ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays may not be banking on an influx of residents and activity in the westward expansion of downtown, but a developer and grocer see it and are getting ready.
ARC Group is planning a 50,000-square-foot retail center with a 32,000-square-foot grocery store for 700 Central Ave. There will be three levels of parking above, according to plans submitted to the city.
The location is three blocks from Tropicana Field and six blocks from the 29,000-square-foot Publix at 250 Third St. S. It’s across the street from the Hermitage apartments now under construction.
Whole Foods has been considering sites in St. Petersburg for about two years. Publix is on a major expansion kick. But nobody is saying what store will go there.