Posted: 6:30 am Monday, December 3rd, 2012
By Emily Roach
Delray Marketplace, the new mega shopping center west of the Turnpike on Atlantic Avenue, won’t be open for holiday shopping.
Bruce Frank of Frank Entertainment said the movie and bowling complex will be open after the first of the year. Publix spokeswoman Kim Reynolds said Publix will open in January.
Publix is poised to open soonest, as Palm Beach County Executive Director of Planning, Zoning and Building Rebecca Caldwell said the grocer is almost ready for a certificate of occupancy.
Initially the development’s leasing company Kite Realty said the 258,000 square foot retail center would open mid-November. At the end of the month, it still clearly had some time to go. Kite did not return calls this week asking for a new estimate.
“They have really moved on that thing,” Caldwell said. “It’s just a big project.”
The complex looks like a movie set, with hulks of buildings spread out across the site and serious earth moving going on where the parking spaces will be. It features a Cine Grille & Bowl with IMAX screens on the Lyons Road side and Publix facing Atlantic Avenue. In between are dining and retail options such as Charming Charlie, Chicos, Joseph A. Bank, Man Cave, Cabo Flats Cantina and Burt & Max’s of Max’s Grille fame.
The county is four-laning Atlantic Avenue in front of Delray Marketplace and extending Lyons Road through from Boynton Beach Boulevard. Currently it ends just south of Boynton Beach Boulevard where the Canyon housing subdivisions were built.
Deputy County Engineer Tanya McConnell said the road project has been ahead of schedule, and the northbound lanes were completed on schedule. The county had committed to having the new roadway open by the anticipated mid-November opening of Delray Marketplace. Now construction crews are building the southbound lanes, expected to be complete by mid-2013. Currently all traffic is using what will be the northbound lanes.
Lyons is not scheduled to be open until mid-2013, she said.
“Both of these contracts are ahead of schedule,” McConnell said.