Posted: 6:15 am Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
By Emily Roach
Steel girders and concrete walls are gaining shape and color at Delray Marketplace even as leasing agents try to finish off a retail mix that offers new and much-loved retailers.
The 258,000-square-foot shopping and entertainment center at the northwest corner of Atlantic Avenue and Lyons Road opens Nov. 15.
Jason Samreny, vice president of leasing for Kite Realty, which is overseeing construction and leasing, said the center is 75 percent pre-leased and 15 percent more is in negotiations for lease or letter of intent to lease.
Not all the stores will be in at that point, but it’s possible Publix will be open a little before the official opening.
“We’re discouraging tenants to open before that,” he said. “We want to make sure the place is liveable and comfortable.”
A major draw for the complex will be Frank Entertainment’s Cinegrille and Bowl — a theater with 12 screens, at least one of which will be an IMAX, and 16-lane bowling alley.
Earlier this month, company president Bruce Frank said the theater will open with the new James Bond Skyfall in IMAX.
Delray Marketplace also will feature an amphitheater. Kite Realty Project Manager Ashley Bedell said the amphitheater will be built near the where the leasing office sits now toward the corner of Atlantic and Lyons. “It’s really going to be a nice gathering place for when people visit the shopping center,” she said.
Existing mock walls that were built to demonstrate the final look at the complex will be torn down to make way.
Dining and drinking establishments include Cabo Flats Cantina, Max’s Grille and newcomer to the area, Global Beer Collection. It is Global Beer’s first location, but the company has more planned, Samreny said.
Samreny said he’s concentrating on local establishments and retailers with limited Palm Beach County presence.
Retailers include Francesca’s Collection, Republic of Couture, Charming Charlie and many that were already announced, such as Chico’s.Construction is bustling in the midst of nurseries and related businesses, like Howard Fertilizer & Chemical Co. across the road.
Back-up alarms of front-end loaders and other big yellow machines pierce the air as construction crews build two more lanes for west Atlantic Avenue. “The new lanes to the north of the current road are expected to be completed by the opening of the shopping center,” Deputy County Engineer Tanya McConnell said.
But the road won’t actually be four lanes until the current road is rebuilt, which likely will be finished by August 2013, she said.
Lyons Road is still on track to connect through from the north in late spring of next year.