Hardee’s on the Beach Opens Monday

If you’re a fan of their heart-attack inducing Thickburgers or their delicious breakfast items, crave no more and forget about the long drive.  The first Hardee’s (so far as I know) ever is opening on Panama City Beach on Monday.

Grant it, they’re not some quaint mom-and-pop shop, or some individualistic beach novelty, but they are Hardee’s, and we don’t have one.  And now we will!

So, grab your appetite, head over Monday and pick up a Cinnamon ‘n Raisin Biscuit for breakfast, a tasty Mushroom Swiss Thickburger for lunch, but eat some fresh vegetables for dinner.

The new Hardee’s is located just to the east of the Tom Thumb gas station at the same corner as Lowe’s, right on Panama City Beach Parkway (Back Beach Road).  The nearest major intersection is PCB Parkway and R Jackson Blvd (formally Beckrich).

Forever 21, Charming Charlie, and More to Pier Park

Pier Park has recently lost Borders, Guy Harvey’s, and opened up a few other vacancies – however they are soon to be filled!  Pier Park will be home to Dick’s Last Resort, Marshalls, Forever 21, Charming Charlie, and Francesa’s Collection.

Dick’s Last Resort

Moving in where Guy Harvey’s Island Grill was located is Dick’s Last Resort, a restaurant and bar known for an intentionally obnoxious staff.  Dick’s is expected to open sometime this winter.  You can learn more about Dick’s Last Resort and view their menu online.


Marshalls will be located between The Dollar Tree and Red Robin on the North Side of Pier Park.  Marshall’s offers brand name items at reasonable prices, including clothing, accessories, shoes, and household items for the entire family.  Visit Marshall’s online for more information about their products.  It is expected to open November 5.

Forever 21

Forever 21, a womens clothing store, will be opening in Spring 2012 where Border’s was formerly located.  The Panama City Location will be 23,205 sq feet of clothing, shoes, accessories, and intimate apparel.  If you’d like to see what to expect at the Forever 21 in Pier Park, visit their website.

Charming Charlie

A newer accessories business, Charming Charlie, is also coming to Pier Park.  Charming Charlie was founded in Texas and has been expanding to new locations as fast as possible since its birth and instant popularity. Visit Charming Charlie online to see why they are such a popular store.

Francesca’s Collection

A unique store for women’s apparel, accessories, and gifts is Francesca’s.  These stores are also becoming more popular and expanding to many new locations.  You can visit the website to learn more about the products available at Francesca’s Collection.

Where you do plan to visit first or most frequent?

More New Stores Open in Pier Park

Pier Park Welcomes Baja Grille, Carter’s Clothing, Déjà-vu, Journeys, Lids and Shimmering Seas Jewelry and Gifts

Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), the country’s largest owner, developer and manager of high-quality retail real estate, welcomes several specialty shops that have recently opened at Pier Park, the 900,000-square-foot retail and entertainment lifestyle center located on 93 acres that covers land from Front Beach Road (at the City Pier) to the heavily traveled Highway 98 (Back Beach Road).

Pier Park, which boasts eight anchors and nearly 100 retailers currently open, is continuously expanding to offer the Emerald Coast and tourists a more enhanced shopping experience.

Tenants that have debuted in the last two months include the following:

  • Baja Grille
  • Carter’s Clothing
  • Déjà-vu
  • Journeys
  • Lids
  • Shimmering Seas Jewelry and Gifts

Baja Grille’s concept revolves around fresh, contemporary and consistently outstanding Southwestern, Cajun, Caribbean and American cuisines – a unique combination along with outstanding service, fine wines and tempting desserts all served in a stylish, high-energy Tropical design atmosphere. Baja Grille opens today, October 6.

“We are pleased to be part of Simon’s Pier Park,” said K. Soliman, a senior executive and founder of Baja Grille. “The welcoming neighbors and friendly customers always make us feel right at home; everyday welcomes a new face and brings back a familiar one.”

Carter’s Clothing opened its doors on August 27, 2008. Carter’s Clothing offers clothing for children from newborn through size seven including baby sleepwear, play-clothes and accessories. Carter’s offers trusted products that are super comfy, easy care, adorable and don’t break the bank.  Carter’s has around 200 stores in the United States.

Déjà-vu offers the trendiest, quality merchandise with affordable specialty store prices, combined with one-of-a-kind customer service. Déjà-vu opened for shoppers at Pier Park on August 22, 2008.

Stephanie Nichols, owner of Deja-vu, said, “Pier Park has been Fabulous! It has gone above and beyond my expectations.”

Journeys is a destination retailer for footwear and accessories for the teen market. Journeys caters to a diverse, young, hip market in search of footwear that expresses its attitudes and lifestyles. Brands sold at Journeys include: Dr. Martens, Converse, Lugs, Steve Madden, Timberland, Vans, Diesel, Adidas, Candie’s, GBX and more. Journey’s opened at Pier Park on September 22, 2008.

Lids, which opened at Pier Park on September 19, 2008, is the world’s largest retailer specializing in the sale of officially licensed and branded headwear. Every store offers a vast assortment of college, MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams, as well as other specialty fashion categories all in the latest styles and colors.

Shimmering Seas Jewelry and Gifts offers jewelry and gifts, specializing in exotic jewelry creations. Shoppers can find a variety of elegant sterling, gold, pearls, diamonds and much more. Shimmering Seas Jewelry and Gifts opened on August 25, 2008.

“We opened our store in late August during tropical storm Fay, and despite the many hurricane scares that week, we still had many excited customers in and out of the store,” said Laurie Olshefski, owner of Shimmering Seas Jewelry and Gifts and Jake At The Beach (Life is Good Shoppe). “We anticipate great things for the holidays in Pier Park. We have been busy ordering and stocking our stores with wonderful gift items.”

Stores currently open includes the following:

Old Navy
Ron Jon Surf Shop
The Grand 16 Theatres

Specialty Shops
A.M. Cafe Accessories On The Boardwalk
Alltel Wireless
American Eagle Outfitters
Ann Taylor Loft
Aqua Gallery
As Seen On TV & More
Ava Blue Boutique
Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House
Baja Grille
Bath & Body Works
Beach Scene
Bellies & Babies
Blender Clothing, a fusion boutique
Bootleg Barbeque
Buffalo Wild Wings
Camille’s Sidewalk Café
Candy Maker
Carlyle & Co.
Carter’s Clothing
Coldwater Creek
Cost Cutters
Counts Oakes Resort Properties
Déjà vu
Del Sol
Emerald Coast Photography
Fish Tales
Five Guys Famous Hamburgers & Fries
Footprints Coastal Decor
Great American Cookies PretzelMaker
Guglielmo’s Italian Restaurant
Hana Japan
Hofbrau Beer Garden
Hollister Co.
Jake at the Beach (Life is Good)
Jos. A. Bank
Kay Jewelers
Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream
Lane Bryant/Cacique
LongHorn Steakhouse
Marble Slab Creamery
Massage Envy
Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio
Mermaid Trading Co.
Motherhood Maternity
Nails So Happy
New York & Company
No Regrets Stationery and Gifts
Olive Garden
Paint’n Place
Panera Bread
Paradise Found
Payless ShoesSource
Peace Frogs
Popcorn Kingdom
Quizno’s Sub
Rack Room Shoes
Red Brick Pizza
Reggae J’s Island Grill
Regions Bank
Rocky’s South Philly Cheesesteaks
Runway Collection
Shimmering Seas Jewelry and Gifts
Solace Day Spa & Salon
Southern Waters Outfitters
Sunglass World
Sunsights by Solstice
Tatoe Tots
The Eye Gallery
The Walking Company
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Trader Tom’s
Tran Fashion
Ulta Beauty
Unique Boutique by Irene & Co.
Victoria’s Secret
Yankee Candle

About Pier Park
Located in the heart of Panama City Beach, Pier Park is destined to become the region’s premier shopping address.  Developed by Simon Property Group and comprising nearly 900,000 square feet, the open-air regional lifestyle center is anchored by Borders, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Old Navy, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Target and The Grand 16 Theatres. Pier Park is also comprised of fashion and specialty retailers, including exciting new-to-market choices such as Ann Taylor Loft, Caché, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, Hollister Co., Jos. A. Bank, Lane Bryant and Ulta Beauty. In addition, the center embraces many unique dining options such as Hofbrau Beer Garden, Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House, Bootleg Barbeque, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Longhorn Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Reggae J’s Island Grill, Tootsies Orchid Lounge and many more. Shoppers can also enjoy movies at The Grand 16 Theatres, which features stadium seating, digital sound, advance ticketing over the Internet, three concession areas, a specialty café and game room. For more information about Pier Park, please visit http://www.simon.com

About Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest public U.S. real estate company.  Simon is a fully integrated real estate company which operates from five retail real estate platforms: regional malls, Premium Outlet Centers®, The Mills®, community/lifestyle centers and international properties.  It currently owns or has an interest in 383 properties comprising 261 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia.  The Company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide.  Simon Property Group, Inc. is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG.  For further information, visit the Company’s website at http://www.simon.com.

Pier Park Announces New Stores

The list continues to grow as the number of retailers increases at Pier Park on Panama City Beach.  With over 100 retailers currently open, Pier Park continues to WOW locals and visitors alike.

Retailers coming soon include Aqua Gallery, AT&T, Baja Cafe Beach Hut, Crocs Footwear, Famous Footwear, Guy Harvey’s Grill, Nike, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Runway Collection, and Polka Dots Toys & Gifts.

Baja will be next to Panera Bread and is getting close to opening with the other shortly after.

Walk too long? Take the Tram at Pier Park!

A new feature at Pier Park has proudly carried many names such as The Love Shuttle, Party Bus or Red Schlepper. Many requested it and thousands made good use of it throughout the summer. With no particular route, the Pier Park Tram (a formal name to be given early next month) can be seen wandering the various corridors of traffic of the south and north portions of Pier Park.

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New Stores Opened in Pier Park

We’ve been waiting for it, and now it is here. The rest of Pier Park is opened, including Borders, Aeropostale, American Eagle, and more!

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (April 30, 2008)- Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), the country’s largest owner, developer and manager of high quality retail real estate, will celebrate more exciting retailer and restaurant openings from late April through May 1 at Pier Park, located on 93 acres that covers land from Front Beach Road (at the City Pier) to the heavily traveled Highway 98 (Back Beach Road).

New anchors and specialty shops scheduled to premiere include the following:

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