BRADENTON -- The sparkling, month-old Publix in the Lockwood Commons shopping plaza off State Road 70 will soon be joined by a plethora of new businesses, including Beef O'Bradys and Pet Supermarket.
The plaza at 4240 53rd Ave. E. is almost full. Twelve out of 14 units have been claimed, said Mark Chait, executive director of leasing for Benderson Development, the plaza's developer.
Purity Cleaners is already open for business.
The shops to come: Subway, GNC, KT Nails, Hair Cuttery, Lee's Kitchen, Sakura Thai Sushi, Achieva Credit Union, MD Weight Loss, Pet Supermarket and Beef O'Bradys.
Tim Macri, who owns Beef O'Bradys restaurants in Lakewood Ranch and Parrish, said he's been eyeing the location for several years and is eager to finally open a third store.
"We love the neighborhood atmosphere, the development, the growth in that area and I live not too far from that location," he said.
The family sports bar, 3,600 square feet in size, will seat more than 150 people. The menu will stay true to Tampa-based Beef O'Bradys tradition -- burgers, sandwiches and, of course, wings. But Macri looks forward to rolling out a pizza menu in 2014 and adding variety to the beer menu with more craft brews.
Subway is slated to open by late December, but construction could push that back, said Jeff Holman of Holman Subz, the largest franchiser of Subway in Bradenton-Sarasota. The Lockwood Commons store will be Holman's 21st in the area.
"We've been working on that location for six or seven years," he said.
"It's a real good area with all those new rooftops back there."
Pet Supermarket, a chain retailer of pet foods and accessories based in Sunrise in South Florida, will have its grand opening Jan. 25 with special sale prices and giveaways. This Pet Supermarket will be the third in Manatee.
"We chose this location because we are trying to gain customers on the east side of Bradenton and perhaps from the Lakewood Ranch area east of I-75," Nathan Lowery, creative director at Lipof Advertising, the ad agency Pet Supermarket employs, said in an email. "There is a severe lack of retail east of I-75 and we thought partnering with Publix might help in serving these people in East Bradenton. We chose this space because it is adjacent to Publix and Benderson Development does such a great job building our stores with beautiful facades and great pylon signage."
The 7,000-square-foot store will bring about 10 jobs to the area.
Sabrina Rocco, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7024. Follow her on Twitter @sabrinarocco.