Shopping Centers Can Be a Place for ‘Celebration’

Ralph Conti, principal and managing member of Atlanta, Georgia-based RaCo Real Estate, and Svein Dyrkolbotn, a principal of Gainesville, Florida-based Viking Companies, are co-developing Celebration Pointe, a 1 million-plus-square-foot, mixed-use development in Gainesville, Florida.

The unique 160-acre project will feature Class A office space, boutique hotels, several types of residential offerings and many first-to-market retail, restaurant and entertainment offerings. Bass Pro Shops, a first to market state-of-the-art Regal Cinemas RPX Theater, a new concept Tommy Hilfiger, Kilwins and a Nike Factory store recently opened, with many more tenants under construction and set to open throughout 2018 and beyond.

Within striking distance of one of the largest student body populations in the U.S. and a major Southeast U.S. medical campus, Conti and Dyrkolbotn wanted to create a place that combines unmatched shopping, dining, entertainment, Class A office space, luxury residential and a highly engaging public space. Messrs. Conti and Dyrkolbotn believe the time is right to unveil a project like Celebration Pointe, which will not only serve the Gainesville area but all of the north central Florida region, an area sorely lacking such a destination.

Click the video above to hear more about their plans for Celebration Pointe.


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