FORT MYERS, Fla., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- North American Properties (NAP) – Southeast, Inc. (www.NAProperties.com) is pleased to announce its newest shopping center – Sky Walk – to be located across from the main entrance to Gateway at the intersection of Daniels Parkway and Gateway Boulevard in Fort Myers, Florida. Sky Walk will feature a 45,000-square-foot Publix with a drive-thru pharmacy, as well as an additional 20,000-square-feet of retail space.
The shopping center will be part of Skyplex, the 1,150-acre master-planned commercial park within the northern portion of Southwest Florida International Airport being developed by the Lee County Port Authority (LCPA).
"We are very pleased to work with NAP to lease this airport land," said Robert M. Ball, A.A.E., executive director of LCPA. "Sky Walk is the first development within Skyplex and will offer people traveling along the Daniels Parkway corridor and residents of Gateway new grocery and retail shopping opportunities."
"We jumped at the unique opportunity to work with Mr. Ball and the great team at LCPA on this initial phase, and to a new retail destination that will offer the convenience of a Publix Supermarket – the first built in Lee County in over five years – and other shops and restaurants to serve one of the busiest and fastest growing areas in Southwest Florida," said Dale Hafele, North American Properties partner.
Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass added, "As a lifelong Lee County resident, I am excited to welcome Publix into the Sky Walk center. It will serve as a key anchor in the plaza, providing much needed jobs and services to our residents and visitors here in Lee County."
NAP is currently applying for permits and expects to break ground later this year, with a store opening projected for the second half of 2017. There is already strong interest from local, regional, and national tenants.
Founded in 1954, North American Properties is a privately-held, multi-regional real estate operating company that has acquired, developed and managed more than $5 billion of retail, multifamily, mixed use, and office properties across the U.S. NAP – Southeast, the Florida division based in Fort Myers, has developed over one million square feet of retail space in Lee County alone, including three Publix locations, three Target locations, and a BJ's Wholesale Club, and has developed over 25 Publix-anchored centers throughout the Southeast. For more information, visit www.NAProperties.com.
SOURCE North American Properties -- Southeast, Inc.