KRATE tenants celebrate a successful night at the Friends & Family event June 1. (Photo: John C. Cotey)

The KRATE Container Park at The Grove has opened in bits and pieces over the past few months, but this Saturday, June 4, the park will finally celebrate its Grand Opening.

More than 70 percent of the 94 repurposed shipping containers will be “officially” open for business — although many have been open for months — and the celebration will be marked by live music at a new bandshell, family events and plenty of food and shopping.

The Grand Opening celebration on the 4th is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with nighttime entertainment from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

A Friends & Family event was held June 1, drawing a sizable crowd that included social media influencers with a total following of roughly four million.

“Opening KRATE was mission impossible,” Grove developer Mark Gold of Mishorim-Gold Properties says. “We did not expect a pandemic, supply chain shortages, and a backlog in permitting. But, we did it and everything we promised we would do has become reality. We are proud of the sense of community we have built here at the Grove at Wesley Chapel and our KRATE park and look forward to providing even more opportunities to bring together friends, families, and neighbors.” 

KRATE is just one part, but perhaps the crown jewel, of The Grove’s transformation, which began when Mishorim-Gold Properties, a partnership between Gold and Mishorim Real Estate, bought the 200+ acres for $62.7 million in 2019. Gold has since poured more than $100 million into renovations, including $20 million or so for a container park he promised would be one-of-a-kind.

KRATE faced a number of obstacles to opening, primarily due to Covid-19 and permitting snags. But little by little, the containers were transformed inside and outside — thanks in large part to artist Whitney Holbourn, whose hand-painted, business-themed murals adorn the exterior of each shop — into an attractive, outdoor shopping park featuring 70% restaurants and 30% retail businesses.

Nickole Davis, who opened All Good Things Gifts in February, says she is excited to see KRATE take another step toward reality. Davis sells a variety of personalized items, like her popular Wesley Chapel-branded home decorations, and says local consumers will be pleased by the variety of different kinds of shops in the KRATE, which include a children’s boutique, a Budget Blinds showroom and a huge variety of different cuisines from around the world, including Puerto Rican, French, Hawaiian, Mediterranean, Venezuelan and Japanese influences and so many more.

“The park is still in its infancy and there’s a lot of room for growth, so I think as more people know that it’s open, it can become something special,” says Davis, who added that her business has been hitting sales goals and doing very well since opening.

She is not alone. Some of the restaurants, like the Bacon Boss HQ, TJ’s Hot Dogs and Mojo Grill Latin Fusion, have been regularly selling out and running out of inventory, a sign that the public is eager for the KRATE.

Portions of the parking area between the various KRATEs have opened, including by the Bacon Boss HQ (nearest the stage at the north end of the park) and other interior parking areas around the other KRATEs, but that parking will be closed for the Grand Opening event on June 4, due to the amount of foot traffic expected in the area. 

There will be plenty of KRATE parking in the lot in front of the big box stores at The Grove, including World Market and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Gold also promises that a separate KRATE parking lot is coming to the south end of the container park (north of the Outback Steak House) that should be done “soon.”

Also Coming Soon…

In addition to KRATE, Gold continues to fill the rest of The Grove property. New businesses slated to open in the near future include: Woodie’s Wash Shack, Five Below, Bealls Outlet/Home Centric, Starbucks, a national rental car chain, a national grocery store and a miniature golf course.

“We are the ultimate shopping and entertainment destination, not just for Wesley Chapel, but for the region and around the world,” Gold says.

Which KRATEs Are Already Open & Which Ones Are Still To Come?


Please note that we will have full reviews of each of the following open & planned eateries in future issues. But, where else but the KRATE Container Park can you find all of these cuisine types?:
• Tasty Ramen
• El Prince Mediterranean
• Shake-A-Salad 
• The Fryroom
• La Creacion Express
• Mojo Grill Latin Fusion
• Provisions Coffee & Kitchen
• The Bacon Boss HQ
• TJ’s Hot Dogs
• Tacos El Patron
• Chamo Bites Venezuelan Cuisine 
• Subzero Nitrogen Ice Cream   
• Blush Wine Room 
• Urban Sweets
• Palani’s Hawai’i Noodles
• Brew Bar
• Yummy Tablas
• Rhythm Pon Jamaican Grill

• The Rebellious Hippie
• Maeberry Co.
• Katie Beth’s Boutique
• Pasco EDC’s Smart Start
• All Good Things Gifts
• We Rock Rocks
• Gadgets Emergency Room
• Tonella’s Flower Shop
• Budget Blinds
• Center Ed

• Boba Mac’s Tea & Eats 
• Falafel Factory
• Pisco Peruvian Chinese 
• Ato Japanese
• 365 Café
• Bakery X
• Bebo’s Cheesesteaks
• Sugar Pop!
• Flipn’ Fries
• Higher Flour
• Café Zorba

• Insane Vape & Smoke Shop
• The Toy Jungle
• Grove Cigars 
• 2 Extreme Tattoos
• Valiart Jewelry Designs
• Life Essentials Refillery

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