MIAMI—Developers just broke ground on a new Walgreens store in Miami Beach. Gadinsky Real Estate and Echion USA are building the store on the northwest corner of 14th Street and Collins Avenue in the heart of Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco District.
Scheduled to open this summer, the new 10,000-square-foot store becomes the third new Walgreens to open in Miami Beach in recent months. The other two stores, also developed by Gadinsky and Echion, are located at 2000 Normandy Drive and 1011 Alton Road. The three stores span 33,000 square feet in total.
“Walgreens has always fared well in beachfront communities and Miami Beach is an exceptional example of that,” Seth Gadinsky, owner of Gadinsky, tells GlobeSt.com. “Walgreens stores at 5th Street and Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road and Collins Avenue perform remarkably well but there was still a segment of South Beach that they were not servicing.”
Like the other two recently opened Walgreens, the new store will reflect a modern twist on the historic architectural style of the neighborhood and the period in which the surrounding buildings were developed. When the architectural team for the projects, Frank Demandt of Demandt Architecture, P.A., and Robert Brown, discovered that the neighborhoods in which the stores were being planned were all developed in different decades, each with distinctive architectural traits, they developed a “Progressive Moderne” style to complement and respond to the buildings of architectural note in the individual neighborhoods.
The new South Beach Walgreens store will pay homage to the work of architects Murray Dixon and Henry Hohauser. Their nearby landmark buildings include Dixon’s Beach Plaza Hotel and Hohauser’s Commodore Hotel, which were built in 1936 in the hey day of Art Deco design. It will also incorporate popular Art Deco elements such as the porthole, which gives the effect of concealing while simultaneously inviting customers to come and take a look. Art Deco styled lettering is also being planned for the Walgreens store sign and logo.
“The fact that the store at 1400 Collins Avenue sits in the heart of the historic Art Deco district posed a number of challenges, but Walgreens was undaunted and proved to be very adept at harmonizing with the community and the design requirements,” Gadinsky says. “Walgreens’ previous two Miami Beach stores, which were both opened last year, received tremendous public support for the extensive efforts made to create world class architecture and a first class store.”