Gainesville's Recent Openings

The retail sector in the markets Front Street serves has been extremely active with expansion of existing businesses as well as the addition of several new concepts. Two nutrition stores are coming to town! Total Nutrition is opening a location at Plaza Centro at 3443 Archer Road. Impulse Nutrition opened in the old Florida National Bank drive-thru building at the corner of Northwest First Avenue and Northwest Second Street.

  • The 1,800-square-foot space formerly occupied by Starbucks will be home to Total Nutrition, which sells vitamins and supplements for sports nutrition and weight loss. Requiring little renovation, the transition from a coffee shop to a supplement store was seamless, said owner Yanni Glykas. The store is expected to open by the end of the month.
  •  Impulse Nutrition, a nutrition bar that serves smoothies and herbal teas, first welcomed customers in mid-June. It also offers nutrition counseling and wellness evaluations along with its 35 smoothie flavors all under 250 calories. The 450-square-foot building uses its parking lot for exercises, as part of Impulse's Get Fit Gainesville free exercise program. The store is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Check out other openings around Gainesville!

  •  Kung Fu Tea, specializing in hot and cold specialty drinks, is expected to open in September in the former Cycle Therapy space at Crispers Plaza, located at 3102 SW 34th St. Gainesville. This will be the second location in Florida, owner Amy Lin said. Front Street’s managing director Nick Banks said the space was vacant since Cycle Therapy closed six to eighth months ago.
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries' Archer location reopened Aug. 7. It had been closed recently due to remodeling.

While Haile Village may have lost a gym, but it gained a new arts and crafts business!

  • Sweat Life, personal training and outdoor fitness specialists, previously located in Haile Plantation, will expand to a larger location. They moved from 5206 SW 91st Terrace to a stand-alone building at Publix Market Square. The new space offers 2,100 square feet compared to 1,690 square feet, said owner Dan Griffin. Sweat Life needed more visibility and space but wanted to remain in Haile, Griffin said.
  • The Funkie Junkie Boutique opened in May selling paper crafting, rubber stamping and scrap booking supplies. Because the business became too big, the decision was made to move to a larger space, said owner Linda Coughlin.

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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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