Pier Park (Florida) facts for kids
|Location||Panama City Beach, Florida, United States|
|Opening date||February 14, 2008|
|Developer||Simon Property Group|
|Management||Simon Property Group|
|Owner||Simon Property Group (65.6%)|
|No. of stores and services||141|
|No. of anchor tenants||3|
|Total retail floor area||895,974 square feet (83,238.7 square meters)|
|No. of floors||1|
In the late 1990s to early 2000s there were talks about an outdoor shopping complex on Panama City Beach that would be adjacent to the Gulf Front with retail stores, dining options, and a movie theatre. The Pier Park project officially broke ground in 2002 with a 5 to 6 year timeline for completion it neared completion in late 2007 for a Spring 2008 opening date. Pier Park officially opened on February 14, 2008. Among the first stores to open were anchor stores including a Dillard's, J. C. Penney, and Target, all of which are still in operation. Other tenants include Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, Marble Slab Creamery, Old Navy, Nike Factory Outlet, Five Guys Burgers and Fries,Victoria's Secret and Dick's Last Resort, and a movie theater owned by Southern Theatres, The Grand 16, which features IMAX 3D as well as RealD 3D. Forever 21 opened in the former Borders Group, which closed in 2011.
In early 2021 after 12 years in operation the Nike Factory Outlet will be closing the Pier Park location on January 21, 2021
The opening of Pier Park led to many other developments in the area, including a Walmart store, an adjacent strip mall called Pier Park West, and a second shopping center complex called Pier Park North. Pier Park West contains GameStop, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Jimmy John's, and Chipotle. Pier Park North, completed in 2015, is home to Bealls Outlet, Five Below, Dick's Sporting Goods, Ross Dress For Less, The Fresh Market, Petsmart, Cost Plus World Market, Bed Bath & Beyond, Rooms To Go, Chili's, Texas Roadhouse, Wayback Burgers, and Jersey Mike's Subs. A fourth development Pier Park East is in the works to include a extension of the current Pier Park with more retail, a indoor family entertainment center, a hotel and residential units construction has yet to begun.
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