NAPLES, Fla - Store fronts are filling up at a Naples shopping plaza once sent into foreclosure.
The Galleria Shoppes of Vanderbilt welcomed their newest tenant with a ribbon cutting Thursday. Dozens gathered to welcome Roosters, a men's hair salon. Earlier this week Title Boxing opened.
Long time tenants say the new companies are only helping their business grow. "The more people, the better for us and that's headed in the right direction with new tenants, but i think the landlord is very committed to the center and the surrounding area," says Jim O'Keefe, general manager at Naples Family Fitness.
New owners took over the 225,000 square foot plaza in March of 2011 and are now well over 50 percent occupied.
Alfredo Bajraktarevic, owner of Cafe Alfredo says, "in a year, year and a half I guarantee this plaza is going to be booming. There won't be any space to rent because this is the center of Naples and the heart of Naples. I think we're going to do very well."
Other stores to recently open include Refresh, The Perfect Match, Pacifica Interior, Photography City, Eco Baby, Designer Divas and Marco Island Cable.
The plaza is at the corner of Airport Pulling Road N. and Vanderbilt Beach Road. The managers say three more businesses are expected to sign leases soon.