New shopping center starting to take shape

DOVER — Rising up in the midst of a 7.7-acre field off Del. 8 in West Dover is a new shopping center that will serve as the new home for Dunkin’ Donuts, which will be moving down the road just a little bit to the east of its current site.

The new center at 1128 Forrest Ave. (Del. 8) in Dover is planning on adding thousands of square feet in retail space and up to 50,000 additional square feet of office space for the project, which began construction in early November.
The project is the most recent in an ongoing retail building boom in the state capital.

Nick Nistazos, both the owner of the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise and the developer of the new shopping center, believes the new location will offer his customers greater ease-of-access and convenience. Its current location at 1230 Forrest Ave. is often cramped, with customers often blocking the right eastbound lane of Del. 8 while the drive-thru moves along or a parking spot opens.

R&R Commercial Realty — the listing agency — is still in the process of locating tenants to occupy the two remaining retail pad sites in the new center.
Mr. Nistazos said FMS Construction expects to complete phase one of construction by April 2020.
The new center comes at a time in Dover where the stock of retail space is growing quickly, said R&R Commercial Realty broker/owner Charles Rodriguez.
“The finishing touches are being put on the nearby Capital Station now — a project which turned the old vacant Playtex plant into around 60,000 square feet of class-A retail space,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “There’s another large shopping center expected to break ground soon just south of (Dover International Speedway) that will add another 30,000 square feet of space.

“The Loockerman Plaza project right downtown will be adding another 12,000 square feet. All that with Mr. Nistazos’s project amounts to a city-wide boom in commercial space that we haven’t seen in recent years. It’s really encouraging for the local economy.”

That’s what Dover City Planner Dave Hugg has been saying all along.
“The state of the economy in Kent County is pretty good,” Mr. Hugg said. “Things are progressing well. Dover is certainly setting an example. Development in the city over the past year has been proceeding briskly, continuing the pace of the previous year.

“Dover has been discovered, and our efforts to be proactive are reflected in growth in business opportunities, new facilities of all kinds, a revitalized downtown, and a leadership role in our region. And all of this is being well managed by a staff of dedicated professionals working together toward our shared goals.”

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