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True Fashionistas Home will be combined in a new larger space with the True Fashionistas Designers Resale clothing store in the Galleria Shoppes in Vanderbilt. COURTESY PHOTOS / TRUE FASHIONISTAS

Question: Do you know what is being built in the space located at Galleria Shoppes in Vanderbilt across from Primo Hoagies? It’s a big space. Thanks, I like the column.

– Mike Morrow, Naples North

A: Intended to be an anchor supermarket 15 years ago, this large space at 2355 Fontana Del Sol Way will soon accommodate at least three tenants.

True Fashionistas, a designer resale and consignment store, will consolidate its local brand there and occupy most of the space. Its 13,000 square feet will include the two sets of sliding glass doors at the center of the row space. However, its T-shaped space will allow room in the front on each side for additional tenants.

The clothing and accessories company will relocate its three locations to Galleria Shoppes in Vanderbilt to serve as an anchor for the Lifestyle Center at the northwest corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road and Airport-Pulling Road in the north of Naples.

Intended to be a supermarket anchor 15 years ago, this large Galleria Shoppes space in Vanderbilt in northern Naples will soon accommodate at least three tenants.  TIM ATEN / NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY

Intended to be a supermarket anchor 15 years ago, this large Galleria Shoppes space in Vanderbilt in northern Naples will soon accommodate at least three tenants. TIM ATEN / NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY

If all goes according to plan, True Fashionistas will move to its new premises just east of Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill in late November or early December, said Jennifer Johnson, co-owner of the local business with her husband, Brad. . They launched their pink helmet campaign on social media this week to create early buzz about the construction project.

“We just want to start getting the word out to our customers,” Ms. Johnson said. “We have some really great projects. We will grow up. “

True Fashionistas buys and sells branded used clothing and accessories for men, women and children. The Johnsons started their local business in late 2010 in the Galleria Shoppes in Vanderbilt. “This is where we’ve always been,” she says.

In addition to their clothing store, the couple launched a furniture store, True Fashionistas Home, three years ago in the Vanderbilt Shoppes and they have a warehouse near Shirley Street in North Naples to store merchandise from e-commerce. The new location will allow the Johnsons to consolidate their three separate operations. “This will combine it all into one awesome store,” Ms. Johnson said. “We will be the largest lifestyle consignment store in Southwest Florida once we move. It just worked. It’s kind of a dream. It’s a huge anchor store. It’s a bit of a big deal.

True Fashionistas opened over 10 years ago in Vanderbilt's Galleria Shoppes in North Naples.

True Fashionistas opened over 10 years ago in Vanderbilt’s Galleria Shoppes in North Naples.

The Johnsons do not plan to close their other stores before opening the new one. “It’s literally going to be in tandem,” Ms. Johnson said.

Real fashionistas should be able to start its construction next month. “I plan to have it finished and deliver it to True Fashionistas by the end of October,” said Clayton Coleman, general contractor for The Shoppes at Vanderbilt.

Loose ends

The True Fashionistas retail space at the front of the building will be a real estate office and eventual restaurant.

True Fashionistas buys and sells branded used clothing and accessories for men, women and children.

True Fashionistas buys and sells branded used clothing and accessories for men, women and children.

“We have another tenant who comes to the space next door. Stock Development will set up a showroom and sales center for their development on Vanderbilt Beach Road, ”said Mr. Coleman.

The Naples-based developer will occupy the space directly east of the resale store. Stock will use its new storefront to market the 140 luxury residences planned in its One Naples development more than 3 miles west on Vanderbilt Beach Road. One Naples is proposed to have two 10-story residential towers and three mid-rise five-story residential buildings each near Vanderbilt Beach and across from the Ritz-Carlton, a seaside resort in Naples.

While Stock has already started building its new space, about 3,500 remaining square feet on the west side of future True Fashionistas have yet to be leased, but the center is hoping to set up a restaurant there, Coleman said. They are also still negotiating with potential tenants for the two units the True Fashionistas will be vacating.

Ax Lodge, which opened in August at 2371 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 704 in northern Naples, has 10 ax throwing lanes and a self-service beer wall.  TIM ATEN / NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY

Ax Lodge, which opened in August at 2371 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 704 in northern Naples, has 10 ax throwing lanes and a self-service beer wall. TIM ATEN / NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY

Past present Future

True Fashionistas’ future location was originally designated for Fresh Market in 2006. The 19,700 square foot space was the perfect size for the grocery chain to anchor what was then called The Collection at Vanderbilt. But the grocer’s plans failed and the deal ended in litigation. Then the Ada’s Natural & Organic Foods supermarket was supposed to open in the same location in the fall of 2008 – then in the spring of 2009. This did not happen, of course. Grocers and center owners have been left with lawsuits and counter-suits over construction delays and payment agreements. The space remained empty for 15 years.

Ownership of the mall has changed hands a few times since then. The current owners intend to finally build on prime lots on the outskirts of the center which have not been completed as originally planned.

“Tim Aten Knows” is published weekly in Naples Florida Weekly.  Mr. Aten is editor-in-chief of Gulfshore Business magazine.  Email your questions to TimAtenKnows@floridaweekly.com.  Follow @TimAtenKnows on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

“Tim Aten Knows” is published weekly in Naples Florida Weekly. Mr. Aten is editor-in-chief of Gulfshore Business magazine. Email your questions to [email protected] Follow @TimAtenKnows on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

A 1.3 acre lot at the northeast corner of the development was originally intended for a 5,600 square foot bank with drive-thru, but it remained underdeveloped and became the short-term market site. of original producers in the center at one point. The weekly market was eventually moved to a more central location, but this corner of Galleria Drive and Airport-Pulling Road will finally see long-term activity soon.

A building of nearly 12,000 square feet with six retail units is planned for this pad site, Mr. Coleman said. “We should start working in the next few weeks,” he said.

The only other vacant parcel in the Shoppes at Vanderbilt is also expected to be developed soon. Another multi-tenant commercial building is planned on the lot along Vanderbilt Beach Road between CVS Pharmacy and Synovus Bank. This place was originally supposed to be a Japanese Benihana steakhouse when the center was built in 2007 and 2008, but the restaurant’s franchisee decided not to come to Naples. The plans show that 8,500 square foot buildings with a 1,500 square foot patio were previously planned. Drive-thru could be a possibility there now, Coleman said.

Another new business just opened last month in the mall. Ax Lodge has 10 ax throwing lanes and a 12-tap self-service beer wall. The company, located between Ninja Japanese Steakhouse and Flaco’s Mexican restaurant, is open Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit theaxelodge.com. ??

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