The Skyway Marina District is attracting the attention of national brands that will have a first-time presence in the evolving neighborhood.
The ground has been broken for a Starbucks, and a Zaxby’s, a popular restaurant chain, is set to replace an existing car wash location.
“A lot of people were interested in the site, but I wanted something real,” Frank Bozikovich, a sales associate with Commercial Partners Realty Inc., said regarding the planned Zaxby’s.
Bozikovich represented the seller for the site of the Tropical Shine Car Wash on 3700 38th Ave. S.
The buyer is expected to close on the nearly one-acre site in November, and the plan is to demolish the self-serve car wash.
“We had the site under contract twice from developers who were hoping to bring certain players there, and one was a Starbucks, but then the pandemic happened and I told them I couldn’t hold it under contract any longer and that’s when a user wanting to operate a Zaxby’s stepped in,” Bozikovich said.
Stormwater permits have been filed for the 3,000-square-foot chain restaurant.
A Starbucks is currently under construction on the corner of 46th Avenue and U.S. Highway 19 as part of the Marina Walk Apartments development.
The Starbucks would likely be completed by the end of this year. A Tropical Smoothie and the Nurse Practitioners of Florida group will also occupy the multi-tenant building being built at Marina Walk Apartments.
Bozikovich was not involved in the Starbucks land deal, but he is in talks with other developers and expects to have more big brands emerge in the district.
While the number of retailers in the district is growing, several residential towers are also in progress.
Developer Jack Dougherty, from St. Petersburg-based Allied Group Holdings, is planning to build a mixed-use project at 4311 34th St. South. The project entails constructing an eight-story, 400 unit residential building, a 4,500-square-foot restaurant, a 95,000-square-foot self-storage facility and a 2,400-square-foot bank with a drive-thru.
The land is owned by California-based Maximo Plaza Inc. but is under contract for purchase by Dougherty.
Separately, the Marina Walk is a planned 245-unit luxury complex. The site was formerly used for the Flamingo Resort. The Marina Walk project is also being developed by Allied Group Holdings.
The Sur Club, a 296-unit apartment development, recently opened. It’s on the site of a once-proposed Home Depot store. It was developed by Phillips Development & Realty.