CocoWalk Served With $98 Million Foreclosure Suit
CocoWalk was bought by PMAT Real Estate Investments, a New Orleans-based firm, in 2006. But according to the South Florida Business Journal, the aggressive mortgage PMAT secured has caused the firm to charge high rent for tenants. While many of the stores on the main floor, including Gap, a surf shop, and a wine shop do decent business, tenants on the second and third floors come and go, with many struggling to attract customers.
Adding to the problems was the closure of the AMC movie theater in September. Though there are plans to reopen it as a high-end Muvico theater in April, the vacancy has hurt.
A hard-to-find location, expensive parking, a 3 a.m. bar closing time, and competition from nearby centers such as Sunset Place and the Village at Merrick Park might also be keeping people away from the Grove and its CocoWalk crown jewel.
With many storefronts in the nearby Mayfair shops already sitting vacant, CocoWalk's foreclosure suit underscores serious problems in the Grove.