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Officials approve Whole Foods project


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  • | 4:30 p.m. October 9, 2016
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Lee County Commissioners recently approved zoning applications for Daniels Marketplace, a 140,000-square-foot commercial project anchored by a 45,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market — the first Whole Foods in Fort Myers.

The lead developer on the project is Fairburn, Ga.-based S.J. Collins Enterprises. S.J. Collins, according to a release, is currently working on 18 retail shopping centers anchored by Whole Foods Markets or 365 by Whole Foods stores nationwide. One of those Whole Foods projects was recently approved in north Sarasota County.

Daniels Marketplace is at the northwest intersection of Daniels Parkway and Ben C. Pratt/Six Mile Cypress Parkway in south Fort Myers. The site is currently home to a 16.5-acre driving range and an adjacent existing stormwater pond. In addition to the Whole Foods, the center will include fast-casual dining, boutique retail, outdoor dining options and other high-end shops, the release adds.

The developers plan to include native landscaping and walking areas in the project. They also intend to relocate the existing lake on Daniels Parkway to provide a buffer between the property owners and the retail center, according to the statement.

“We're thrilled that this project unanimously received approval, and we appreciate the support by the community, staff and commission,” S.J. Collins Enterprises partner Jeff Garrison says in the statement. “We're proud to help bring the first Whole Foods Market to Fort Myers, along with several other exciting retail stores.”

Construction on Daniels Marketplace is slated to begin by the end of 2016 or early 2017, and it could be open by summer 2018.

 

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