The retail at West Palm Beach’s CityPlace is moving further away from the shopping mecca the Related Companies envisioned when they developed the complex and is shifting towards an entertainment-driven center (note: correction appended).
According to the Palm Beach Post, seafood restaurant McCormick & Schmick is still unwilling to commit to its location in CityPlace facing Okeechobee Boulevard. Meanwhile, another high profile restaurant, the Kona Grille is closed, and the developers’ attempts at bringing a CVS drugstore to the space have been met by concerns from the city over traffic safety near the entrance. Further, there are talks to shrink Barnes & Noble’s 27,000-square-foot space in the complex, and Ann Taylor has closed its CityPlace location.
But these shopping losses could give way to more entertainment tenants. Related would like to bring a gym, perhaps an LA Fitness, to part of the bookstore space, the Post said, and a bowling alley is in the works for the north end of the center. [Palm Beach Post]