By Steve Paradis / October 16, 2021
Foxtail Coffee Announced as Commercial Tenant at San Leon
After breaking ground in July 2020, the new San Leon Building at the corner of Sanford Avenue and 2nd Street is set to open this week with 10 apartments and an announcement that Foxtail Coffee will open a store on the bottom floor.
“We are excited to partner with Foxtail to develop the dramatic ground floor space at the San Leon,” said building owner Daniel Matthews.
“We look forward to their creative plans for this large blank canvas to create a strong retail anchor that will further enhance Sanford’s historic downtown as a vibrant, walkable community.”
Representatives of Foxtail Coffee could not be reached, but Matthews said the new store would occupy the 2,500 square feet of space on the first floor of the building.
Matthews said he expects Foxtail to make a separate announcement at some point.
“While the precise terms fo the lease cannot be disclosed,” he said, “the lease [with Foxtail] is a long-term lease.”
The construction of the building on the site of the old San Leon Hotel was approved by the Sanford City Commission along with tax incentives to help the owners make the project work financially.
The San Leon Sanford LLC is owned by Matthews, who said the apartments are now available for showings.
“We’ve had strong interest,” Matthews said, referring to the apartments. Leases are expected to be signed once the Certificate of Occupancy is in place.
“Rent ranges from $1,695 to $1,995 depending on the apartment’s size and location,” Matthew said.
Matthews plans to host a San Leon Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this Tuesday at 9 a.m. The apartments address is 201 Sanford Ave.
Several outlets have announced the plans for Foxtail to open in the new San Leon Building, including Historic Downtown Sanford.
Foxtail has more than two dozen locations in Central Florida. People responding on social media were excited that a local company would be opening a store in Sanford.
“Oh I am very excited,” wrote Sheila DiPace in response to the Historic Downtown Sanford post. “I love having plenty of options for my daily Joe. Most bustling historic towns have many coffee options, and this will be a welcomed addition here.”
Others were not excited about having a chain, such as Dustyn Riveiro, who also responded on Facebook.
“One of the main reasons I moved here was the mom and pop feel of Sanford so hopefully this isn’t a trend,” Riviero wrote. He also exclaimed that he loves Foxtail Coffee.