New Business Plans Taking Shape at the Beach

We've been watching many condos and houses go up along Panama City Beach for months. Now, it appears we'll soon have more large businesses to go with those new homes.

Crews have been clearing land at the Pier Park development for a couple of weeks. Beach officials say they're making way for future stores, and it appears one of those new retails businesses could be a Target store.

Workers are also clearing the land just to the west of the recently built Home Depot on Back Beach Road. We've learned that will become a strip center for three new retail stores.

And a new Lowe's Home Center is in the works for the land adjacent to the Tom Thumb store near Back Beach and Alf Coleman Road, AKA Miracle Strip Cutoff.

None of the developers, including the Simon Group, which is handling the Pier Park deal, or Panama City Beach city officials will confirm any of these stories.

Beach Mayor Lee Sullivan told NewsChannel Seven it’s just part of business to keep you plans close to the vest.

"There's not a lot of mystery. It's just business, and nobody wants to be inappropriate about saying they’ll be someplace until everybody's put their John Henry on whatever line they're supposed to."

All of the projects, no matter which business they may be, should be completed by 2007 at the very latest.