Former Pizza Hut via Sean_Marshall/Flickr

(This is the first part in a two-part series about tenant choices/tenant mix in developments like Lakeside Village Center.)

We’ve all seen and recognized them across the country.  The Starbucks in the former Long John Silver’s building.  The Mexican restaurant in the former Pizza Hut building.  The Old Time Pottery in a former Wal-Mart.  When we allow such brand iconic buildings, such as what I fear of the Lakeside Village outparcels, to be part of a planned development, they will always be just that.  Brand iconic. [...]

Starbucks Baxter Village via BaxterSC.com

(Part two of a two-part series about tenant choices/tenant mix in developments like Lakeside Village Center.)

When Winter Garden Village (Daniels Road, Winter Garden, FL), an open-air restaurant/retail shopping district opened, I spoke with a local shop owner about his desire to open a store in the Village.  He owns a local eatery, not a chain or franchise.  He was turned down because his brand only operates one other store.  In other words, Sembler, the developer, imposed leasing standards that primarily only permitted chains to operate in Winter Garden Village. [...]