ST. LUCIE WEST
Lowe’s, at the eastern border of St. Lucie
West adjacent to the turnpike, also opened in
early May, directly across the street from The
Thomas J. White Sr. bought the acreage in
1985 from the Peacock cattle ranch, and spent
the next several years planning and applying
for permits under the name of the St. Lucie
West Development Corp. Tom White Jr. said his
father came up with the idea for a major league
baseball stadium as a way to put the subdivision
he named St. Lucie West on the map and
market it to out-of-state buyers.
After extensive negotiations with St. Lucie
County government to work out funding for
the stadium and an exhaustive search for a
major league baseball team, the stadium
opened to cheers in 1988 with the New York
Mets in residence for spring training.
“The New York Mets drew people from the
northeast and gave the area instant name
recognition,” said Scott Wingfield, general
manager of Coldwell Banker Thomas J. White
Lowe’s recently opened in St. Lucie West across the street from Home Depot. The two
stores serve St. Lucie West, PGA Village and the central area of Port St. Lucie.
Town Center at St. Lucie West will open this summer. Among the stores are Beall’s, which opened in early May, Stein Mart, Petco and Staples.