Westgate Resorts celebrated the groundbreaking, Dec. 15, 2014, of its $11 million mixed-use retail development at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa in the heart of the Orlando Tourism Corridor. The retail center – Westgate Lakes Retail Village – will be home to an award-winning steakhouse, state-of-the-art meeting and event space, sports bar, retail shops and parking garage.
The groundbreaking drew travel industry leaders, government officials and Westgate Resort executives. Joining the company’s founder and chief executive, David Siegel, were: George Aguel, president and chief executive, Visit Orlando, the destination’s official tourism association; Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs; and Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd.
“We’re excited about bringing high-quality entertainment, dining and meeting options to our Westgate guests and Central Florida visitors,” Siegel said. “This is a great day for Westgate Resorts. We’re creating jobs and adding rich amenities that will make our owners very happy and encourage more people to buy timeshares. Our beautiful new retail village is good for owners, good for the local economy and good for the industry.
“Westgate is on a roll,” Siegel continued. “The stock market is doing well, people are feeling confident, and they’re purchasing timeshares. This has been a great year for us, and 2015 is looking even more promising.”
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“Orlando is the most visited destination in America and the timeshare capital of the world,” commented George Aguel. “Shopping, dining and entertainment are blossoming here. We couldn’t be more
excited about Westgate Lakes Retail Village. Venues like this give travelers a lot more good reasons to vacation in Orlando and encourage visitors to stay longer and keep coming back.”
Set in Orlando’s thriving tourism hub, Westgate Lakes Retail Village will be located Westgate Resorts Celebrates Groundbreaking Of $11 Million Retail Center Westgate Lakes Retail Village boasts award-winning steakhouse, 32,000 square feet of flexible meeting space Perspective Magazine January/February 2015 33 on Turkey Lake Road, close to the Orange County Convention Center, downtown Orlando, and world-class theme parks and attractions. The complex will house Westgate Resort’s new fine dining concept, Edge Steakhouse; Drafts Sports Bar & Grill; shops; 32,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space; a full-service marketplace grocery store; game room; bowling alley; and parking garage with 450-plus spaces. The parking garage will be available for use as early as May 2015, and Edge Steakhouse and Drafts Sports Bar & Grill are slated to open December 2015.
This will be the first Edge Steakhouse in Florida and the second nationwide. The original Edge, at Westgate Park City Resort & Spa, Utah, has earned numerous accolades, including awards from TripAdvisor, OpenTable, Best of State for Utah Dining, Wine Spectator and the Park City Record newspaper. The unique dining concept takes traditional American steakhouse cuisine to a new level of sophistication with delicious twists. Think American Kobe beef sashimi and lobster and black truffle risotto. Innovative dishes are complemented by a wine selection of more than 1,000 bottles from six continents.
For more casual fare, Drafts Sports Bar & Grill features handcrafted burgers and gourmet pub food along with an extensive beer and wine list. The restaurant will complement the resort’s on-site, award-winning Westgate Smokehouse Grill.
Westgate Lakes Retail Village’s 32,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space will triple the amount of space available for groups at Westgate Lakes. For corporate and association gatherings, weddings and private parties, the contemporary space is located on the top floor of the parking garage will offer unparalleled views of the surrounding lakes and theme parks.
Also taking part in the groundbreaking were Westgate Resort executives: chief operating officer Mark Waltrip; executive vice president, Sales and Marketing, Jim Gissy; senior vice president, Sales, Barry Siegel; regional vice
president, Sales, Steve Siegel; vice president, In-house Sales, Bobby Fusik; vice president, Retail, Dining & Spa, Mark Mrozinski; and general manager, Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa, Tom Sparks.
Westgate Lakes Retail Village could not ask for a better location, in the heart of Orlando’s thriving tourism hub.
Welcoming over 59 million visitors annually, Orlando is the No. 1 destination in the United States. The city continues to draw fans with exciting new attractions. Opening in 2015 not far from Westgate, the Orlando Eye will be a giant observation wheel on International Drive, providing spectacular views of firework displays from nearby theme parks and the downtown Orlando skyline. Also slated to open this year is a 19,500-seat Major League Soccer stadium, Orlando City Soccer. These new additions join other major venues that recently made their Orlando debut, including the $429 million Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, a state-ofthe- art venue for musicals, drama, ballets, concerts and more. Recent theme park additions, like the sensational Diagon Alley in Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, continue to draw scores of theme park fans. Another new favorite, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, is a rocking familyfriendly coaster in the New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort. Families also line up for meetand- greets with beloved characters from Disney’s blockbuster feature film Frozen.
Westgate Lakes Retail Village is set to be the right destination at the right time in the right place. For more
information on Westgate Resorts, visit www.westgateresorts.com.