Dunkin’ Donuts, Tijuana Flats, Gators Dockside and more will be open for business when Westside Shoppes near Lakeside Village opens next year.

HORIZON WEST  Horizon West residents living near Lakeside Village will soon have a Dunkin’ Donuts, Tijuana Flats and more to call their own.

Unicorp National Developments Inc. bought the 117-acre site — located at the corner of Winter Garden-Vineland Road and Lakeside Village, across from Publix and McDonald’s — in October 2015 as part of plans to turn it into a mixed-use development, with restaurants, shops and homes. Plans indicate that there also will be a middle school in the future.

One of the first phases of this project, the Westside Shoppes, consists of a total of 70,700 square feet and includes six buildings with individual retail spaces, as well as three outparcel buildings.

Unicorp Senior Vice President Amy Schuemann said the company started planning with its architect in 2014 and that the shops will not be just another strip center, but rather a place to go for an experience.

Almost all spaces have been leased, with the exception of one individual space and one outparcel building.

Some tenants that customers can expect when the shopping center opens in spring 2017 include Dunkin’ Donuts, Tijuana Flats, Gators Dockside, Flippers Pizzeria, Keke’s Breakfast, Luxury Nails, Great Clips, Jeremiahs Italian Ice and Wendy’s.

“I think the local community will really appreciate the atmosphere we are creating with the architecture and common areas,” Schuemann said. “We tried to get a good mix of neighborhood eateries and services, making a convenient shopping destination for the local residents.”

In addition to the Westside Shoppes, Unicorp is working on the Venetian Isle townhomes — 44 units in total — and Venetian Isle, a community consisting of 302 apartments. Eventually, there will also be 170 single-family homes.

Source: Horizon West developer announces new shops | Windermere Observer | Orange Observer