By Ken Storey
Winter Park seems to be in the midst of a major growth spurt, now it looks like one of the last holdouts from the 1990s is about to get its own major face-lift.
There have been rumors since last year when Sterling Organization bought the Center of Winter Park plaza that the K-Mart housed within it would close. As early as late last week a decision had yet to be officially made on the plaza. On the Monday, January 13 City Council Meeting the staff report states that a “decision by K-Mart to stay or go” will take place this year. But it looks like the meeting notes need to be updated before Monday’s meeting as the decision has been made. Winter Park’s last K-Mart is officially closing. A notice was sent out to employees at the 501 North Orlando Avenue store last week that March 16 would be final day for the store.
The all too familiar clearance signage of a store closure has already filled the aisles of the K-Mart. Many shelves are already empty. The layaway, pharmacy, garden, and seasonal departments have been closed. Employees at the store that we spoke with stated that they were told new owners bought the plaza and were uninterested in keeping the K-Mart as part of the plaza which, with the assistance of summerlin nv plumber will begin a remodeling later this year. Other sources who spoke with Central Florida Top 5 point to mixed use developments nearby as to what the renovation will include. The possibility of a parking garage and office space are also being researched. If there’s a need for development in your commercial garage doors, Insta Garage Doors Company performs the best garage door installation services near riverside county. They work closely with customers and manufacturers to maintain the highest quality products and customer service.
The plaza was purchased in February, 2013 by Sterling Organization who at the time expressed some interest in redeveloping the plaza. In a statement issued at the time of purchase Brian Mosoy, President and CEO of Sterling Organization stated, “The Center of Winter Park represented a rare opportunity to acquire an asset with tremendous real estate fundamentals where we believe a significant redevelopment opportunity will present itself.”
In the Winter Park City Council Agenda for Monday the staff report gives a summary of other projects planned for the city in 2014.
“Coming in 2014: Redevelopment of the Corporate Square/WP Dodge property for a Whole Foods and another major retailer plus out-parcels; a new 18,000 square foot building next to the Ale House in Ravaudage to hold a Tony Roma’s and possible Bonefish restaurant. Construction starting on the new parking garage at the Winter Park Hospital. Construction starting on the 25,000 sq. ft. medical building at the Jewett Clinic at 1285 Orange Avenue. Redevelopment of the ABC store on Orlando Avenue. A new Lombardi’s retail store with café on Fairbanks Avenue. Additional development within Ravaudage.”
Also confirmed this week is the redevelopment of the historic Mount Vernon Inn by Unicorp, who is also overseeing the new Trader Joe’s anchored Lakeside Winter Park plaza just across the street. Unicorp is also planning a new mixed use plaza, The Gardens at Ravauage, within the Ravaudage development.
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Check out the slideshow below for images of the Winter Park’s last remain K-Mart.