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Construction issues have delayed the opening of Broward Meat & Fish’s new location at the former Penn Dutch Plaza on State Road 7 in Margate.
Athalia Lujo, daughter of owners Ruben and Denise Lujo, says an exact opening date has yet to be set, but for now it looks like the doors will open to buyers in early August.
The family announced in January 2021 its $11.9 million purchase of the plaza that housed its former competitor, Penn Dutch Meat and Seafood, and plans to build a flagship store in the 70,000 retail space. square feet.
The new store will be larger than Broward Meat & Fish’s existing operations in Pembroke Pines, Lauderdale Lakes and North Lauderdale and will offer an expanded selection of packaged groceries, beverages, prepared foods, deli and bakery options .
The demolition and reconstruction of the building’s interior took longer than expected, said Athalia Lujo, who is also the company’s general counsel. “There were a lot of backorder issues, supply chain issues,” she said.
An opening date likely won’t be announced until mid-July, she said. Hiring has already begun for the 100 employees the store will need.
Penn Dutch permanently closed its Margate and Hollywood stores in September 2019 after state food inspectors discovered listeria contamination in and around meat processing areas.
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Several new branches of Rumble Boxing Gym, a chain of stores founded in New York in 2017 that combines the concept of group training with nightclub-style lighting, hip-hop music and a heavy bag, are heading south from Florida.
“It’s group fitness for the individual,” the company’s website states. The site calls Rumble “a collection of the most inspired and inspiring fitness instructors on the planet.” They take to a catwalk “as a DJ, motivational speaker, and full-featured emcee,” the site says.
Forty-five-minute workouts are designed to the beat of custom hip-hop and house mashups. “The music, the lights, the program, and the collective heartbeat of the venue all come together as if this was a collaboration from the start – as if Cardi B wrote this song, for this moment, for you. “
The website shows 23 open and 36 “coming soon” locations, including 327 Plaza Real in east Boca Raton; 408 NE 3rd St. in Fort Lauderdale; 14585 Biscayne Blvd. in North Miami; and 1220 17th St. in South Beach.
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Elegant Puppies and Lighting Depot are two of the newest stores to open at The Shops at Pembroke Gardens in Pembroke Pines, according to a press release.
Elegant Puppies, which opened in March between Sid and Fontan Jewelers and Ann Taylor, offers “teacup” puppies and an assortment of luxury puppy clothes, accessories and specialty baked goods.
Lighting Depot, at the north end of the square, opened in January with an assortment of “traditional, transitional and contemporary” indoor and outdoor lighting and ceiling fans for residential and commercial properties “that promote beauty , utility and affordability,” the statement read. .
Stores coming to the outdoor mall later this year include:
- Altar’d State, a women’s clothing store with existing locations at the Galleria mall in Fort Lauderdale and downtown Boca
- Arula, a mid-size and larger women’s clothing store owned by the same company as Altar’d State
- David’s Bridal, a company founded in Fort Lauderdale in 1950 that bills itself as the nation’s largest chain of bridal stores
- Carrot Express, a health-focused fast casual restaurant
- F45 Fitness, a group gym offering seven-day, 45-minute workout programs that alternate between cardio and resistance training, with hybrid training on Saturdays
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Best known for its handcrafted handbags, UK-based Radley London opened its brand new South Florida location on June 10 at the Sawgrass Mills Outlet Center in Sunrise.
The Sunrise store was only the fourth outlet for the chain, which also sells handbags, wallets, shoes and other accessories. Prices for handbags range from $120 to $300, while most shoes cost less than $100.
A partnership led by longtime South Florida mall owner and developer Beth Azor won approval from the city of Plantation last month to build a new Wawa convenience store at 100 Pine Island Road at southeast of the street’s intersection with Broward Boulevard.
The store will complete the redevelopment of a three-acre site that also houses a Starbucks drive-thru, Chim Authentic Thai and Sushi and Smoosh Cookies.
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When completed, the new Wawa will be Plantation’s only gas station on the south side of Broward Boulevard, according to the city’s website.
Since opening its first three stores in South Florida in a single day in March 2017, the popular Philadelphia-based chain has opened 31 additional stores in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.
Ron Hurtibise covers business and consumer issues for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Send him your retail news on [email protected].