High end grocer The Fresh Market, Burger & Beer Joint, and Sushi Siam are among the 50 different shops and restaurants that will open at CityPlace Doral, a large mixed-use project set to open late 2015 - early 2016.
According to The Real Deal, the retail complex will be designed by Coconut Grove-based architecture and design firm Arquitectonica. Ground breaking on the retail and restaurant areas will begin this month.
A project by The Related Group, CityPlace Doral will include over 300,000 square feet of restaurant, retail, and residential space and will feature 1,000 apartment homes. A central shopping district built into the complex will house several entertainment options including a CineBistro and Kings, a 20,000 square foot bowling alley that will will include bars, restaurants, and a private suite. Future tenants who have inked leases include popular restaurants Salsa Fiesta, Cooper's Hawk, Sushi Siam, Cabo Flats, Tommy Bahama, Burger & Beer Joint, and Pie Bar.
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What's most interesting is the announcement by The Fresh Market that is has signed a lease at CityPlace, with the intent to open in 2016. A Boca Raton location has also been announced. In the past, boutique food stores like Fresh Market and Whole Foods have typically stayed in major high-volume areas like Miami Beach. The Doral Fresh Market will be joining current locations in Coconut Grove, Aventura, Miami Beach, and The Falls (Miami). Once opened, it will be the chain's 44th Florida store.
The Greensboro, North Carolina-based food chain opened its first location over 30 years ago. The store, which plays classical music and offers wine, food, and coffee samplings to shoppers, features local organic produce, fresh seafood, and hormone-free meats in stores designed to look like old-fashioned mom-and-pop grocery shops.
The Fresh Market was recently lauded in Consumer Reports' annual supermarket ranking for being one of three supermarket chains with the freshest produce, along with Wegmans and Whole Foods.