Daytona Beach: New Businesses, Buildings, & Bars OH MY!

Today we’re talking about new businesses, new buildings, and future plans for development right here in Volusia County. If you’re like me, you’ve probably driven by that corner lot and thought to yourself, “Wow, another lot cleared, what are they building now?” The answer is we have many new construction projects that have already broken ground and a whole bunch more in the works.

You may have already heard about this first one: we’re about to have the largest Amazon distribution center in Volusia County right here in our backyard. Construction has begun on the $200 million Amazon robotics fulfillment center that’s literally double in size compared to the current largest distribution center, which is Deltona. The new facility broke ground just south of International Speedway in Daytona and is a massive 5-story, 2.8 million square foot complex. It’s expected to be completed around the 2023 holiday shopping season and create 1,000 jobs for our area.

In residential real estate, we have a number of new projects underway. The first phase of Avalon Park in Ormond will break ground later this year. This is going to be a 10,000-home community along the south side of State Road 40 and west of I-95. The development will be a town with its own downtown district with 1 million square feet of commercial space, schools, parks, and 1 million square feet of retail space.

There are also a number of luxury apartment projects in the works. The former Macy’s department store at the Volusia mall is being torn down and replaced with a 350-unit luxury apartment complex. There is a seven-story apartment complex with 250 units going in at 1216 North Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach, and there’s also a complex planned for the Tymber Creek Village on LPGA across from the entrance to Latitude Margaritaville.

We also have a number of new businesses that have purchased commercial space in the area. Of course, there was the purchase of the 31 beachside properties in Daytona Beach that we talked about a couple of weeks ago that included the popular Main Street bar locations at Dirty Harry’s, Bank and Blues, and Full Moon Saloon. We’re still not sure what the plans are for those iconic bars, but you can bet we’ll let you know when we do.

We also now have a new Chicago-based company that set up shop right here in Daytona Beach. Culture Studio, which is a branded apparel company, purchased a 75,000-square-foot warehouse on Fentress Blvd last April for $5.5 million. The company sells “merch” for some of the biggest names in entertainment including Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Jane’s Addiction, Tool, The Weeknd, and others. Their Daytona Beach plant will serve as the company’s distribution center for the Eastern US, so when the Rockville music festival comes to town again this May, some of the merch will likely be made right across the street.

And, we’re also going to be the home of an international company: BeStrong is a Hungary-based outdoor fitness equipment manufacturer that plans to base its US operations right here in Port Orange. They purchased a vacant lot in the Eastport Industrial Park and plan to break ground on their manufacturing plant and distribution center in the spring of 2023.

These are just a few of the new and upcoming projects currently underway in the Daytona Beach area. If there’s a location you’ve been curious about, Comment to let me know! We’ll do our best to investigate!  There’s a ton more out there and we’ll be sure to tell you all about them.

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