Monthly Archives: July 2014

Top Chef Winner Planning New Restaurant in Riverside

Kevin Sbraga, winner of the seventh season of “Top Chef” on Bravo channel, plans to open a restaurant at 220 Riverside, the “game changer” of a mixed-use development on the western edge of the urban core that will include residential, retail, restaurants and parking.  Roger Bull of The Florida Times-Union has the story and talk of more restaurants and JAX as a foodie town…

Family Dollar Closing Northwest JAX Store

With 50 stores in the JAX region, and one more under construction, Family Dollar announced it is closing its store at 7310 New Kings Road in Northwest JAX in a cost-cutting move, by the end of August.  Its one of 30 closing in Florida and 370 nationwide.  The decision was made prior to the DollarTree purchase of Family Dollar.  Roger Bull of The Florida Times-Union has the story.

Kings Avenue’s Future

Roger Bull of The Florida Times-Union offers great insights into the “last frontier of San Marco”, Kings Avenue, an urban area on the Southbank.

Wal-Mart SuperCenter Approved For Collins Road/I-295

Wal-Mart confirmed it will build a 195k SF SuperCenter at the northwest quadrant of Collins Road/I-295 in Orange Park area of southwest suburban JAX.  Roger Bull of The Florida Times-Union has the story in his Sunday Notebook.

St. Johns County Still Seeking More Manufacturing Jobs

Stuart Korfhage of The Florida Times-Union offers insights into St. Johns County’s efforts to bring more manufacturing jobs to its economic base.

Downtown’s Bostwick Building Purchased; May Be Upscale Steakhouse

A local businessman with restaurant experience has purchased the historic Bostwick Building downtown, with plans to possibly turn it into a steak house.  David Bauerlein of The Florida Times-Union has the announcement.

Kraft/Maxwell House To Expand Downtown Plant

After the JAX city council approved a $425k tax incentive, Kraft Foods, which owns Maxwell House, agreed to proceeding with its $16M capital investment to add additional coffee production and packaging lines to the Bay Street facility – with some of the best riverfront views in the city.  Drew Dixon of The Florida Times-Union has the article.

Regions Bank Acquires Existing Downtown Location for $142/SF – CoStar Group

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Regions Bank Acquires Current Location – CoStar Group.

From CoStar:
Regions Bank acquired 51 West Bay St. in Jacksonville, FL from Laney & Duke Terminal Warehouse Co. for $1.539 million, or about $142 per square foot.

The two-story, 10,280-square-foot historic retail building was built in 1909 and is located in the Northbank neighborhood of downtown Jacksonville.

Regions Bank was a tenant in the building and exercised the option to purchase. The tenant had been occupying the space since 2009 and, due to the long tenancy, was able to make a deal with the seller.

RaceTrac Plan C-Store/Gas Station in SW JAX

RaceTrac Petroleum, the Atlanta-based gas retailer, has paid $1.2M for a 5.5-acre site at the corner of Harlow Blvd. and 103rd Street in SW JAX.  Roger Bull of The Florida Times-Union mentions the sale in his Sunday Notebook.

New Starbucks Coming To San Jose Blvd/Mandarin Road Area

Roger Bull of The Florida Times-Union reports a building permit was pulled for a new Starbucks at 11441 San Jose Blvd in Mandarin.