Will Costco, Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods ever come to Port St. Lucie?
Feb 18, 2020, by Gil Smart [link]
So, will Costco be coming to Port St. Lucie? It’s not looking good.
What about a natural food store, like Fresh Market or Whole Foods? Or a Trader Joe’s? It’s possible.
But more restaurants, particularly “fast casual” eateries like Chipotle, Five Guys or Panera Bread? They’re practically breaking down the doors to get into Port St. Lucie — so long as they can find the right spot.
And that’s where the city’s retail consultant comes in.
Earlier this month Port St. Lucie City Council signed off on a third year with Retail Strategies, the firm initially hired in 2017 to market the city to retailers and restaurant chains that might be interested in establishing a presence in the rapidly growing town.
“We feel like we really get value” from the city’s relationship with Retail Strategies, Blackburn said at council’s Feb. 10 meeting.
“Rarely do I ever have a conversation with someone that doesn’t know about Port St. Lucie.”CLAY CRAFT
“I certainly think there’s an opportunity for organic grocers, but we’re seeing a bit of compression in that market — Fresh Market, Whole Foods and others are slowing down a little bit, and Publix and Aldi are buying up a lot of those leases” in Florida.
Retail Strategies is thrilled to partnered with Port St. Lucie, FL. Working with a city who is proactively recruiting retail increases the quality of life in a community while raising tax revenue and providing jobs.
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