And, it looks like S.R. 54 might be next in line for a whole new look.
A host of new projects — Wawa, Chick-Fil-A, RaceTrac and some strip complexes with as-of-yet-unidentified retailers and restaurateurs, are currently under way. But, the biggest of all the projects is finally beginning: the Hollybrook Plaza Publix Super Market is expected to move from the corner of Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. and S.R. 54 to behind the Walmart located right down the street.
Construction plans have been filed with the county to begin work on the $4.4-million parcel in the Wiregrass Ranch Development of Regional Impact (DRI). Publix closed on its $3.3-million purchase of its share of the parcel in June.
There also are plans in the county system to connect Wiregrass Ranch Blvd., which runs north and south through the DRI, to S.R. 54, where the road current ends at the Walmart.
Also, just north of the future site of Publix, construction has begun on a 12,600-sq.-ft. strip center (see picture) that West Palm Beach-based commercial developer John Dowd hinted at way back in May of 2016 at a Wesley Chapel Economic Development meeting.
Dowd said at the time the that two restaurants had already signed up, but they are not named in the county filings, which list 5,610- and 6,995-sq.-ft. spaces both labeled for future retail/restaurant.
PLAY BALL: Is yet another sports bar is headed to Wesley Chapel?
Just a few weeks before Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar broke ground in Cypress Creek Town Center North on Nov. 3 (across S.R. 56 from the Tampa Premium Outlets), representatives from Bubba’s 33 filed preliminary plans with Pasco County hoping to build right down the road, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Bubba’s 33 will be located on Silver Maple Pkwy., off the south side of S.R. 56 and the east side of I-75, near the Texas Roadhouse that is already there. The founder of the Louisville, KY-based Texas Roadhouse, Kent Taylor, also started Bubba’s 33 in 2013.
Boasting wall-to-wall televisions and a garage-like feel, Bubba’s 33’s menu offers your typical sports bar fare — burgers, wings, pizza and beer — but with housemade burger buns and pizza dough. It also serves a special burger blend with 33-percent ground bacon.
Main Event Entertainment, which will be located on the south side of S.R. 56 between the Tampa Premium Outlets and I-75, submitted construction plans on Oct. 9 to build a 49,608-sq.-ft. center that will feature state-of-the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag, gravity ropes adventure courses, billiards, video games and other entertainment, as well as a restaurant.
Main Event Entertainment representatives initially met with the county on April 24, filing preliminary plans to build Main Event’s third Florida location, joining centers in Jacksonville and Orlando on International Dr.
Main Event, which the company claims serves more than 20 million guests annually, also will offer full-service catering with private rooms that will appeal to large group events, and also is expected to bring roughly 150 full- and part-time jobs to the area.
HOW CONVENIENT: First, it was a run on shopping, then restaurants, and then storage centers.
Now, developers can’t seem to build gas station and convenience stores fast enough.
There are at least four convenience stores that have submitted plans with the county that already have begun work in Wesley Chapel, most notably the Wawa on the northeast corner of S.R. 54 and BBD next to Walgreens. Wawa began construction last month.
The others in the process include a RaceTrac on S.R. 54 at Vandine Rd., across the street from Freedom Plaza and approved last month, and a Circle K a little further east on S.R. 54 at Meadow Pointe Blvd., which was approved Nov. 7.
A 7-Eleven on BBD is currently under construction at Vanguard St., just south of the Shops at Wesley Chapel plaza across the street from Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.
SHAKES AND MORE: A new Steak ’n Shake has been approved for construction on S.R. 54 between the Palms Car Wash and the Ker’s Wing House of Wesley Chapel, and a Twistee Treat is headed to the Wesley Chapel Village Market just south of the Burger King on BBD at S.R. 54
Steak ’n Shake, founded in 1934 in Normal, IL, pioneered the concept of burgers — or, in its case, STEAKburgers — and milkshakes, according to its website. There are roughly a dozen locations in Tampa Bay, including one in New Tampa, but the Wesley Chapel location will be only the third one in Pasco County, joining locations in Port Richey and Trinity.
Twistee Treat, which serves soft-serve ice cream, shakes and sundaes, is known for its 25-foot tall ice cream cone shaped building.
FORE!: For more than a year, local residents fought a proposal by owner Andres Carollo to build homes to replace Quail Hollow Golf & Country Club, but Pasco commissioners okayed the plan for proposed new homes in July 2017, and now construction plans have been filed with the county.
The project will be called Siena Cove, and plans call for 379 single family detached homes to be built in five phases on 174 acres of what were formerly fairways and greens off of Old Pasco Rd.