BRADENTON -- A Fort Lauderdale general contractor has demolished a former Publix store in the middle of the Cortez Plaza strip mall to make room for a new LA Fitness club.
The demolition marks the start of a $4.5 million construction project at the 48-year-old mall on Cortez Road that will bring the California-based fitness company's fourth location to the Bradenton area. According to Manatee County permit documents filed by mall owner DDR Corp. of Beachwood, Ohio, a new structure will be built on the roughly 42,000-square-foot space left behind after the grocery store teardown.
Documents show the value of the new building as $4.25 million. A swimming pool to be built at the club is valued at $250,000.
LA Fitness operates Bradenton-area clubs at 8502 Cooper Creek Blvd., at the Oakmont Terrace mall on Cortez Road, and at the Creekwood Crossing mall on 52nd Place East.
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Neither LA Fitness nor DDR responded to inquiries about the construction schedule.
Oakley, Smoothie King coming to Mall at UTC
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Oakley and Smoothie King are the latest tenants ready to build their stores inside the Mall at University Town Center.
Oakley applied for its building permit Thursday for a 1,466-square-foot store on the second level of the mall between H&M and Forever 21.
The company is part of the Italian Luxottica Group, joining sister stores Sunglass Hut and LensCrafters inside the mall. Oakley also maintains a store at Ellenton Premium Outlets.
Smoothie King also filed a building application for an 843-square-foot store Thursday for a next generation store.
The Herald reported in November the company would use the prototype design store to showcase the new logo and color scheme for the company.
The stores feature fewer retail products and will be a company-owned store, Richard Leveille, company vice president of franchise development previously told the Herald. The company anticipated that the store would open Nov. 16, a month after the mall's opening. Smoothie King will be located on the first level beside Dillard's.
Smoothie King has two Bradenton locations, another store in East Manatee and a stand inside IMG Academy's multipurpose stadium.
Partnership sends kids to school in style
MANATEE COUNTY -- Gettel Automotive and Hope Kids Community have partnered to serve homeless and needy school children.
The effort, dubbed "Back to school with Hope" is designed to serve the area's 2000 children who are homeless and living in cars, shelters, the street, and many in need of basics. To help, all Gettel dealership locations are collect
ing school supplies through Aug. 10.
Supply drop-off locations in Manatee County include at the Toyota of Lakewood, 5959 E. State Road 64; Gettel Toyota, 6423 14th St. W.; Hyundai of Bradenton 2503 1st St. E.; and Gettel pre-owned 2601 1st St. E.
For more information about the effort contact Ellen Walther: firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-567-2660 Ext.2030
-- Herald staff reports