Chef Todd Erickson takes us on an early tour of Society at Bell Tower Shops.
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There was a shooting late Tuesday night at the Bell Tower Shops, a popular shopping destination in south Fort Myers.
The Bell Tower is located at the corner of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) and Daniels Parkway. The address is 13499 S Cleveland Ave.
It is described as a Mediterranean open-air lifestyle center and sits on 45.6 acres.
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The property was purchased in 1996 by Madison Marquette, a commercial real estate company specializing in development, investment and marketing expertise.
According to its website, Madison Marquette provides leasing and management services to a diverse portfolio of 330 assets in 24 states and manages an investment portfolio valued at over $6 billion. The combined company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a major presence in Houston.
Current retailers include Bed, Bath & Beyond, Chico’s and Scott & Molly’s Boutique, restaurants like Cru and Cantina Laredo, as well as a 20-screen Regal movie theater and The Fresh Market grocery store.
The shopping center is undergoing a renovation. Construction started earlier this year.
In March, Whitney Livingston, a senior vice-president for Madison Marquette, told The News-Press that the renovation’s mission is to create a better experience, which means the right blend of retail, restaurants and entertainment.
“This is the next step in the Bell Tower evolution,” said Livingston, who spoke at a ceremonial groundbreaking in March. “The reason for this project is to create an 18-hour-a-day destination.”
Work is underway and expected to take another seven to eight months, with a grand reopening planned for next month.
Back in March, Pamela Johnson, interim director of Lee County Economic Development, called the Bell Tower Shops a major employer in the county, with the revamp creating an opportunity for job growth.
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