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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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Lake Nona global biotech firm to build facility, create 300+ high-wage jobs

City Council approved a nearly $380,000 incentive deal Aug. 20 for a Biotech and biopharmaceutical firm to build a major manufacturing plant in .

Cranbury, N.J.-based Amicus Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: FOLD) wants to build a 190,690-square-foot facility — its first biologic drug substance manufacturing plant with associated research and development in Lake Nona. The company will create 316 jobs in Orlando by Dec. 31, 2024. The jobs will pay an average annual wage of $69,670.

Amicus’s total capital investment is $148.85 million to $180 million in and equipment, according to Orlando city council documents. Under ‘s Qualified Target Industry program, the state will provide a total of $1.9 million to Amicus. Orlando will provide 20 percent of the full amount over an eight-year period.

However, the project is not a done deal, yet. In addition to Orlando, the company is considering other states for this project, but the incentives help sweeten the pot for Amicus to choose this area. Orange County also may kick in funding for the project and will decide whether or not to today, Aug. 21, during its commissioners’ meeting.

District 1 City Commissioner Jim Gray agreed that getting Amicus would be a good move for the city. “We are thrilled to welcome Amicus to the southeast part of town,” Gray said during the Aug. 20 city council meeting. “This is exactly what we are trying to attract — an established company with a great reputation bringing some talented smart people and paying them a lot to do their job.”

Tavistock Development Co.’s Lake Nona is a fast-growing southeast Orlando community that already employs about 5,000 people in its 650-acre life sciences hub. 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 Medical City 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. The community already boasts more than 11,000 residents, 5,000 employees and more than 11,000 students at its schools.

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.

More businesses like Amazon want to invest in the area. Here’s why.

More businesses want to work in Orlando now than three years ago, according to the Orlando Economic Partnership.

Central Florida’s nonprofit public/private economic development agency looked at whether or not its campaign “Orlando. You Don’t Know the Half of It.” has changed businesses’ perception of the city since its last survey in 2015. The Orlando Economic Partnership worked on the survey with Development Counselors International, who provides marketing for places like Orlando.

Interest in bringing projects and developments here grew to 61 percent for site selectors, up from 53 percent since 2015; and 63 percent for corporate executives, up from 19 percent.

The survey also found that Orlando was in the top 10 cities in being considered for projects, with 19 percent of the category. That’s up from 12 percent in 2015 and 7 percent in 2014.

“At the end of the day, the goal of our campaign is to get more at-bats,” Laureen Martinez, senior director of marketing and communications for Orlando Economic Partnership, told Orlando Journal.

Site selectors highlighted the airport, workforce and tax structure of the area as Orlando’s top three highlights. The site selectors said the city’s top three weaknesses were the tourism perception of the area, lack of business incentives and the workforce.

New Lake Nona Publix Shopping Center

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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.

investor spends $65.8M on Lake Nona-area property, Lee Vista

A Lee Vista 3-year-old Class A apartment complex near Lake Nona is getting a facelift by its new owner.

The 330-unit Cortland Jubilee Park, formerly GrandeVille At Jubilee Park, is set to get about $2 million in renovations to its interiors in addition to its amenities, landscape, and branding, according to Kyle Bateh, an investment manager with Cortland Partners. The improvements come after Atlanta-based Cortland Partners subsidiary Merryvale FL Partners LLC bought the property 6850 Merryvale Lane in Orlando for $65.8 million, or $199,394 per unit, on July 19 from Altamonte Springs-based LeCesse Development Corp.’s related entities, according to Orange County records.

Patrick Dufour, Scott Ramey and Kevin Judd of Atlanta-based ARA, A Newmark Co., represented the seller in the deal.

The still-new property in Orlando’s Lee Vista neighborhood near Orlando International Airport was 95 percent occupied at the time of the sale. However, it required some upgrading, according to the new owner.

“We believe in the asset’s potential to demand higher rents as a result of the renovation,” Bateh said in an emailed response to Orlando Journal. “Despite being only 3 years old, the interiors are not on par with brand new deals in the broader market. Jubilee has the largest floor plans, is the newest asset in Lee Vista area and zoned for schools. So that’s what we are aspiring to compete with — newer Lake Nona assets that have higher-end finishes.”