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.