s ability to attract new and innovative companies,” city spokeswoman Jessica Garcia said.

The new facility would add to a bevy of industrial activity nearby as part of the airport/Lake Nona submarket, one of the largest in the Orlando area.

Earth Fare Grand Opening in Lake Nona

By   – Staff Writer, Journal
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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.

Property Man – Bob Massi Features Lake Nona and Orlando

features in a recent episode… Not only is Lake Nona and one of the fastest growing cities across the nation, but the here is perfect for . Orlando is used as a meter for the real estate market because of the booming economy and the constant influx of new residents and visitors. In this episode, Bob Massi answers why Orlando is so successful and features Lake Nona and as one of the fasted growing community across the nation. Bob takes a tour around Orlando and Lake Nona to see why the market is so successful. The most important message to take away about Orlando is, as most cities across the nation feel the ups and downs of the economic rollercoaster, Orlando is the first to recover and last to feel the pinch.

Watch as Bob Massi uncovers the reasons why Orlando truly is the city beautiful…

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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

By   – Staff Writer, Journal
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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.