The one-of-a-kind container park will feature retail and restaurants
WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (November 24, 2020) – KRATE, the outdoor container park planned for the Grove at Wesley Chapel, began taking shape this week as work crews set the first set of containers down.
Seventeen containers, which will be home to nine businesses, make up what will be one of the largest container parks in the world. This first set of pods will be occupied by tenants offering diverse dishes and items like Asian noodles, Puerto Rican fare, desserts, and charcuterie boards.
Once complete around the end of the year, the KRATE will feature 94 containers and 55 units comprised of 70% restaurants and 30% retail. Other restaurants will feature cuisine from around the world like Colombia, Peru, and Germany. Retail shops include a music store and a Lego product superstore.
Many of the tenants are entrepreneurs looking to start businesses in an exciting and unique concept. They come from cities like Tampa, Miami and Chicago. KRATE will also feature a stage with daily live entertainment, a dog park, and a playground. Local muralists have been commissioned to create Instagrammable wall art. The overall design includes plenty of outdoor seating, string lights, and speakers throughout the property – all touches that contribute to a sense of community.
“There is nothing like this in the world,” said Mark Gold, partner in Mishorim Gold Properties, which purchased the Grove for around $64 million in September 2019. Gold invested more than $110 million into the renovation of the property, which includes a movie theater of the future, a miniature golf course, and a water park. “KRATE is receiving attention across the globe for its unique concept and offerings. We will become the ultimate shopping and entertainment destination not just for Wesley Chapel, but for the region and around the world.”
Since purchasing the Grove, Gold has signed on 75 new tenants. Once the container park is complete, the entire 250-acre property will feature more than 50 restaurants, which currently is home to a popular dueling piano bar called Treble Makers and the Double Branch Artisanal Ales brewery. The property also features a weekly Fresh Market and monthly signature events that draw thousands of people.
Gold has invested in technology to help combat coronavirus. He installed UV lights in all air conditioning units throughout the complex to cut down on the spread of germs and viruses, and is installing the same technology in each of the containers. This technology has been shown to destroy the outer protein coating of the SARS-COV-2 virus, thus reducing the risk of transmission through air. The goal is to keep this technology even beyond this pandemic to ensure a clean and safe environment, especially for those suffering from allergies and during cold and flu season.
In addition to the KRATE project, what was once a Cobb Theater and Cinebistro will open soon as an independent Grove Cinema and Entertainment Complex with upgraded chairs that fully recline, a comedy club, a supervised kids’ play place, a movie theater room with spin bikes, a full arcade, a sushi bar, and much more. With pandemic safety at the forefront, the Complex will include sanitation technology like fogging machines and automated thermal temperature scan swing gates at the entrance and the UV lights. There are also plans for a miniature golf course and a water park.
About the Grove at Wesley Chapel
The Grove at Wesley Chapel is a 250-acre property in the heart of Wesley Chapel – one of the fastest-growing communities in America. Home to a unique mix of traditional big box stores and quaint village shops, the reimagined complex is undergoing renovations to transform it into a shopping, entertainment, and culinary destination. This includes plans for a container park, a cinema and entertainment complex with spin bikes, a kids’ playroom, restaurant and arcade; a water park; an amphitheater; and a miniature golf course.
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About MGold Properties
Mishorim Gold Properties, based in Wesley Chapel, Florida, serves as the landlord of millions of square feet of real estate in North America. The firm has recorded tremendous success in the real estate industry and is known for bringing old shopping centers back to life, revitalizing neighborhoods, and transforming communities.