Completion of a multiyear project transforming Kendall’s Town and Country Center into a contemporary look for shopping and dining has begun with the start of Phase Three of The Palms.
Following demolition of the former location of Keiser University last fall, construction began in January to add 84,000 square feet to the upscale Mediterranean-themed shopping plaza, adjoining the center’s lake.
Once completed, two big box retailers and a new restaurant are expected to join a roster of tenants that include major retailers like Loehmann’s and Nordstrom that opened in March 2010 during the project’s second phase of redevelopment. Completion of Phase Three is anticipated by spring of 2014.
The entire 700,000-square-foot center on the east side of Mills Drive converted an aging interior mall to a modernized mix of retail development, featuring an open air plaza and paver walkways that connect shopping areas to newly opened restaurants.
Phase One saw Kohl’s department store as the first new tenant to open in The Palms, occupying 88,783 square feet, and replacing a demolished structure that once contained a Sears retail store.
Initial redevelopment in Phase One during 2006-08 included redesigning the strip shopping center on the west side of Mills Drive with new facades as well as the debut of a Shaq 24-Hour Fitness Center that replaced a closed AMC motion picture theater.
In addition, ground was broken for the One Seventeen Professional Arts Center, parking garage and a new office building in the northeast corner of the Center.
“The retail shopping options in Kendall continue to evolve,” said Joy Medlock, general manager of The Palms. She noted the, “Lifestyle center has quickly become the new ‘Downtown Kendall.’ The center brings the local flavor of Miami along with an unmatched depth of retail options to Kendall.
“Phase Three is an example of our ongoing commitment to creating a defining place where the community can work, shop and dine in an upscale, family friendly and beautiful environment,” she added.
Among the most recent openings in The Palms is the free-standing Devon Seafood and Steak restaurant next to the Cadillac Ranch, Carmine’s Trattoria, Sweet Tomatoes, a new Outback Steakhouse and the World of Beer, all located along the lakeside area near the adjoining Loehmann’s and Nordstrom retail stores.
Anticipated for an April opening is the Corner Bakery Café, a casually styled restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner near the Haagen-Dazs ice creamery.
In late April, a New Orleans-styled “Voodoo BBQ & Grill” is slated to open doors featuring barbecue with Caribbean, Cajun and Creole spices.
Planned for a spring opening is Tilly’s, a store selling trendy sports-branded clothing, accessories, shoes and equipment, to be located in the shopping area next to Moe’s Southwest Grille
Originally known as Kendall Town and Country Center, the 75-acre tract was developed originally by the Codina real estate interests but now operates as a subsidiary of TIAA-CREF, an international financial service. Jones Lang La Salle Retail manages the property with information available at www.jllretail.com