Shopping in Naples

Around Town: Many new shops, restaurants opening or coming to East Naples
There is so much good news that I hardly know where to begin, but here goes:

Wynn’s Sunshine Ace Hardware is moving along so quickly on their huge, new 22,000-square-foot building that they expect to be open for business by the middle of April. If it is anything like their downtown store, I’ll be in there every week.

For those who are wondering where their new store is located, it’s right next door to the Perkin’s Restaurant on U.S. 41 East. I can’t believe how quickly that huge building went up. (Collier County’s low-bid contractor for the new 11,000-square-foot community center started last year January and it’s still not ready.) Sunshine Ace Hardware is now working on their parking lot. Let’s all meet at their ribbon cutting on my birthday, April 13.

If you think the Ace Hardware departure will leave an empty hole in their present location, you are wrong. Moving right in on the heels of their vacation will be a Sears Outlet. Being that I’ve never seen one, I cannot weigh in on what it will be like, and so I’ll leave that alone until they open.

We’ve heard so much about gas stations recently, and they all seem to be coming to the East Naples community right now. Along the way, people have mentioned another brand, named WaWa, which I’d never heard of. Well, no worry, because they are also coming to East Naples. It will be close to the County Road 951/U.S. 41 intersection, but that’s all I can tell you right now.

Another bit of huge news. A Sam’s Club is planning on coming to the East Naples community. Yes, you heard right. The final details are being worked out, but I’ll let you know the location soon. They hope to be open for business before the end of this year.

The Naples Towne Centre has struggled through hard times, just as other businesses have, except they had another hurdle to overcome. There are different owners for different sections of that shopping center. Last year, the RMC Property Group painted and upgraded their northeast section of the shopping center, and have moved forward at a good pace, leasing their stores, but they had one large area that needed to be filled. They wouldn’t accept just any company; they wanted it to be above average, and they found the right merchant.

It’s “Lucky’s Market,” a business that already has locations in other parts of our great country. I’m excited to get to know this new independently owned and operated 38,000-square-foot organic grocery store. Their concept is to provide the freshest, local, organic, sustainable and traditionally crafted foods.

They were quoted as saying, “We believe when we give back to the earth, the earth repays in kind. Our unrelenting commitment: to offer the best quality for the finest value from our family of stores to your family.” Check out their website at

Joey D’s has opened at the corner of Airport-Pulling Road and Davis Boulevard. Their sign has been announcing their intention of opening for some time, but when they flung open their doors, people were waiting to rush in. The place is crowded every day and night (except Monday, when they are closed). People look like they are having a great time, and I’ve heard the food is really good. I couldn’t get in to try it myself, but I’ll get there.

Tamiami Crossings Shopping Center, which will include a Steinmart, Marshall’s, Ross and more at the corner of U.S. 41 East and Collier Boulevard, will begin construction by the end of March, says the representative from Kite Realty. They hope to be open for business by the end of the year, if weather permits.

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