This rendering shows the proposed retail space at the former Guadalupe Resale & Consignment Shop at 8100 Trail Blvd., next to Tide Dry Cleaners in North Naples. (Photo: MHK Architecture and Planning)

By Tim Aten, Naples Daily News

Q: What is replacing the newly demolished Guadalupe shop next to Tide cleaners in North Naples (near LongHorn)? Thanks.

— Michele Barrett Ramming, North Naples

A: The former Guadalupe Resale & Consignment Shop at 8100 Trail Blvd. is being redeveloped on spec as retail space.

“We’re really focusing on anything in the financial industry. It’s kind of a financial industry segment of road there,” said Robert Carroll, a leasing and sales agent for Investment Properties Corp. of Naples. “We are looking at all of the typical retail type users. We’re pretty open. We are talking to a number of users who have a good deal of interest. We think it will be appealing to a larger swath of users.”

The proposed more than 6,000-square-foot building could be divided into multiple units, but limited parking probably will not allow use for businesses such as a sit-down restaurant, Carroll said.

All but a couple of exterior walls of the former building have already been razed. Waltbillig & Hood General Contractor is overseeing construction of the new building off the east side of U.S. 41 just south of Vanderbilt Beach Road.

“We are going to reuse a couple of the walls that are there. They are in the process of removing the vast majority of the building right now. We expect the construction to be completed right after the first of the year,” said Duke Kassolis, a principal of the project’s developer, SK Holdings Real Estate.

“We just decided to buy it, build it and lease it out,” he said.

Kassolis also co-owns Consolidated Cleaners, the local franchisee of Tide Dry Cleaners, which has a location immediately south of the proposed building. The project combines the parking lots for the new business, Tide and the Air Bar beauty shop next door to create a property slightly more than an acre next to LongHorn Steakhouse.

The site plan by MHK Architecture and Planning shows a 6,765-square-foot proposed retail store abutting Tide. The business lots can be accessed from Trail Boulevard in the front and Pelican Ridge Boulevard to the rear.

Before the Guadalupe resale shop, the space being renovated had been Designer’s Mart. That was when Naples Cheesecake Co. and the Tropical Reef restaurant were next door before the vacant space was redeveloped for Tide and Air Bar.

The storefront was built in 1978, but the original 2,116-square-foot store was expanded in 1988 with additions on each side totaling 1,566 square feet and a 3,150-square-foot warehouse built behind the store, Collier County property records show. Guadalupe relocated there in 2009 from its previous location in downtown Naples.

After eight years on Trail Boulevard, the resale shop had to be out by the end of December to make way for the redevelopment project, store manager Kat McNabb said.

“It just came time; we just had to move on,” McNabb said.

The relocated Guadalupe Resale Shop opened in early January at 12980 U.S. 41 N., Unit 10, which is in the same retail strip as Surroundings furniture store at Imperial Golf Course Boulevard, about 3 miles north of the previous resale shop.

While Guadalupe’s new store space in North Naples is smaller, it’s nicer, brighter and has more parking, McNabb said.

“Traffic is good, so it’s been a good move,” she said.

The donation and sale of used items at the local shop help support the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee and its programs for underprivileged children.