Construction starts on Whole Foods, Sports Authority, more in Altamonte Springs

from the Orlando Business Journal

Kimco Realty Corp. has broken ground on Central Florida’s newest Whole Foods Market, as part of the reconfiguration of an existing shopping center near the Altamonte Mall.

Work has started on the Renaissance Centre retail complex off State Road 436, which is set to include a new 40,000-square-foot Whole Foods store and a new 38,292-square-foot Sports Authority, according to a site plan. Other new tenants coming to the complex will include a 10,000-square-foot Ulta beauty store, a 3,800-square-foot Carter’s childrens clothing store and a 1,604-square-foot Anthony’s Pizza, the site plan showed.
The Renaissance Centre has been going through a renaissance of its own in recent years, relocating several existing tenants into other new spaces to accommodate the latest tenants. It appears a former parking garage in the back of the complex also will be taken down to add the newer stores.

Representatives from Kimco (NYSE: KIM) were not immediately available for comment. But Altamonte Springs City Manager Frank Martz said the Whole Foods is a great addition to the city.

“That’s going to be a great tenant for us,” Martz said. “Having a Whole Foods in Altamonte Springs further solidifies that, regionally, we are a retail lifestyle destination.”

The Whole Foods Market was announced in 2012, as previously reported by OBJ. It was one of several new niche grocers then in the works in the region, many of which have since opened, including The Fresh Market and Trader Joe’s.

Here’s a look at Kimco’s site plan for Renaissance Centre.

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