Last phase of The Palms heads toward completion

Last phase of The Palms heads toward completion

Lagoonglistens at night fordiners at The Palms.

After three years of demolition and rebuilding, The Palms retail and entertainment complex at Kendall’s Town and Country Center is nearing completion.

Three new retail establishments opened in Phase III of the redevelopment project during the past two months and the first Miami- Dade outlet of Dick’s Sporting Goods national chain is due to open in November. The three Phase III retailers that recently opened include beverage dealer Total Wine & More, a ground-up construction project; Voodoo BBQ & Grill, and Crazy 8 boutique.

Referred to as the “new downtown Kendall,” The Palms was developed in three construction phases that have created an open-air shopping plaza with a Mediterranean-styled architecture around a central lagoon.

The three-year project has replaced an outmoded mall and also includes a Professional/Medical Arts Center, a boutique hotel and condominium office towers. Phase Three consists of 83,500 square feet of leased tenants and remaining space in the shopping and entertainment complex.

“The addition of these new stores and restaurants at The Palms at Town & Country provides area families with even more options for affordable and trendy shopping, dining and entertainment,” said Joy Medlock, general manager of The Palms.

“We continue to welcome top family retailers and create a convenient shopping experience,” she added.

Located near Total Wine & More, Dick’s Sporting Goods will occupy 47,982 square feet in a freestanding building. Known as the largest U.S. based full-line sporting goods retailer, the store will offers a broad assortment of brand name sporting goods and equipment, apparel and footwear.

Total Wine & More occupies 23,070 square feet and includes a vast selection of more than 8,000 wines, 3,000 spirits and 2,500 beers with state-of-the-art education center complete with desktop computers and Wi-Fi, to be used for wine, beer and spirits classes as well as for private tastings, meetings and special events.

Voodoo BBQ & Grill, which opened May 26 next to the Blue Martini, is a New Orleans-styled barbecue restaurant occupying 2,518 square feet. It offers a variety of brisket, pulled pork, chicken, gumbo, salads and burgers, in addition to catering.

Crazy 8, a Gymboree Corporation kids’ retailer, near the New York & Company store, is one of 65 in the U.S. specializing in children’s clothing in a 2,119-square-foot location.

The Palms kicked-off 2013 with the opening of new restaurants, a beer bar and apparel store, including Devon Seafood + Steak, opened in January; Corner Bakery Café, opened in April; World of Beer debuting in December 2012, and Tilly’s, opened in March.

The 75-acre shopping center is located at the junction of Florida’s Turnpike and N. Kendall Drive.The Palms is owned and managed by TIAA-CREF, a national financial services organization with $520 billion in combined assets.

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