The scaffolding and black mesh that had been shielding 1501 Main Street for the past three months were removed today, revealing the newest Pineapple Square building downtown.
“It’s probably one of the best buildings I have built,” said contractor Ernie Ritz.
The new building at the corner of Main Street and Lemon Avenue should be complete in a week and will be the home of four new retailers. Only one has been announced so far — upscale women’s clothier Eileen Fisher.
Pineapple Square developer John Simon is negotiating with other companies to fill the remaining three spaces.
He said he hopes Eileen Fisher will open in November.
The former vacant building used to have a blank concrete-block wall along Lemon Avenue. Now, large windows look onto the mall and Mattison’s City Grille across the street.
Rustic brick makes up the building’s exterior.
“We wanted to make it look like a 1920s retail building so it would blend in with the Downtown Historic District,” Simon said.
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23 2nd Annual Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
24 Baby Wearing Dance Class
10:00 am - 11:00 am
27 Thanksgiving Free Public Talk & Veggie Potluck
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
29 Light Up Siesta Village and Holiday Parade
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Cops Corner: Sarasota
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The exchange of goods and chatter are the usual soundtrack for the Saturday morning Downtown Farmers Market on Orange Avenue.
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Bookstores across the state celebrated Florida Bookstore Day Saturday. Bookstore1 held an all-ages literary party and read-a-thon for customers and members of the community.