A new Famous Tate could be open as soon as fall.
Site preparation for the 13,700-square-foot appliance store is underway off U.S. 41 in Lutz. The store will sit on an outparcel in front of the Walmart Supercenter, and will be Pasco County’s third Famous Tate.
Famous Tate of New Tampa Inc., purchased the 1.5-acre vacant lot in March 2015.
Owner John Horst said at the time that he wanted his company to be “a player” in the growth coming to the area.
“We have a lot of customer base,” said Claude Ward, the company’s general manager.
But, growth in the area also will bring more traffic, he said.
“As traffic becomes a hardship, people only drive so far, so we have to be more centrally located for our customers.”
Bulldozers recently cleared the land. The next step will be building permits to begin the store’s construction.
It tentatively is set for a fall opening, said Ward.
Famous Tate was founded in 1954. Its Pasco locations are 5419 Village Market in Wesley Chapel, and 8010 Grand Blvd., in Port Richey.
The store will have company, as developers are starting to buy more of the outparcels surrounding the Walmart location.
The discount store and the County Line shopping plaza are located in a pie-shaped swath of land between U.S. 41 and North Dale Mabry Highway, with entrances off both roadways.
New Port Richey Hospital Inc., a subsidiary of HCA Holdings Inc., recently bought a 1.6-acre vacant lot, across from Famous Tate. Plans are to build a health care facility, according to a press release from The Land Sharks LLC, which brokered the sale.
Another outparcel is slated for a Stor-Kwik Self Storage.
Mark Cooney of The Land Sharks also anticipates a restaurant and automobile store are potential new tenants on other outparcels.
Published June 15, 2016