TRINITY, Fla. — In the near future when you are shopping at Sprouts, or eating at Chipotle, take a minute to remember what was here.
“A lot of what is now Trinity, used to be the Mitchell Ranch at one time,” said Dewey Mitchell.
The Mitchell family came to West Pasco County in 1942. They were cattle ranchers.
Dewey Mitchell grew up here, and lived in a home on the property for 30 years. It was right next to his parent's house.
“We lived here a long time, have wonderful memories. Raised our kids here,” he said.
But now the Mitchell’s home is gone,
It was torn down as part of a development project 16 years in the making.
“It’s progress. That part's good. But it sure has changed the way of life.”
The Mitchell’s sold a chunk of their property at the corner of Little Road and State Road 54.
In a matter of months, The Village at Mitchell ranch will open as a retail center with several stores and restaurants.
Among those restaurants coming to the development are First Watch, Chipotle, Menchie’s, Jersey Mike’s Subs, PDQ, Blaze Pizza, Louis Pappas and Panda Express.
Retail stores include ULTA Beauty, Five Below, Sketchers, Hair Cuttery, Aspen Dental, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Organic Nail Bar, Cyclebar and Mattress One.
Another phase with homes, apartments, a gym and even a movie theater will follow.
“The whole idea is for people to be able to walk to the amenities and for it to be easy to get to for everyone else.”
Mitchell says this development will lead to even bigger things, upping Pasco’s profile and attracting businesses to the area.
“It’s a very viable part of the region of Tampa Bay.”
Studies show about 150,000 cars pass this way ever day.
Now, they’ll have more reason to stop.
The first businesses will start opening here this summer.
Mitchell is currently the owner Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group.
He has an accomplished background. He played football at Alabama for the legendary coach Bear Bryant and was even captain of the US Olympic judo team in 1984.