Justine Griffin / Herald-Tribune – Whole Foods Market and Wawa — two popular brands that have ratcheted up the region’s profile, especially among their sometimes zealous devotees — will be married at the new “University Station” shopping plaza at the southwest corner of University Parkway and Honore Avenue.
Rezoning paperwork filed with Sarasota County for the proposed shopping plaza shows that SJ Collins Enterprises, the Atlanta-based commercial developer behind the project, would host a 40,148-square-foot Whole Foods, another 10,000 square feet of in-line shops and a nearby Wawa gas station/convenience store.
“SJ Collins is working with Wawa and their developer to create a cohesive plan that will include shared access parking, landscaping and signage,” said Jeff Garrison, a partner with the Georgia real estate firm. “We’re working with a number of high-end restaurants and boutique retail concepts for the remaining available space.”
Commercial real estate specialists were impressed with the proposed lineup, though the proposal already is raising concerns of more traffic on the congested University Parkway.