The Shops at St. Pete
|Address||153 2nd Avenue North|
|Town or city||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|Inaugurated||November 17, 2000|
|Floor area||73,000 sq ft (6,800 m2) + 80,000 sq ft (7,400 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Main contractor||Ciminelli Real Estate Services of Florida|
|Number of stores||27|
|Parking||7-Story Parking Garage|
The Shops at St. Pete, formerly BayWalk, is a shopping, dining and entertainment establishment located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. The complex, which opened in the fall of 2000, includes 73,000 square feet (6,800 m2) of retail space plus an 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2) movie theater owned by Muvico Theaters. The two-story, open-air shopping center is a mix of Florida contemporary and traditional Mediterranean architectural styles with stucco-faced buildings and wrought iron touches. Upon its opening, BayWalk offered well-known franchise and locally owned shops, restaurants, and nightclubs as well as a number of service-oriented businesses, that provided an eclectic visiting experience. However, numerous economic and political problems, coupled with high-profile incidents of crime committed by local teens at the location, have resulted in vacancy rates that now top 90%.
Bill Edwards bought BayWalk for $5.2 million in September 2011, and announced plans to revitalize the complex. "One store and the Muvico box office are being torn down, but the rest of BayWalk will remain. It will be resurfaced and have a cleaner look."
Edwards announced the new name, The Shops at St Pete, on August 12, 2012.
- Channelside, shopping and entertainment complex similar to Baywalk. Located across the bay in Downtown Tampa.
- International Plaza and Bay Street, mall and nightlife district in the Westshore district of Tampa.
- "Sale of BayWalk to developer Bill Edwards goes through" Tampa Bay Times, September 22, 2011.
- "Plenty of debris and plans afoot at BayWalk, but no Emeril Lagasse" Tampa Bay Times, May 9, 2012
- "BayWalk's new name: Shops at St. Pete" Tampa Bay Times, August 13, 2012.