Popular shops, eatery coming to Crestview Commons: Aldi, Chili's, Marshalls, Ulta and more

Tony Judnich
Northwest Florida Daily News

CRESTVIEW — An Aldi grocery store, Chili’s restaurant, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, Ulta Beauty store and a Five Below discount store could open at the Crestview Commons in the spring or early summer of 2023, according to City Manager Tim Bolduc.

The Commons’ owner/developer, Amherst, New York-based Benchmark Crestview Commons LLC, plans to publicly release the anticipated opening dates of the new businesses by the end of this week, Bolduc said Wednesday.

Crestview Commons continues to take shape along State Road 85 about a half-mile north of Interstate 10. Some of the stores coming to the Commons could open as early as spring.

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He said Benchmark is finalizing contracts with other businesses that plan to open at the Commons.

The site for the estimated $14 million Crestview Commons mixed-use development covers about 22 acres at 2680 S. Ferdon Blvd. (State Road 85) northwest of Interstate 10.

Bolduc said while the Hub City has about 27,000 residents, it provides services to about 40,000 people in the greater Crestview area.

“The thing I really like about the lineup (of businesses coming to the Commons), especially for a city of our size, is these are very good anchor tenants you would typically see in a greater density area,” he said. “We’ll have more clothing stores, and I think the Ulta store will be very popular. Aldi’s has been a significant success throughout the Panhandle, and we’ll have another dining option with Chili’s.”

Bolduc added that the Crestview area has “a lot of Dollar Generals, but somewhere between Marshalls and Dollar General is Five Below.”

An Aldi's grocery, Chili’s restaurant, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, Ulta Beauty store and a Five Below discount store could open at  Crestview Commons in the spring or early summer of 2023, according to City Manager Tim Bolduc.

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He anticipates many of the numerous job opportunities offered by the new businesses will be filled by local students and military spouses who will be able to work close to home instead of having to commute to the south part of Okaloosa County.

“That will help decrease traffic,” Bolduc said. Also, “Most of our mom-and-pop stores, which I love, close early. The new stores will stay open later, so that will benefit the student workers.”

Bolduc shared information about the new businesses at last Monday’s Crestview City Council meeting after being asked about them by Councilman Joe Blocker. Bolduc told the council that he had also shared the information at a recent Emerald Coast Association of Realtors meeting.

The Crestview Commons site is bounded by SR 85 to the east, Hospital Drive to the north, Price-Gregory Way to the west and Crosson Street, Mirage Avenue, Fairfield Inn & Suites and Chick-fil-A to the south.

A traffic light and turn lanes at the intersection of Hospital Drive and SR 85 are among several upgrades that could be completed by next summer to various roads adjacent to the Commons.

An extension of Hospital Drive from SR 85 west to Physician Drive will run past the north side of the shopping center.

Physician Drive will connect with the east-west connector portion of the ongoing southwest Crestview bypass project. The overall bypass project, however, might not be completed until late 2024.