Shoe Carnival will host a grand opening in the Village Lakes Shopping Center on April 1, real estate officials with the shoe company have announced.
That’s no April Fool’s Day joke.
The store is planning a soft opening a few days before, on March 27.
The new shoe shop will be located in a suite next door to Ross Dress for Less.
Construction workers are busy getting the approximately 7,800-square-foot store ready for its debut.
Village Lakes Shopping Center opened in the 1980s.
Former occupants in the center included Walmart and Sweetbay Supermarket, which formerly was Kash n Karry.
Center tenants now include Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, You Fit Health Club, Dollar Tree and Beef O’ Brady’s.
The national chain shoe store conducts research to determine locations, largely zeroing in on “underserved” markets, said Jeff Fink, vice president of Shoe Carnival’s real estate department.
“We liked the shopping center, and we liked the community,” Fink said.
Other Shoe Carnival stores in the region operate in Tampa, Bradenton, Brandon, Largo, St. Petersburg and Spring Hill.
Published March 29, 2017