Festival Bay Mall used to be a favorite of mine. It never did manage a full slate of stores, but held steady with some very strong anchor tenants, including Sheplers and Cinemark. Now, Artegon is breathing new life into the mall, which will open Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill next month. More concepts will be coming this year, as Artegon Orlando now speeds toward an October, 2014 Grand Opening. And they are looking for small, unique retailers and artisans for their Marketplace concept!
We talked with Steve Sless, Executive Vice President of Artegon Orlando about the upcoming Artegon Orlando mall, and he allowed us to take photos of some concept art. Artegon bought the mall 3 years ago, it is quite large on 140 acres with 1/2 mile of frontage. On our visit, we saw quite a few visitors who were heading to Ron Jon Surf Shop, Fuddruckers and other tenants that have stayed put through the changes.
Concept Art for Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill, Opening May 2014
Construction on Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill in April 2014
What can you expect at Artegon Orlando this year? What we are looking forward to most is the 20,000 square foot Berghoff German Beer Hall. Berghoff’s began in Chicago in 1898 and is 4th-generation owned, so they obviously are doing something very right – and we can’t what to see what has made it so popular!
Berghoff German Beer Hall Concept Art
Current Location Between Fuddrucker and Toby Keith’s I Love This Grill and Bar (opening May)
Artegon Orlando will also be opening a 46,000 square foot bowling complex called Revolutions Eat. Drink. Rock & Bowl – there has been a huge resurgence of bowling in the Orlando area, expecially with specialty food and drink. Redbourne Skatepark has also signed on to the project.
Revolutions Eat. Drink. Rock & Bowl Concept Art
Artegon is bringing a marketplace concept that Sless likens to Faneuil Hall in Boston – where visitors can have their “own personal sense of discovery” with a lot of independent vendors and artists. One of the most interesting concepts we were told about includes glass blowing classes. Sless expects 165 marketplace tenants by October 16th, which should make Artegon Orlando a heavily sought-out destination for Orlando visitors. Sless mentioned other projects in the area, including I-Drive Live with the phrase, “A rising tide lifts all boats”.
Front Entrance and Ron Jon Surf Shop, April 2014
Front Entrance and Ron Jon Surf Shop Concept Art
International Drive will be more of a destination than ever once all these projects are done. And with Artegon being just around the corner from Universal Studios, it should be a great place to wind down after a long day exploring Diagon Alley later this year.
Artegon will be announcing more tenants as the Grand Opening date closes in. If you are interested in leasing space, write to Steve Sless at firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces range from 100 – 10,000 square feet, with flexible lease terms available. Follow Artegon Orlando on Facebook and Artegonorlando.com for information on future open house opportunities and to keep up with the latest on this exciting project!
Artegon Orlando is located at 5250 International Drive in Orlando. The anchor stores will continue to be open for business during the renovations.