Tampa has cemented itself as a premier destination to live, work and play.
The 43-acre mixed-use development in Tampa Heights will bring a food hall, co-work space, bocce courts, kayaks, hundreds of parking space and extend the Riverwalk along the waterfront.
South Tampa has turned into a foodie mecca on the heels of Ciccio’s success and Mini Doughnuts meteoric rise.
The latest area to receive a “rebrand” is the Gandy Corridor, which connects Tampa with St. Pete. Replete with shopping, dining and entertainment options, it only makes sense that a brighter spotlight be shown on it. Shop Gandy! represents a partnership between South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, St. Pete Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce.
Currently, you can enjoy a brew at 81Bay Brewing before heading next door to Pattini’s for some sushi and an old school roller skate session. At the intersection of Gandy and Bayshore you can find the Tampa icon Kojak’s, which has been serving divine apple cake and excelsior plates of pulled pork for years.
The shop local push comes just before the start of the Selmon Expressway Extension project
. The Selmon Extension is a 2-mile toll lane in the median of Gandy Boulevard that will offer a choice for regional travelers to either use Gandy Boulevard for local destinations or use the Selmon Extension for a direct connection to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Dale Mabry Highway or the Gandy Bridge.
Construction of the Selmon West Extension is expected to begin in early 2018, with an anticipated operational date in late 2020. The Shop Gandy! website serves as a platform to post upcoming events and sales in the area. It will also help first-time visitors to become aware of, and better acquainted with the local businesses that are set to thrive in the coming years