Look at What’s Coming to SR 64

Costco may be the biggest name currently in the works for State Road 64 east of I-75 in Manatee County, but there’s plenty more in the works. Anyone who’s driven down that stretch of Manatee County recently is probably familiar with the construction crews and flurry of “for rent” signs. There are many new developments coming, several of which I will detail for you below.

Directly east of the River Club Car Wash, which is across the street from Carlos E. Haile Middle School along State Road 64, there is a new retail center being built. According to a notice of commencement filed with Manatee County in February, it will be two buildings, tow outparcels and related site work. The first building will be 25,700 square feet and the second will be 12,000
square feet. Both will be multi-tenant buildings. Each outparcel will contain a pad site for an approximately 3,752 square foot commercial building, documents show. The property addresses are listed as 9602, 9616 and 9812 State Road 64 East in Bradenton.

There are also plans to build more retail between River Heritage Boulevard and Heritage Green Way along State Road 64, west of the new plaza currently anchored by Crunch Fitness. The yet to be developed parcel is registered to Bradenton Parcel 25 LLC, an affiliate of New Jersey based Edgewood Properties. Plans posted on Edgewood’s website show a 16.16 acre parcel with several different buildings, including a 20,000 square foot retail building, a 9,400 square foot high turnover restaurant, a 5,900 square foot fast food restaurant, a 4,968 square foot gas/convenience store, a gas pump canopy, a car wash, another 10,000 square foot retail/restaurant facility and a 22,000 square foot Aldi food store.

Currently, there’s nothing in Manatee County public records that shows Aldi moving in. Matt Thon, the grocer’s Haines City division vice president, issued the following statement: “At this time, we do not have any information to share about a potential ALDI store opening in Bradenton. ALDI is exploring multiple opportunities from coast to coast, including the greater Tampa area,” Thon said. “We look forward to sharing news a s plans develop.”

Nicholas Azzara, information outreach manager for Manatee County, said that there was nothing on file with the county’s Building & Development Services Department for that parcel as of Monday.

One think is for sure, though – you won’t find a Sam’s Club, BJ’s or any other kind of wholesale store on that parcel. Edgewood in April signed an agreement with Costco and one of its own affiliates, TH Harbour LLLP, the owner of the Costco property, agreeing to not operate a “wholesale or retail general merchandise facility that has a merchandising concept based upon a limited number of stock keeping units in a large number of product categories.” That includes, but in not limited to, Sam’s, BJ’s, Price Smart, Jetro or Smart & Final. Traditional, discount or junior department stores, like Kohl’s, Target or Kmart, are fine, according to the agreement, as are specialty retail stores that sell goods in few specific product categories, like pet food, sporting goods or office supply stores.

Plans for the Marketplace at Heritage Harbour, the Costco anchored retail plaza directly east of I75, are also posted on Edgewood’s website. The property includes a total of 472,819 square feet of retail space, 112 hotel rooms and 350 residential units. The retail space includes a 37,000 square foot fitness center, plans show. Representative from Edgewood did not respond to requests for comment.

Further down the road, future tenants in the Crunch Fitness anchored plaza located in the northeast corner of State Road 64 and Heritage Green Way are in for permitting. Keystone Animal Hospitals’ interior build-out permit application was filed April 25th. Flora Nails Spa’s was filed April 12th and 3 Car Garage Brewing applied March 29th.

Now that Costco is in for permitting, it probably won’t be long before we start to see other retailers pulling their permits for the Landings at Heritage Harbour. Other developments, like Warner Crossing behind the Wawa at State Road 64 and Upper Manatee River Road, are also in the works. And there’s even more to come.

Costco will certainly be a big draw for the area. Manatee County has been eagerly awaiting the wholesaler’s arrival. Now we’ll just have to see if the other retail in the area will be able to keep up.

Laura Finaldi
Herald-Tribune Retail and Tourism Reporter
April 30, 2019