The building at the corner of Main Street and South Pineapple Avenue has found a tenant, as the running store Fit2Run will move into the Five Points location later this year.
Fit2Run general manager Parks Robinson confirmed that the business plans on opening a store at 1400 Main St., the former home of Floribbean and Patrick’s restaurants. The building is undergoing interior demolition; Robinson said the company is currently producing renderings for the store and is targeting a June opening date.
Parks Robinson co-owns the store with his father, Bill Robinson, who said the new location was very appealing for the regional retailer.
"Downtown Sarasota retail continues to grow, and Fit2Run will help revitalize the running community of downtown and invigorate the downtown economy," Bill Robinson said in a release.
Fit2Run currently has ten locations, all in Florida, including a Sarasota/Bradenton location at 8249 Cooper Creek Blvd. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in northern Manatee County.
Property investor Chris Brown purchased the building at 1400 Main St. last May, with Floribbean closing shortly afterwards. Brown later purchased an adjacent property at 1410 Main St. in September.
In October, the City Commission held a public hearing for a proposed second-story gallery deck on the property that would intrude into the public right of way. At that time, plans called for a restaurant to occupy the building. Ultimately, the commission denied Brown’s application in a 3-2 vote.
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- This is awesome!! I can't wait to go on group runs around downtown starting at the store. This is a great way to attract a younger, healthier crowd downtown that isn't interested in the bar scene. I for one am psyched!!
- There are still plenty of restaurants and bars on Main Street and surrounding downtown. This should add some variety to the mix of shops.
- What? They are killing the idea of the Main St - the street of bars, restaurants and boutiques. And they will kill the rest of existing businesses. The same is with the Main St. in LWR - a bike store, gym, pans and pots store, etc. And then they are complaining the Street is empty.
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