Silver Sands Premium Outlet Retail Development

 northwest florida development news

Howard Group | Northwest Florida Development News

Howard Group has received substantial local, regional and national press coverage in prominent travel, consumer, business and industry media publications.

real estate development news

EXCERPTS/HIGHLIGHTS from Press Coverage :
“For 21 years, the firm [Howard Group] also has donated countless dollars and volunteer hours to the enrichment of the Emerald Coast community, promoting the arts, helping needy children, funding beautification projects and raising funds for a much needed hospital. The commitment is from the top down. Everyone participates – from Howard himself to part-time gelato scoopers at Silver Sands San Gelato Café.”

“Do-Good Developer”
Emerald Coast Magazine
December 2008 – January 2009


“No rain dampened Midnight Madness at Silver Sands Factory Stores but by the time the clock struck 12, a river of commerce had created a high tide of retail sales in the earliest minutes of Black Friday. Its location makes it a natural draw for regional visitors who come to the Emerald Coast.”

“Shoppers Flock to Midnight Madness”
Northwest Florida Daily News
November 2008


“Destin is home to the largest retail outlet center in the nation, Silver Sands Factory Stores. When other chain retailers and designer stores are downsizing, Silver Sands is planning to expand.”

“Sun, Sand, Shopping”
Northwest Florida’s Business Climate Magazine
May 2008


“Silver Sands Factory Stores, the nation’s largest designer outlet center, celebrated its 15th anniversary in September. Silver Sands consistently has been ranked as a top center by the retail industry.”

Regional Corridor Update
Tallahassee Business Journal
January – February 2008


“From here on out, the success of Grand Boulevard will hinge on how well it manages to attract those of us who live here year-round, as well as how it can lure the visitors who come here to get away from life back home and enjoy a fling on the Emerald Coast.”


The Destin Log, Editorial
March 2007


“Many of us are watching Grand Boulevard grow right before our eyes. What an amazing project that brings with it so much value to our economy.”


Walton County Chamber of Commerce
The Business Journal
April 2007


“Grand Boulevard, the most recent development in Sandestin, will surely be a bustling and exciting addition as a Gulf Coast town center. A shop, work, play, and stay development, Grand Boulevard will boast an abundance of options for every vacationer.”

“Beyond the Beach”
Portico Magazine
March 2007


“In Florida, there are a number of new developments, including Grand Boulevard at Sandestin…these developments don’t just mean more condos, they bring with them a new sophistication in dining and entertainment not available only a few short years ago.”

“Gulf Coast renourished and ready for summer”
The Birmingham News
May 2007


“New this spring: Grand Boulevard, designed around a town square and filled with options for dining, lodging, and shopping.”

Southern Living Magazine
May 2007


“Rising auspiciously within the thriving landscape of South Walton County, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin is the new, highly anticipated, shop, work, play and stay destination being built in in the heart of Beaches of South Walton…With significant economic and population growth sustained by Walton county in recent years…the area is primed to support the immensely distinctive mixed-use center.”

Montgomery Living
July 2007


“Twenty years ago, these tenants would not have looked at this market,” says Myra Williams, vice president of Howard Group. “Our biggest goal is to attract restaurants and retailers who are not in this destination. They will be embraced by the community because there are nothing like those retailers around here.”

“Florida Shines On”
Shopping Center Business
August 2007


The first store at the Howard’s Group Grand Boulevard development opened its doors in March. Since then, a dozen more retailers and restaurants have started doing business in the development on the north side of U.S. Highway 98 near Mack Bayou Road. And more are coming…Stone Bouchard and his sister, Sydney, took advantage of the cooling fountain water Monday as they played in the mist. “They love it,” said their mother Erin Bouchard of Melbourne. “It’s great because it’s so hot out here.”

“Business Growing on Grand Boulevard”
Northwest Florida Daily News
August 14, 2007


“This distinctive lifestyle destination offers convenient access to a multitude of exclusive shopping, entertainment, professional services, corporate offices and hotel lodging. More than anything, Grand Boulevard is a place where you can dine in style and comfort, with a variety of dynamic restaurant selections that will impress and satisfy.”

“New World-Class Restaurants to Tempt You”
Destin Magazine
Summer 2007


“Howard believes in the Emerald Coast, and he believes with a concerted effort from public and private entities, the possibilities are endless and the future looks absolutely phenomenal. They [Silver Sands] received national attention for the many designer tenants who were opening up their first outlet stores. Now, as Silver Sands celebrates its 15th anniversary, nationwide, its listed among the top 10 for its sales per square foot. ‘It set the trend for outlet retailing in resort locations,’ Howard said.”

“Silver Sands Factory Stores Celebrates 15 Years of Success”
The Destin Log
March – April 2007


Photos © Steven Brooke Studios