By Tamas Mondovics

Construction of the Riverview 14 Shopping and Entertainment Center, one of eastern Hillsborough County’s newest installments located between the Gibsonton Walmart Supercenter and Interstate 75, is now showing clear signs of progress and is as scheduled with plans to open this fall.

According to Strathmore Development Company Vice President Terry Benton, the community’s interest in the project, which began with an official groundbreaking ceremony earlier this year, has been consistent and positive.

“Interest in our Riverview 14 theater project next to the Walmart Supercenter has been terrific after breaking ground only five short months ago,” Benton said. “With about one-third of the onsite improvements finished and the 14 screen movie theater walls up, we are getting calls nearly every day from national, regional and local tenants interested in this I-75 interchange development.” 

The 30-acre entertainment, retail and restaurant development, will be anchored by Riverview 14 GDX, a state of the art 14-screen movie theater, operated by Goodrich Quality Theaters based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The theater will feature “GDX” (Giant Digital eXperience), the company’s cutting-edge large format auditorium, with a giant 80-foot-wide screen allowing floor-to-ceiling viewing.

The screens will range in size from 40-ft. to more than 70-ft. wide in a nearly 70,000 sq.-ft. upscale building.

Benton confirmed that counting the 14-screen multiplex, five of the 12 lots have now been sold or are under contract. 

Zaxby’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins, Little Caesars and a T-Mobile are all on the list of tenants to occupy the plaza, while three additional lots are now under contract with a buyer that is planning three small-shop buildings fronting New East Bay Road. Benton said construction will start soon on widening New East Bay Road and soon will be cutting in the two new private roads into the center. Visit

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