Kruk’s Philly Steaks has two locations heading for Southwest Florida.
The Naples-based chain, which was founded in 2015 by former major league baseball player John Kruk, has restaurants underway at The Landings Shopping Center on U.S. 41 about a mile north of Phillippi Creek and in The Market at University Town Center at the northwest corner of Honore Avenue and University Parkway.
Both shopping centers are owned by Manatee County-based Benderson Development Co.
Kruk’s says it uses classic ingredients found in steak shops throughout the Delaware Valley, such as bread baked and shipped from Philly and the traditional “wiz” cheese. The company now has restaurants in Naples and Fort Myers and has a second Fort Myers and a Tampa restaurant in the works.
Kruk’s is one of six new tenants to commit to The Landings since Benderson purchased the failing strip mall last year. Station 400 opened late last year. Florida-based Teppan-style Japanese chain DaRuMa and locally owned ofKors Donuts and Apollonia Grill are under construction. Experimac, which sells and trades pre-owned Apple products, also has a coming soon sign up at the shopping center.
The plaza is also home to a Publix, JoAnn Fabrics, PetSmart and a few other tenants that were there before the Benderson purchase.
The Market at University Town Center, which is the westernmost property in the sprawling Benderson development at University Parkway and Interstate 75, is anchored by Kohl’s and Fresh Market. The shopping center already has a strong lineup of other retailers and restaurant tenants, including Buffalo Wild Wings, Jason’s Deli, Pure Barre, Half Shell Seafood House and CycleBar.