TAMPA, FL — The Hitting Academy has opened in 14,000 square feet at Kingsway Plaza in Brandon. Also new to the center is a Circle K convenience store. The Academy deal was brokered by Pattie DeWitt of Florida Retail Partners representing the Landlord. Adding an entertainment component to the center appeals to millennials for whom statistics show want more entertainment options in their shopping experience. “This is great news for the community,” according to DeWitt. “The Hitting Academy brings substantial traffic to the center benefitting all our retailers while providing a fun service to the community.
Kingsway Plaza recently underwent substantial renovation to better serve its tenants and their customers. The renovations included upgrading the parking lot, new site lighting, landscaping and tenant signage. Florida Retail Partners, an X Team partner has turned around the once struggling Kingsway Plaza, a 78,000 square foot retail center in Brandon, FL. bringing a myriad of new tenants including a solid anchor tenant in Dollar Tree.
“For years, I knew the next location for The Hitting Academy was Brandon, said Academy owner Rob Ciaravino. After searching the market for the best available space, Kingsway Plaza seemed to be the best fit. With a large amount of families in the immediate area and the latest improvements to the shopping center, we felt this would be a superb location for our 3rd location. Things are going great at our new Brandon location and we are looking forward to helping all of the baseball and softball players in the area for years to come.”
The Hitting Academy is the premier indoor baseball/softball training facility in Tampa Bay with three locations in Clearwater, Tampa and now Brandon. Rob Ciaravino opened his first Academy in Clearwater in 2007 with the goal of helping as many players as possible improve their skills. Since that time, The Hitting Academy has worked with many of the top players in the area to become better hitters and overall athletes. They train athletes of all ages and skill level from serious training to just having fun. They have created a great learning environment by understanding that most people (especially kids) are visual learners, and to nurture that use video analysis in all private hitting lessons.
About Florida Retail Partners
X Team partner Florida Retail Partners was founded in 1997 and currently has four Florida Retail Real Estate Specialists all with over twenty years of experience. The company’s focus has always been on retail tenant and landlord representation on Florida’s West Coast and Central Florida. This exclusive focus on retail includes diverse assignments ranging from tenant representation, land sales and consulting to leasing of both distressed properties in need of turnaround and upscale mixed-use projects with very specific co-tenancy parameters.
About X Team
X Team is an international alliance of retail real estate specialists with offices located in major cities throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. X Team partners average more than 20 years of industry experience, with expertise in major markets worldwide, specializing in tenant, property and developer/landlord representation, workout services, property dispositions and retail investments. X Team services include transaction negotiation, portfolio analysis, lease valuations, acquisitions, and asset assessment and valuation. For more information, please visit www.xteam.net.