Changes in Store for Las Olas Boulevard
Las Olas Boulevard is in the midst of a retail renaissance.
The Las Olas Co., owner of the Riverside Hotel and a major landlord along downtown Fort Lauderdale’s signature street, says it’s planning to boost Las Olas’ profile by filling a handful of vacancies and a new building with a mix of well-established restaurants and retailers.
Vann Padgett, senior vice president and director of real estate, wouldn’t identify potential tenants. But she said the firm and fellow landlords Steve Hudson and Charlie Ladd have teamed with the Comras Co. to turn the street into a destination shopping and entertainment district that appeals to the increasing number of millennials living and working downtown.
“They need a place where they can go and have a lifestyle,” Padgett said. “We want to bring more of a national face to the boulevard.”
The landlords are searching for big-name national chains, as well as strong local and regional operators, to revitalize the street.