Godiva, Cold Stone coming to Mall at University Town Center

Taubman-managed mall expected to open Oct. 16

cschelle@bradenton.comMay 2, 2014 

Taubman-managed mall expected to open Oct. 16

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Shoppers with a sweet tooth will have more to look forward to at the Mall at University Town Center.

Godiva and Cold Stone Creamery have both committed to the upscale mall on Cattlemen Road and University Parkway, set to open Oct 16.

Godiva has plans for a 821-square-foot boutique and the chocolatier also has stores at International Plaza in Tampa and the Westfield Brandon mall.

Joseph Drags started Godiva in 1926 in Brussels, Belgium, to create Belgian chocolates. He didn't bring the chocolate shop to the United States until 1966, first to Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia. He later opened a boutique on New York's Fifth Avenue. Today, Godiva has more than 450 boutiques and shops around the world.

Cold Stone plans for a 650-square-foot ice cream shop in the mall. The first Cold Stone opened in 1998 in Tempe, Ariz., known for a make-your-own ice cream experience with the singing staff mixing candy and ice cream on a cold marble slab. Now headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Cold Stone has more than 1,500 locations in 25 countries, including on Cortez Road in Bradenton and two Sarasota locations.

Godiva and Cold Stone will join other food retailers Smoothie King, Oil & Vinegar and Teavana in the mall so far with anchors Macy's, Dillard's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Apple. Restaurants include BRIO Tuscan Grille, Capital Grille, Cheesecake Factory, Kona Grill, Seasons 52, Smoothie King, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar and Sophie's, which will be inside Saks.

The two-level, 880,000-square-foot Mall at University Town Center is on track to open Oct. 16 at Cattlemen Road and University Parkway, and is 90 percent leased with less than six months to go.

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

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