shoppes of wcBy Gary Nager

Some new tenants are coming to the Shoppes Of Wesley Chapel shopping plaza, the retail center located across Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. from Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (the same plaza as Dickey’s BBQ & Hungry Greek). 

Leasing agent Barry Jackson of Momenta Real Estate says that the Florida Orthopaedic Institute has leased the remaining 6,000 sq. ft. of space (everything not already leased by Samantha Taylor’s Pure Health Fitness Studio) on the second floor of the Shoppes of Wesley Chapel.

“It’s official, and we’re really excited,” says Florida Ortho’s director of marketing Donna Bossuyt. “We plan to open sometime in December.”

The Shoppes of Wesley Chapel office will be the 10th location for the medical group and will feature state-of-the-art X-ray technology, physical therapy and rehabilitation treatment, as well as at least three sub-specialty surgeons. However, surgeries will not be conducted on-site.

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Oakley’s Grille Moving To WC?

My friend Keith Oakley, the owner of the Oakley’s Grille on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. in New Tampa, admits he’s been looking at locations in Wesley Chapel for several months but, at least at our press time, he hasn’t signed a lease on a new Wesley Chapel restaurant.

Keith has looked at two prime locations  — the former Café Fresco (which closed at least 2-3 months ago) spot on S.R. 56 (in the same plaza as Kona Swim Bike Run; see ad on page 12) and the space previously occupied by D’Alessio Italian Restaurant on BBD, across from Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, in the same plaza as Dickey’s BBQ (which has been sold to new owners; more on that in a future issue). 

Considering that Oakley’s has been the home of both my favorite burger and my favorite roast beef dip sandwich in either of our distribution areas since it opened (the fries are kind of awesome, too), I hope Keith makes up his mind on a second location closer to both my office and my home than his New Tampa store…soon.

For more info, visit Oakley’s Grille (17631 BBD) in person or online at, or call 523-5075. 

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