360 Restaurant & Market
Q: I would like to know what is the status of the 360 Restaurant and Market being opened by Naples Pasta Co. on Bayshore Drive in East Naples. There was some remodeling going on a few months ago but now everything seems to be at a standstill. They were originally going to open last November or December. Are there any updates on the opening?
— Carmine Ermi, Naples
A: Perhaps 365 would be a more appropriate name for 360 Restaurant and Market, which will open probably about a year later than initially planned.
Co-owner Rebecca Maddox has come full circle in the past year. Surviving a frustrating permitting process, she is pumped up again now that the start of renovation work to open her business is only days away.
Her building passed fire and structural inspections about two weeks ago, and she received her final building permit on Friday. Expect work to begin next week, Maddox said.
“It’s been a longer process than I ever dreamed,” she said. “We’ll be open in November, a year later than I thought it was.”
The previous remodeling work you saw was the internal demolition of the former Tipsy Seagull bar, 2891 Bayview Drive. The inside of the 2,100-square-foot building was totally gutted, Maddox said.
“We had to basically rebuild the building,” she said.
Maddox and her Naples Pasta partner, Nancy Casey, are spending $600,000 to bring the old building up to code. Expenses will include fire suppression, an air conditioning system, a new roof and more than 40 new windows.
“It’s going to be like a new building,” Maddox said. “Everything is going to be new.”
More than three months of renovation work still needs to be done on the tin-roofed wooden building, which includes nine boat slips on Haldeman Creek.
The local community, including Fifth Third Bank, has been behind her 360 project, Maddox said. People have shown support through emails, tweets and even stopping her on street, she said.
“The community has just been phenomenal — not just on Bayshore, but in Naples and Marco, too,” Maddox said. “It’s been a long year. I kept going because of the potential. I kept believing in Bayshore.”
CVS in Cameron Commons
Q: I was wondering if there were plans for building any type of shopping plaza on the northeast corner of Immokalee Road and (County Road) 951 near the CVS?
— Lee Pierce, Naples
A: Yes. That CVS, 8831 Immokalee Road, eventually won’t be alone there.
The pharmacy will be part of Cameron Commons, a mixed-use development that will include a Fifth Third Bank branch, another 1-acre outparcel, a 32,000-square-foot retail strip as well as 40,000 square feet of medical/office space for starters, said Doug Olson, director of retail services for Cushman & Wakefield, the commercial real estate firm now pre-leasing this center.
Expect at least a year to pre-lease tenants for that project before construction will begin in the relatively green, underserved market in the North Naples/Golden Gate Estates corridor, Olson said.
“I’m getting some feedback and interest in that outparcel,” he said. “We have interest from national tenants.”
The 1.05-acre fully developed outparcel, listed for sale for nearly $1.15 million, is at 9425 Immokalee Road on the corner of Goodland Bay Drive, the entrance road to The Vistas at Heritage Bay.
Within the last two weeks, Cameron Partners LLC purchased another 11.5 acres of undeveloped commercial property directly east of Goodland Bay Drive from Hovland Real Estate and Heritage Bay Development LLC.
When this vacant land also is developed, Cameron Commons will have a total of more than 20 acres of mixed-use development with about 180,000 square feet of retail and office space available.
Cameron Partners also is looking for a retail anchor for that second piece of Cameron Commons, Olson said.
It’s a minor point, but Cameron Commons actually is not on the northeast corner of Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard because Collier Boulevard ends at Immokalee Road. The unmarked, two-lane road going north from Immokalee Road is named Broken Back Road. It is not paved beyond the Weathered Stone Drive entrance into The Quarry subdivision.
A project to extend Collier Boulevard, also known as County Road 951, from Immokalee Road in North Naples to where Alico Road meets Corkscrew Road in Estero remains in the planning stages, but the idea recently was shelved again, so it will not be happening anytime soon. That 18-mile, north-south extension has been discussed by officials from Lee and Collier counties for 20 years.
Trader Joe’s coming?
Q: Is there any chance of getting a Trader Joe’s in Naples?
— Jean Cochrane, Naples
A: Not anytime soon.
“At this time, Naples, Florida, is not in our two-year plan for opening a location,” said Alison Mochizuki, a Trader Joe’s spokeswoman.
The chance is slim that Trader Joe’s will open a location soon anywhere in Florida.
“I have nothing to confirm,” Mochizuki said when asked if Trader Joe’s plans to open its first store in the Sunshine State.
Judging by how many people have asked about the possibility of a local Trader Joe’s over the years, this grocery chain, which stocks unique, hard-to-find products, is popular elsewhere in the nation. However, it is difficult to find a way to directly contact someone at the company, which goes to great lengths to foster its image of an offbeat, old-fashioned, mom-and-pop grocery store.
Trader Joe’s does not franchise, so the privately held company owns all of its 350 stores. More than 150 of its stores are in California, where it is based. The company does not sell its products online.
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