Let’s Take a Drive

Guest Writers:  Bob & Roberta Kolton, Commercial Realtors ®

If you haven’t traveled North Washington Blvd between Downtown Sarasota and University Parkway, you should take a little drive; we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the changes that are happening in Commercial Real Estate in the area.  A lot of the listings that have recently come on the market, along with some of those run down buildings that have been on the market for years, have been sold or leased.  You’ll be amazed at the amount of work that is being done and the abundance of new businesses opening up shop.

Some of the businesses include Dealers Choice, which is moving into the old Allied Tire building, and Jim Taylor Automotive, just a couple buildings north.  On the other side of the road, you will find the freshly painted Buccaneer Pawn shop and who could miss the bright yellow Lumber Liquidators building.  Of course there is the new Family Dollar store just north of 20th Street in the Newtown area.  And just a little father north is Interior Floors, which completely changed the look for their building with a new façade and fresh paint job.

Manatee County Commercial Real Estate hasn’t been far behind the wave of new business.  Richard’s Foodporium recently expanded to a 21,000 square foot distribution warehouse just north of University Parkway off 25th Court East.  Joining them in Manatee County are Down 2 Earth Landscaping, Gator Air Conditioning, and Dentsply, which recently consolidated several buildings into one 115,000 sq. ft. facility.

It’s encouraging to finally see movement in commercial sales and leasing with new business coming to the area.  We’re excited to see the trend continue.

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