A growing early education and daycare company for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years will open a franchise in one of two commercial buildings under construction north of Viera Charter School.
The Learning Experience will occupy a 10,000-square-foot building on part of 2½ acres between Breslay Drive and Stadium Parkway, said John Tomlinson, a principal and consultant to Tampa-based commercial real estate developer Pro-Ject International, which is overseeing the project and owns four other buildings with the company as a tenant.
“It’s one of the nicer 0- to 5-year-old learning program schools,” Tomlinson said.
Based in Deerfield Beach, The Learning Experience is America’s fastest-growing daycare franchise with more than 450 centers open or under development. The company was named one of the “Best of the Best” in Franchise Business Review’s 2021 Top 200 Franchises list. The Learning Experience also was ranked among the top franchises in Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500 for 2022, including No. 4 in the Child Services category.
A 5,000 square-foot playground will be part of the Viera franchise, Tomlinson said. The center at 6106 Breslay Drive is expected to be completed in October or November, he said.
Pro-Ject International looked at a number of sites for the new child care center before settling on property north of Viera Charter School, Tomlinson said. “This is one that fit the best,” he said, adding that the Viera franchise is on a larger piece of land than Pro-Ject’s four other properties rented to The Learning Experience so that a second building could be added.
The Learning Experience also is opening another center at 4470 Hollywood Blvd. in West Melbourne. Pro-Ject is not developing the West Melbourne center, Tomlinson said.
Pro-Ject International doesn’t have a tenant yet for the second 10,000-square-foot office building at 6156 Breslay Drive, Tomlinson said. “We’ve gotten a number of people calling us who are interested,” he said. “Because it's next to a charter school and across from (Viera High School) and around the corner from some churches, it should be a fairly good setup for a pediatric office or for some other type of medical use.”