Make way for more temptations in Viera


Brevard County's Acura dealer will be located adjacent to Lexus of Melbourne on Bromley Drive in Viera.

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Guess what? There is more building going on in Viera, and along with the new structures will be more opportunities to enjoy the good life.

Folks in the market for luxury cars might want to wait to buy until April 2020, when Brevard’s Acura dealer opens its doors adjacent to Lexus of Melbourne on Bromley Drive in Viera.

“The demographics are right,” said Jim Crockett, general manager of the new 20,000-plus square-foot showroom, sales and service center.

“It will be a stand-alone, state-of-the-art showroom that will offer everything from financing to full service,” added Crockett.

Crockett and owner T.R. Page, who also is owner of Lexus of Melbourne, expect to sell approximately 100 cars a month at the new dealership that will employ a staff of 35 to 40. The project broke ground in late October; a mid-April 2020 opening is planned.

Acura, the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Honda, did not have a presence in Brevard. The success of its flagship vehicle, the Legend, spurred fellow Japanese automobile manufacturers Toyota and Nissan to launch their own luxury brands, Lexus and Infiniti.

Crockett believes there is no better time for Brevard to add Acura to its stable of auto showrooms.

“The company is introducing some very exciting models,” he said.

With Lexus of Melbourne as a neighbor, the new Acura dealership will provide plenty of options for customers in the market for an upscale set of wheels.

“We’re going to provide one-stop shopping for the luxury auto market,” Crockett said.

While the new showroom does not yet have an active website, Acura fans can keep tabs on Acura of Melbourne’s Facebook page, where Crockett is posting updates and images.

After purchasing that new car, buyers can celebrate at the new 7,499-square-foot restaurant that Melbourne entrepreneurs Courtney and Nathan Fowler have planned around the Lake Andrew Drive area. As soon as site negotiations are finalized, the couple plan to break ground on Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar, complete with 1,419 square feet of beer garden with a putt-putt, corn hole and other pastimes.

Walk-On’s owes its name to founders Brandon Landry and Jack Warner, who were both walk-ons, the term used for unrecruited and unsigned athletes unwilling to give up on being college athletes on the Louisiana State University basketball team. The duo opened the first Walk-On’s in 2003 in the shadows of LSU’s Tiger Stadium. In addition to Louisiana, the franchise boasts locations in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas.

The Viera Walk-On’s is expected to open in mid-2020.

Do you need insurance for that new vehicle? Well, Arty Pagan will help you from his new full-service State Farm office at 7955 N. Wickham Road. Pagan had been looking for a new building for three years.

“It’s been very difficult to find a building in the area,” he said.

After placing several offers on other buildings, looking at others that required an inordinate amount of TLC and almost buying a lot to build from scratch, Pagan found gold when a job applicant and former PNC employee told him during an interview that the former PNC branch across from Metro Diner and CVS had closed and was for sale. Pagan snapped it up.

The new 3,200-square-foot office, part of Baytree Corporate Park, opens Dec. 2. Pagan is ramping up by hiring additional staff.

“We expect significant growth from this new location,” he said.

To park your new car, and yourself, head to the new Pearl of Viera, a complex of 298 one, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments expected to open in late 2020. Davis Development of Atlanta is orchestrating the project, located at the yet-to-be-built Metfield Drive off Lake Andrew Drive, within walking distance of The Avenue and near the Fairfield Inn.

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