Duke’s landscaping plan gains approval

The Pasco County Planning Commission has approved a landscaping plan submitted by Duke Energy Florida LLC., in connection to an electrical substation in Wesley Chapel. The planning board had previously approved the electric company’s request for an expansion to its electrical substation on a 20-acre parcel on the north side of Satinleaf Lane, about 650 feet west of Smith Road. However, that … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek plaza still expanding

The pace of development at Cypress Creek Town Center is picking up, with new shops and restaurants under construction at two sites within the town center. Most of the action is taking place along Sierra Center Boulevard, a main artery that cuts through the town center, which is located at State Road 56 and Grand Cypress Drive. Two new shopping strips, each fronting Sierra Center Boulevard, will … [Read more...]

MOD Pizza sets up shop off State Road 56

MOD Pizza is expected to open soon in a mini-retail center along restaurant row, in front of Tampa Premium Outlets, off State Road 56 in Lutz. The pizza chain’s sign is in place outside, as workers complete the interior build-out for the restaurant. The Pasco County Commission on Aug. 7 approved an application from Cypress Creek NVH LLC for an alcohol license that would allow sale of beer … [Read more...]

More shops coming to Cypress Creek and Tampa Premium Outlets

New retail is on the way to Cypress Creek Town Center, located west of the Interstate 75 interchange, on the north side of State Road 56. Across the road, Tampa Premium Outlets will add a new big box store – the At Home Décor Superstore. Construction on the infrastructure for the new shops is in early stages. Berry Construction has obtained permits for Burlington (formerly Burlington Coat … [Read more...]

New retailers open at Tampa Premium Outlets

Tampa Premium Outlets has added four new retailers, and four more will open in time for holiday shopping season, according to an announcement from Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations. The four new recently opened retailers are Volcom, Pop Cult, Green Mango and Happy Dough. Volcom designs, markets and distributes board sports-oriented items, including clothing, footwear, accessories … [Read more...]

More construction pops up on State Road 56

Until recently the south side of State Road 56, by the Interstate 75 interchange, created the most commercial buzz. Tampa Premium Outlets and a slew of restaurants turned grassland into a shopping and dining mecca. More is on the way. Starbucks is the latest opening on the south side of the highway. It’s next to Culver’s. But, now it’s the north side of the state road that’s … [Read more...]

Costco primed for February opening

Costco Wholesale is heading toward a Feb. 8 opening of its new location in front of Tampa Premium Outlets, off State Road 56 in Lutz. But, motorists can expect to fill up their vehicles at Costco gas pumps as early as Jan. 11. Applications to the membership-only warehouse giant will be available on Jan. 10. Eighty to 90 positions are expected to be filled in coming weeks, according to Rosina … [Read more...]

There’s no shortage of holiday cheer here

The Thanksgiving turkey and all of the fixins’ — and all of the leftovers — are gone. Lucky for you, you’ve got a whole month of holiday happenings available for your enjoyment. Here’s a look at just some of the free and low-cost options being offered in the The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, with a few other regional events tossed in that we thought would give you some holiday … [Read more...]

It’s time for Fourth of July fun

People who enjoy celebrating Independence Day will find plenty of choices both locally and across the Tampa Bay region this Fourth of July weekend. As usual, the community of Lutz will have a slate of activities geared at giving families a taste of old-fashioned Fourth of July fun. The day kicks off with a 5-k for runners, and a 1-mile family fun run and walk for those who are geared to life … [Read more...]

Culver’s ready for custard day on Feb. 29

The countdown is less than a week away for the opening of Culver’s restaurant. The aqua building with the royal blue highlights is a visible sign of the growth under way near the Tampa Premium Outlets. “There is such development in this area,” said franchise owner Marty Roeske. “There’s going to be nothing but growth. We’re excited.” Construction crews are pulling together last-minute … [Read more...]