Publix abandons plan to open in Mary Brickell Village
By Marilyn Bowden
Publix officials have decided not to open a store in Mary Brickell Village, leaving the emerging residential-retail center with 30,000 square feet of space to fill.
Marcos Freire, general manager of Mary Brickell village, said developer Ivanhoe Cambridge is "content with the array of prospective tenants that have shown interest in the space" but would not disclose details of any negotiations that might be taking place.
Meanwhile, tenants continue to move in. Currently open are Starbucks, P.F Chang's Chinese Bistro, Oceanaire Seafood Room and Regions Bank. Esslinger Wooten Maxwell Realtors, which is moving out of its Brickell Key Office, is scheduled to open at Mary Brickell Village this month.
"We see Mary Brickell Village as the new meeting place for the Brickell area," he said. "Even with just a couple of restaurants open, we are already seeing tremendous traffic there seven days a week. We believe that the transportation access, with both Metromover and Metrorail there, will bring many people to this area.
"Like One Miami, which is also now open, this is one of the first true urban neighborhoods where people will be able to walk to work and shopping. Now we have opportunities at each one of these transit stations to have a higher quality of life."
Mr. Freire said Grimpa Steakhouse plans a late-April opening, Roma Organic Gelato hopes to open in May and Rosa Mexicano and Blue Martini should open in June.
He said units will be made available April 30 to other tenants to complete build-outs. They include anchor Bally Total Fitness; eateries Kuva Cuba, Subway, Abokado Sushi Restaurant, Salad Creations, The Grape, Blu and La Pizzaria del Sole; fashion stores Adele Dallas Orr, Between Us, Blush Brickell, Caasi, Essence Shoes, Jacky S, Joanna Paige, Marco Serussi, Moda G, Soleil, Studio LX and Vertigo; Village Humidor; Brickell Wine Group; Brickell Jewelers; Sowinski Jewelers; Brickell Shoe Repair; Esthetic Center; Passion Hairdressing; La Retoucheric de la Manuel Nail Spa; Royce Dry Cleaners; and Realtors Barbara Palacios, Edward Beiner and Skyline Realty, which is marketing Skyline at Mary Brickell Village, the project's residential component.
Mr. Freire said a grand opening is scheduled for September.