Redevelopment is set to kick off in September at Bloomingdale Square, located on the southwest corner of Bloomingdale Ave. and Bell Shoals Rd. Phase One, according to leasing agent Marc Elias, will consist of repurposing the old Wal-Mart space as well as constructing a 15,000 sq. ft. strip center on an outparcel adjacent to Bloomingdale Ave.

The long vacant Wal-Mart space will be home to a 48,000 sq. ft. Publix and Home Centric, a home goods store owned By Beall’s that will occupy 15,000 sq. ft. The existing Publix will keep its doors open until the day the new Publix opens. “There will be no down time for Publix,” reported Elias.

LA Fitness will eventually take residence in the vacated Publix location, Elias said that they continue to add tenants to the inline space and more new additions will be coming soon.

“We are committed to delivering a valuable, Class A asset that is complementary to the neighborhood,” he said.

Construction on the new, 15,000 sq. ft. strip center also is set to begin in September. Located along the entrance roadway closest to McDonald’s, the center will house a First Watch restaurant with a patio, GNC, Banfield Pet Hospital and Chicken Salad Chick. “We have two others close to signing and that will complete the out parcel,” Elias commented.

He explained that construction on space previously occupied by Walmart as well as the strip center should be complete in May or June of 2019 and then turned over to the tenants with an anticipated September or October 2019 opening for the stores.

Space available ranges from 1203-6538 sq. ft. and includes a 6200 sq. ft. restaurant with a patio.

“We have been waiting to hear what would be taking Walmart’s place,” said Bloomingdale resident Tony D’Ambrosio. “We were hoping for an ALDI and could use some new restaurants.”

“We are hoping to fill the spaces with businesses that the neighbors want,” said Elias.

For leasing information, contact Elias at 813-664-4823 or visit www.regencycenters.com.