"There's not a fixed date yet, but we're thinking of opening the end of November and having our grand opening sometime after that," said Costa Vida Managing Director Nathan Gardner. "The building will be just over 3,000 square feet in Colonial Square."
Blaine Smith, owner of Gem Smith (which is also in Colonial Square) said that planning for the new building and Costa Vida to come in started a year ago, but that construction started getting heavy within the past couple of months. He said he was glad something will be taking up the empty spot at the corner of 500 West and 2600 South.
"I'm glad there will be something brand new and nice going in, and it will be good to get the vacant spots out," Smith said. "It will be also nice to have a Costa Vida in there, and I've noticed there's getting to be quite a few of them around Utah."
In addition to constructing the new building for Costa Vida, Smith said there are also plans to remodel and update the entire Colonial Square shopping center.
"They're going to respiff and revamp everything with new parking lots and an overall new look on the outsides of the businesses," he said. "Because the stores are all individually owned, whatever is done on the inside of the stores has to be up to the owners. However, there will be new landscaping and entrances and signage for the businesses."
Having been in its Bountiful location for around 30 years now, Smith said Colonial Square was truly ahead of its time when it was first built.
"Back in the 70s there were not many shopping centers like this, especially ones that were mixed-use hometown shopping centers," Smith said. "We have dental, retail, restaurants and professional businesses all in one center, and you didn't see much of that back then.
"Almost every one of the businesses is independently owned, and almost all of the people running them are from Bountiful or Davis County, which really gives it that hometown feel."