Shell buildings for the new Windermere Village shopping plaza are pretty much completed, with limited signs of construction on the plaza itself. Build-outs have begun for several tenets, includes Bruster’s Ice Cream, Windermere Dental Care, and a Urgent Care, as these businesses have their signs installed on the buildings. They are all still months away from being close to completion, but it’s significant progress to have their external signs installed.
No additional progress has been made on the building for Fresh Market apart from the shell structure. While it looks great on the outside, a quick look inside reveals the lack of any additional construction. It’s easy to see straight through the building, as the interior entrance only has steel wall framing up, but nothing else. The inside of the building also does not yet have a floor poured, with sand and dirt still showing. This is very common for a shell building, as it allows all piping and electrical to be installed below ground before the cement floor is poured.
Conducting further research on The Fresh Market at Windermere Village also shows no new progress. Construction permits with Orange County do not show any recent activity, even when the other businesses in the plaza have recent permits. Also, there has been no public news articles on the company’s financial situation since they announced there would be no new stores opening in 2018. So far with no update, it’s uncertain on their new store policy for 2019.
While there is no progress, development and lease information for Windermere Village still indicates Fresh Market as the primary anchor tenet. This does lead us to believe that there is still an agreement in place with Skorman and that Fresh Market is still honoring that agreement, even if it is on a delayed or extensive timeline.
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