Southwest Florida center adds six tenants in COVID return

Marketing director Valerie Cope said Mercato’s post-pandemic rebound in Naples, Florida has been accelerated by the signing of six new tenants.

“They’ll all be open by summer this year,” said Cope, who says Madison Marquette’s 315,000-square-foot Main Street-style downtown has seen record traffic in recent months.

Three local and independent restaurants are part of Mercato’s new team. 239 Naples is a cooperative as well as a family restaurant whose members are a group of farmers, breeders, hatcheries, bakeries, fisheries, breweries and wineries. On the menu: Crackling Coconut Gulf, pan-fried Gulf Snapper and vacuum-sealed then pan-fried sirloin from Jimmy P.

Joining 239 Naples will be Juicelation with its 100% organic cold-pressed juices as well as Zza Baby whose specialty pizzas include Pepperoni & Pepperoni, BBQ Chicken & Smoked Gouda, and the Pass the Pesto, Honey Pizza.

The rest of Mercato’s new roster is made up of 4Ever Young with anti-aging cosmetic and wellness solutions; Stanza and its range of women’s resort wear, swimwear; and Palm & Paddle, which specializes in Caribbean-inspired clothing, hats and jewelry.

“We are strengthening the center’s position as a community center where quality and ingenuity are paramount,” Cope said.

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