BABCOCK RANCH, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2021) – Babcock Ranch residents and neighbors now have a new place for easy and convenient shopping at the newly completed Publix Super Market in the Crescent B Commons shopping center. Kitson & Partners, developers of Babcock Ranch, celebrated the grand opening today alongside Publix Super Market’s store management team at a ribbon cutting celebration before welcoming its first customers.
Offering a drive-thru pharmacy, a lighted mezzanine for dining, and a liquor store, Publix is the first business serving customers in the 83,487-square-foot Crescent B Commons shopping center located at a new entrance to Babcock Ranch.
“Today marks a special day for our Babcock Ranch residents,” said Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners. “With the addition of Publix and its superior customer service and grocery selection, we have taken a big step forward in our vision as a sustainable and growing community.”
Several other retailers, including restaurants, hair and beauty salons, financial services, a coffee shop, and healthcare providers will gradually begin to open throughout the remainder of 2021. A few of the businesses already lined up are Pi Local Pizza, The Vet at Babcock, M’xuma Tacos, Burger Fi, U. Yee Sushi, Stellar Vision, Encore Nails, Postal Pack & Ship, and Royal Paw Grooming and Day Care. Additional outparcel tenants will join Crescent B Commons in the spring of 2022. Katz & Associates is overseeing retail space leasing for the new shopping center.
To provide direct, convenient access to the shopping center, a new entrance to Babcock Ranch has been established through the Cypress Parkway extension. The new four-lane road is now complete and features an expansive bridge entry and enhanced landscaping. Just east of the new bridge, additional north-south connectivity within Babcock Ranch is provided by a newly opened section of Curry Preserve Drive. A new traffic signal at Babcock Ranch Road/SR31 has also been installed.
Future improvements to the Cypress Parkway extension will include roundabouts that will each feature themed elements, including a windmill and a functional school bell tower.
“After much anticipation, we are excited to offer area residents the quality and convenience of a nearby Publix, along with additional services and shopping just steps from their front door,” said Tom Hoban, President and CIO of Kitson & Partners. “The new plaza will align with Babcock Ranch’s distinctive style, with outdoor spaces offering opportunities for shoppers to sit and enjoy the natural beauty of our area.”
Ranked as Southwest Florida’s top master-planned community based on Metrostudy data for single-family home annual starts in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties, Babcock Ranch was also named 2020 Master-Planned Community of the Year by the Lee Building Industry Association. The community also recently surpassed 1,500 homes sold and was named to the No. 25 position in the country’s 50 top-selling master-planned communities of 2021 by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors and was recognized on John Burns Real Estate Consulting’s 2020 list of the country’s 50 top-selling master-planned communities.
Created by Kitson & Partners with respect for the natural environment and the philosophy that smart growth and sustainability work hand in hand, half of the town’s footprint is set aside as greenways, parks and expansive lakes, providing recreation and scenic backdrops for Babcock Ranch’s homes and the Founder’s Square downtown district.
Babcock Ranch offers homes from seven homebuilders in seven neighborhoods, with additional builders and newly introduced neighborhoods coming soon. With more than 50 home design options ranging from 1,120 to more than 4,000 square feet, Babcock Ranch homes appeal to young millennials, families, empty nesters and retirees alike. Homes start from the $200,000s to over $1.5 million. Built to Florida Green Building Coalition standards, homes emphasize energy and water conservation and offer a full gig of fiber-optic connectivity.
Within Babcock Ranch’s welcoming neighborhoods, model homes are open by some of the area’s finest builders, including AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg, Divco Custom Homes, Florida Lifestyle Homes, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pulte Homes, and WCI.
For more information about Southwest Florida’s new hometown, located just northeast of Fort Myers off Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31, visit the Woodlea Hall Discovery Center at 42850 Crescent Loop in Babcock Ranch, call 877-709-6620, or visit www.BabcockRanch.com.
Watch Drone Footage from the Grand Opening below:
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