Ethan Allen to open near University Town Center mall

cschelle@bradenton.comJuly 18, 2013 

UNIVERSITY PARK -- A national interior design and furniture store will be joining the growing list of stores opening near the Mall at University Town Center.

Ethan Allen Design Center confirmed Wednesday that a new 8,000-square-foot store will be coming to North Cattleman Road in Sarasota in a Benderson Development-owned shopping center in early 2014. The Sarasota location at 5251 S. Tamiami Trail, will close as part of the move.

"Ethan Allen has been part of the Sarasota community for many years, and we look forward to serving our clients in this new location for years to come," said David Burton, senior district design manager in Florida.

The new location will feature a boutique-style layout with Ethan Allen's newest lines and design technology. The Design Center will incorporate touchscreen computer stations where customers can preview custom purchases and use room-planning software to see how the furniture would look in their home, according to the company.

The Danbury, Conn.,-based interior design chain started as a furniture line by the Baumritter Corp. in the 1930s. Along with its furniture, the store also offers to create custom art, bedding and other designs for the home.

Ethan Allen joins Fidelity and Panera Bread, which are opening at locations on North Cattleman Road.

The Ethan Allen will be located in Benderson Development's District at University Town Center on a pad site near Super Target and Best Buy.

Benderson continues to build on open space along


Panera is expected to open in summer 2014, while Fidelity should open this fall.

A Florida Blue center is already in that area.

The furniture store will be across from the Benderson joint venture Mall at University Town Center, which will be leased by Taubman Centers.

The mall is scheduled to open October 2014 and features Macy's, Dillard's and Saks Fifth Avenue and another anchor to be named later.

Charles Schelle, business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.

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