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Business Observer Friday, Jun. 3, 2022 6 months ago

Highly anticipated container park to open in Tampa suburb

Krate, featuring 46 boutique restaurant and retail outlets, is part of the revamped Grove at Wesley Chapel shopping center.

Under construction for two years, Krate, an ambitious container park concept, is set to open Saturday at the Grove at Wesley shopping center.

Krate’s 94 containers, according to a news release, house 46 one-of-a-kind restaurants and retail shops. It was developed by Mishorim Gold Properties, which bought the Grove at Wesley Chapel complex for $64 million in September 2019 and invested $110 million in renovations and upgrades, including a miniature golf course that’s slated to open later this year.

The amenity’s retail outlets, the release states, include a children’s boutique, a handpicked flower shop, a Wesley Chapel and Tampa Bay themed gift shop and a specialty rock and crystal boutique. Restaurants feature diverse cuisine from all over the world, such as Japanese ramen, Puerto Rican pastries, Hawaiian noodles and a French bakery. 

Many Krate tenants are first-time business owners who hail from near and far, including Tampa, Miami and even Chicago. The containers can be rented for as little as $1,500 per month depending on size and buildout, but there’s a waitlist of 160 potential tenants.

“We did not expect a pandemic, supply chain shortages and permitting delays,” Mishorim Gold Properties partner Mark Gold states in the release, “but we did it and everything we promised we would do has become reality. We are proud of the sense of community we have built here at both the Grove and Krate, and look forward to providing even more opportunities to bring together friends, families, local businesses and neighbors.” 

A Krate grand opening celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Click here for a schedule of events and more details.

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