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Shopping, anyone? More stores open at Bay City Point

Jacqueline Bostick
jbostick@pcnh.com
The News Herald

PANAMA CITY — As development continues, businesses are opening their doors this summer at 23rd Street's Bay City Point shopping center.

The 200,000 square-foot development is located at the corner block of 23rd Street and State Road 77 just across the street from the former Panama City Mall.

“We are excited to see new stores in Bay City Point begin to open,” Panama City Manager Mark McQueen said in a statement Thursday. “The development is another example of progress in the city of Panama City’s pursuit to become the premier city in the Panhandle.”

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“Bay City Point brings an economic boost to the city as well as provides a higher quality of life with new shopping for citizens,” he added.

The city has most recently approved business licenses for Hobby Lobby, Five Below, and Xfinity. The stores join Sketchers Outlet, Ulta, also phase one's Cracker Barrel, Chick-fil-A, Dunkin Donuts, Chipolte, Which Wich, Discount Tire, Panda Express, Aspen Dental, and Mission BBQ — all of which are already operating.

Hobby Lobby will open Monday and the remaining stores by October, according to officials from R.H. Ledbetter Properties, LLC.

According to LedbetterProperties.com, the area presents "great access and visibility" for more retail companies interested in moving into the site.

“We are currently negotiating letters of intent on several of the small shops spaces on the western end of the project closest to Wilson Avenue,” officials said in an email. “If we are able to convert those letters of intent into executed leases, we would have six small shop bays remaining to lease that total 8,400 square feet. The project (Phase II) is approximately 142 square feet, so we are about 94% leased.”

“We expect Bay City Point to make a significant positive economic impact on this corridor (for) Panama City and Bay County,” officials said.