John’s Pass Village poised for a multi-million dollar makeover

Wow. Talk about a morning jolt. ABC Action News reported this morning that John’s Pass Village, the popular collection of dockside shops, restaurants, and water sports, was just bought for $17.2 million by developer Ben Mallah.

The developer says John’s Pass has been in a bit of a slump since the recession. More than a decade later, some much needs improvements are about to be made. Expect a ton of aesthetic changes, including a literal and metaphorical fresh coat of paint to be applied.

Mallah also owns the parking garage, which he plans to improve. If you’ve tried finding a spot during the area’s busiest tourist season, you’ll know how chaotic it can be to get in/out.

The shops that are there will stay there. Mallah hopes to work with current tenants to make sure all renovations/construction can run smoothly, while upgrading the business ecosystem these retailers contribute to.

Planned updates will take about a year to complete, according to ABC Action News.

Are you excited to see John’s Pass get an upgrade? Let us know in the comments!

12901 Gulf Boulevard, Madeira Beach


*Featured image via John’s Pass Village

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