SoDo First Impressions

If you’ve been reading for awhile, chances are you’ve read akeorlando’s previous posts about SoDo, the area just south of downtown Orlando (hence the name).

This past Friday was the first day of their Grand Opening, so I had to go check it out.  Granted, I apparently missed the key hours of their “grand opening” arriving around 7 p.m., but the plaza was largely a ghost town.

Also, I could only visit Target, because from what I could tell, no other shops were open yet. TJMaxx was scheduled to open Sunday.

SoDo developers get big props for a beautifully developed Target. The parking garage is easy to enter and exit, and oversize elevators and escalators allow more than one cart-shopper per ride (something the new Publix could take a lesson from).

As for Target, had they spent the same amount of time on staff training as they did on store aesthetics, it would’ve been a flawless experience.

The store was beautiful, clean and everything you would expect from a brand-new store. The employees … well, let’s just say they could use a few more weeks of training.

See for yourself:
SoDo
S. Orange Avenue & Grant Street
Orlando, FL 32806

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2 comments

  1. Judging from the list of stores scheduled to open, the place will continue to be a ghost town. I hope these tenants signed 6-months leases (so they’ll be gone soon) and the developers hire a “community designer” (a title I made up… Just someone to pick and choose the businesses, but someone who is not a lame realtor) to get businesses in there that can (a) hold peoples’ interest and (b) create some semblance of a neighborhood. It’s kind of lame that in 2008, the word “community,” and the community itself, do not play bigger roles in choices like this. My two cents.

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