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We had already discussed the closing of the Sears at the Oaks Mall in Gainesville. Now, the drumbeat moves closer with this announcement that the store at SearsTown in Titusville will also go dark this summer.

Ironically, as Brevard gets its groove back, the north end of the county is still feeling the retail apocalypse (we've also discussed the demise of Miracle City Mall in T'ville previously.)

https://m.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Sears-is-closing-more-stores-and-selling-others-12825378.php

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Shame.  on a related note, the Sears Auto Center demolition having finished a couple of months back at Volusia Mall, the steel structure of the first of six restaurant outparcels/wing at Volusia Mall in front of Sears is already up as of last night.

So hopefully, the infusion of these new eateries at the Mall will help in boosting the clientele.

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The Smyrna Dunes Park renovations are complete and open again. It's the only dog-friendly beach area on the NSB side of Ponce Inlet. So load up Fido in the Escape and head on over.

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20180613/nsbs-smyrna-dunes-park-renovations-open-to-plenty-of-fun?template=ampart

From the News-Journal

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North Causeway marina deal on city-owned property fails in NSB. Personally, I'd like to bring back the Publix proposal (although I don't know if this would be an addition or replacement for the Indian River Village store.)

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20180613/dead-in-water-nsb-refuses-to-extend-deadline-for-marina-deal?template=ampart

From the News-Journal

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I rode up to Daytona this past weekend and had a burger at the place in One Daytona. I am not too impressed with the development - it's a small-scale theme center that'll be nice add-on to a race or beach trip, but by no means a destination in itself. 

I was also interested to learn that One Daytona patrons are charged a 1% fee on top of tax which goes, presumably, to the developers.

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13 hours ago, smileguy said:

I rode up to Daytona this past weekend and had a burger at the place in One Daytona. I am not too impressed with the development - it's a small-scale theme center that'll be nice add-on to a race or beach trip, but by no means a destination in itself. 

I was also interested to learn that One Daytona patrons are charged a 1% fee on top of tax which goes, presumably, to the developers.

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very interesting, the EAF.

One Daytona is not as large as I-Drive 360 or Pointe Orlando or Colonial Towne Park ala number of establishments.  But for Daytona, based on it's retail history, it's obviously  is a big deal.  I hear the Cobb Cinema there is the best in CFLA.  You are correct; if you are going to go eat or go out, it is a great location. 

The Orlando Eye and Madam Tassaud's are the two major draws at I-Drive 360 (add Starflyer now).  One Daytona has the Speedway (3-4 events per year) and Bass Pro and Cobb Cinema as the major draws (PF Chang's and Guitar Center probably come in next); no rides or "attractions."  Not sure how many shop at the Lilly Pulitzer store.  But Jeremiah's Ice and that Burger place are usually busy too.  So is the Italian Restaurant.  One hotel is already open and the larger one should open in 3 months; that will be a pivotal piece of the puzzle when it opens.

That being said, as it is now, the place is usually packed.  

They also redid Volusia Pointe Plaza and are integrating it into the overall complex; major face lift and some restructuring; night and day.  First Watch is there.  They're also  going to build apartments east of the cinema as well.

What they are planning to do, is that when Oklahoma Joe's BBQ opens up, and it's sister opens at Ace Cafe Orlando, they will host rallys that travel between both locations.  I think Joe's will be the busiest place there when it opens.  But Gametime (Dave & Busters-like chain) will be another huge draw when it opens.

That being said, I personally think that they will expand it when they gage how big of a draw it can become.

Now, that being said, it has or will have stiff competition from Tanger because Tanger is usually full, and they are building a large SC on the property adjacent to it (and a SAM's) which will not only have several restaurant out parcels, but also a Dave n Buster's (to compete with Gametime).  The Tanger center is about 2 miles north off of Williamson & LPGA Blvd.

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Does Volusia Mall still have three Dillard's? I hope not, because I've been reading the Dillard family is buying back stock instead of investing in the chain and there are rumors they'll be headed down the same path as Sears before too long, even as Macy's, Kohl's and Target are rebounding.

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41 minutes ago, spenser1058 said:

Does Volusia Mall still have three Dillard's? I hope not, because I've been reading the Dillard family is buying back stock instead of investing in the chain and there are rumors they'll be headed down the same path as Sears before too long, even as Macy's, Kohl's and Target are rebounding.

Yes.  3 Dillard's.  And they were not very happy with the Mall when it renovated the interior; their protest was that they should renovate the exterior to get more people in.  However now, they are building out a few more restaurant outparcels in front of the Sears.

If Dillard's closes, that will be a major black eye there.

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1 hour ago, spenser1058 said:

Does Volusia Mall still have three Dillard's? I hope not, because I've been reading the Dillard family is buying back stock instead of investing in the chain and there are rumors they'll be headed down the same path as Sears before too long, even as Macy's, Kohl's and Target are rebounding.

That was exactly that did in Sears.  Eddie Lampert buying back stock and letting the stores die.  Sears in 2005 had a chance at surviving if investment came and it was able to adapt.   Not with that guy at the wheel.  If Dillards is buying stock back and doing the same thing, its going to be the same death spiral.  

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Interesting article on just how active SpaceX plans to be at the Cape. Also note that Cape Canaveral is the "busiest private launch center."

An industry where we're #1 and with good paying jobs to boot. Who knew?

SpaceX hopes to launch 4,000 satellites, mostly from Florida, NASA report says
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/space/os-bz-spacex-satellites-cape-20180614-story.html

From the Sentinel

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