The lineup of a prominent PGA Boulevard shopping center is changing as some retailers go dark while others are eager to move into a big space even before it’s vacant.
Charming Charlie, a trendy clothing and accessories retailer, and New York & Company, a women’s career wear retailer, have closed in the Legacy Place outdoor shopping center earlier this year.
The shopping center’s managers are getting so much interest for the Arhaus Furniture space on the other side of the complex that they’re considering combining the former Charming Charlie and New York & Company stores to accommodate tenants, Stiles Realty Vice President Mike Carpenter said.
“There’s a lot of interest in that 15,000-square-foot size,” he said, noting it’s difficult to find that kind of space on PGA Boulevard.
Legacy Place is a 424,000-square-foot retail and office center just down the street from The Gardens Mall. Stiles Property Management manages the retail space.
Arhaus is moving to The Gardens Mall, where it will replace the former Gap and Aeropostale stores this fall. Arhaus is a home decor brand that promises to use natural materials from recycled goods and renewable sources in each of its 70 stores.
Four retailers, mostly of furniture or general goods, are interested in moving into the Arhaus space, Carpenter, the leasing agent, said.
The Charming Charlie space could become a restaurant because of its proximity to the water feature, Carpenter said.
The company filed for bankruptcy protection in December and emerged with about 100 fewer stores in April. Charming Charlie at CityPlace in West Palm Beach also closed.
The company had asked Legacy Place for a lower rent, Carpenter said.
“We just decided we wanted to get the space back now and try to lease it out,” he said.
Across from the former Charming Charlie, a Great Greek Grill will take over the former Bagel Boyz site. The grill is expected to open in September.
GolfTec, which offers golf lessons, instruction and custom club fitting, opened in Legacy Place earlier this year, Carpenter said.
There’s still no word on what will replace the TGI Fridays that closed more than a year ago. TGI Fridays was along the Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue side of the shopping center near Chili’s.
Carpenter said he’s working on a letter outlining the basic terms of a lease for a tenant that’s interested in the space. He hopes to have the lease signed by July, he said.
He said he couldn’t name the tenant, other than to say it’s another restaurant.