One developer that will keep the LPGA Boulevard corridor a hot growth area is Unicorp National Developments of Orlando.

The company is beginning site work on South Williamson Shops, which wraps around the RaceTrac at the southeast corner of LPGA and Williamson boulevards. It will have a Goodwill store, an ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and a mini-storage place as well as other eateries and shops.

The company also is developing North Williamson Square on the northeast quarter of the intersection, which will have that mystery specialty grocer that will most likely be a Trader Joe’s.

Chuck Whittall’s firm also has some residential plans with the Edison apartments at the southwest corner of LPGA Clyde Morris boulevards and, now, the Ellis apartments on Williamson, just north of LPGA. Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. announced Unicorp bought a 31-acre site for $4.6 million for the Ellis from the venture that acquired the remaining land portfolio from CTO in October.

Unicorp has been one of the leading developers in the Orlando area for years, building some of the largest mixed-use complexes and built thousands of apartment complexes. It has definitely staked a claim in Daytona Beach now, too.

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The business news can’t be all good, but Costa del Mar losing its manufacturing operations in Daytona Beach especially hurts. The premium sunglasses maker has been the model of private-public cooperation growing a company over the years. So, losing much of a home-grown operation like that hurts, especially for the 295 people who will lose some of the better jobs in the area.

Also, we found out Charter Spectrum had laid off 120 people at an equipment repair shop in DeLand in August from a WARN notice that was just filed. I get the feeling the state doesn’t enforce the WARN notices, which require a company to inform the state when they are laying off more than 50 workers. It immediately alerts the state labor agency to put resources in motion to help the laid off workers. Still haven’t seen a WARN notice from Costa del Mar.

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But despite a little bad news, business development continues to roll on. Here are some of the recent items of note. Port Orange Fuel LLC wants to renovate and reopen the c-store/gas station next to Waffle House on Taylor Road. The plan needs a variance approval on a smaller landscape buffer.

A 4,200-square-foot strip center is planned in front of the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Clyde Morris in Port Orange. One of the tenants would by a Dairy Queen Grill & Chill.

The Rossi Family is putting a restaurant in at 114 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach, which most recently was the site of Scuttlebutt's.

Main Street Tattoo & Art Gallery was proposed for former Tombstone Silverworks building at 405 Main St., Daytona Beach.

Demolition has begun on the former Barnes & Noble at 1900 West ISB to make room for a new Wawa.

Another restaurant is trying 2563 S. Atlantic Ave. spot at Bellair Plaza in Daytona. This time a seafood joint.

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A couple of recent commercial real estate deals of note are a Tampa developer buying the NSB Sea Shack property at 491 E. Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach, for $1.35 million. A couple bought the property at 810 E. Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach, where Island Scooter Rentals operates for $402,000.

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On a final note, work is set to begin on interior space of Sunshine Park Plaza, 2400 Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona, for a bowling alley.

Managing Editor Cecil G. Brumley has been tracking business and the economy in Volusia County for more than 22 years. Contact him at cbrumley@hometownnewsmediagroup.co (no hyphens) or follow him on Twitter @cecilbrumley.

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