The first 365 by Whole Foods Market™ announced for the state of Florida is also the first anchor store to be announced for Butler Town Center.
The 365 by Whole Foods Market will open in advance of the 2018 opening of the Town Center. Scheduled to begin construction this spring, Butler Town Center is the newest phase of the iconic Butler Plaza. The Town Center will be the development’s first mixed-use component, consisting of 350,000 square feet of new-to-market specialty retail, restaurants and residences providing a unique urban retail experience to Gainesville. A hotel is also planned for Butler Town Center in addition to the new shops and residences.
Centered around a pedestrian-oriented shopping experience, Butler Town Center serves as the upmarket capstone to the original 100-store Butler Plaza and the destination-oriented Butler North, creating a 267-acre, 1.8 million-square-foot retail plaza geared to meet the total shopping needs of the north central Florida region. In addition to a selection of fashion, specialty retailers and fine dining, the center will boast enhanced architecture and amenities to serve local customers, daytime employees, hotel guests and visitors from around the region.
Other upcoming openings include a 22,000-square foot Marshalls location inthe Butler North section of the expanded Butler Plaza and a 35,000-square foot Ashley HomeStore opening in the Fall. These will be the first locations in greater Gainesville for both brands.
An additional 18,300 square feet of specialty store space has recently been added to the roster of signed leases at Butler North, an expansion of Butler Plaza. The recently signed smaller stores opening throughout the year include Jimmy John’s (April), Orangetheory Fitness (April), Eyeglass Express (June), Blown Salon (June) and these fall openings: Florida Credit Union, Lee Nails, Cricket Wireless, Jersey Mike’s and SportClips.