Regency Center's newly designed Village Center is bringing small businesses to Carrollwood by creating a central gathering, shopping, and dining place for everyone to enjoy. When the existing Walgreens and Publix stores in the plaza experienced increased customer traffic, Regency Centers drafted up a fresh design to accommodate the growing customer demands, new retail space and local boutique shops.
The revised plaza design incorporates a "village approach with a small town feel,'' says Senior Leasing Agent Cary Anderson. Construction will be complete by April 2014, but many local shops like Shear Art Salon & Spa
have already moved into their swanky new digs, which now feature frontage on a brand new plaza roadway.
Melting Pot of Tampa
, located in the shopping center, is also planning a remodel of its restaurant. New retail space is being constructed in the southwest portion of the plaza, and as construction progresses, Village Center is adding local boutique shops inclusive of "clothing, jewelry, home furnishings and similar stores.'' Other new tenants include an upscale Asian bistro concept restaurant.
The design also incorporates a larger Publix with expanded offerings and a free-standing Walgreens, complete with a drive-through window.
Publix will close around April 1st and aims to reopen in April 2014; Walgreens will experience no downtime and plans to move into its new store in April 2014.
A new entryway from South Village Drive will run from the south side of the plaza and extend northeast through to the front of Publix, providing "additional exposure for businesses and increased customer access.''
The redesign aims to create a central gathering, shopping and dining hub for Carrollwood residents.
"Where is the gathering place to go to in Carrollwood? There really isn't a central spot,'' says Anderson. "The Village Center
can become that place.''
New plaza features include an updated courtyard and outside seating, allowing residents to watch the "courtyard come to life, making it a more popular gathering spot for Carrollwood,'' Anderson says.
Writer: Kaye Brown
Source: Cary Anderson and Kristen Moore, Regency Centers