Category Archives: Hotel-Restaurant-Tourism

Seven new hotels make 1,100 more hotel rooms to Downtown

Over the coming years, some 1,109 new hotel rooms will be entering the downtown market. A Residence Inn planned for Brooklyn is going through the city planning process, and the new owners of the Ambassador Hotel have said they will refurbish it into 100 rooms. That seems about to change.

A historic masterpiece in downtown will soon get renovated

The partners of Augustine Development Group provided details of their plans, after they purchased five lots to bring back the historic Ambassador Hotel in Downtown Jacksonville to its “original luster”.

Downtown Skeleton Building To Be New Hotel/Mixed-Use

The mayor’s office said an unnamed developer has bought the half-built skeleton of a tower on downtown’s riverfront and plans to build a hotel, entertainment venue and parking garage on the property. Even though the building is exposed with incomplete concrete and steel structures for more than a decade, developer believes structure is sound and will be developed as per the plan.

Northeast Florida Retailer Update

Rumor has it that Wawa may have found it’s first Northeast Florida location, which would be located at Beach Boulevard and Central Parkway, near the entrance to EastPark Industrial (Flex) park. Plans show a 6,119 SF Wawa on a 2.7 acre site with 16 fuel stations and over 65 parking spaces. The company is searching for additional locations in Duval and St. Johns counties.
Article linked HERE.
Source: Karen Brune Mathis / The Daily Record

Walmart Neighborhood Market:
Walmart Neighborhood Market plans to open a 42,000 SF store in Baymeadows Commons, located at 9550 Baymeadows Road in the former Bailey’s Powerhouse Gym. This would be the 7th Walmart Neighborhood Market in the Northeast Florida area. PICOA, Inc. (Los Angeles based) is the owner of the property.
Article linked HERE.
Source: Karen Brune Mathis / The Daily Record

Bonos BBQ:
One of the partners behind the successful local restaurant chain, Bonos Pit Bar-B-Q, has plans to restore a dilapidated building in Springfield, to house a new Bonos BBQ restaurant within the building, as well as a brew-pub with outdoor seating and room reserved for private events. The building, referred to as the 9th and Main Building, was formerly the home to a theatre, Henrietta’s restaurant, a bar and was most recently used by an automotive center. The property was foreclosed on by the city almost a decade ago, and before moving forward, environmental screening will be required.
Article linked HERE.
Source: Karen Brune Mathis / The Daily Record

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen:
The second national restaurant chain to confirm it wants to locate within the new Strand Shopping Center at the St. Johns Town Center is Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Currently, the Texas based chain operates 165 locations in 29 states, with 15 already in Florida. The other restaurant to confirm interest in the center is Firebirds Wood Fired Grill.
Article linked HERE.
Source: Karen Brune Mathis / The Daily Record

Philippines largest fast-food chain is coming to Jacksonville. Jollibee is planning to open at Kernan Village Shopping Center at the intersection (SW) Atlantic and Kernan Boulevards. The chain will be renovating the former KFC/AW restaurant located on an outparcel to the Walmart and Ross anchored shopping center.
Article linked HERE.
Source: Karen Brune Mathis / The Daily Record

Mayo Clinic Spending $100M on Expansion

Mayo Clinic just announced plans to spend an estimated $100M on improvements to their campus on San Pablo Road in Jacksonville, including the construction of a 4-story building that will house cancer and neurological related care specialists. Additionally, a state of the art proton emission tomography (PET) radiochemistry facility will be constructed on site, allowing them to produce highly advanced radiopharmaceuticals. The new facility is expected to serve 126,000 patients in its first year, and expected to open in the spring of 2018. The new additions will not only improve upon Mayo’s already impeccable clinical practice, but will also play an important role in the research that they do. The improvements will further Mayo’s goal of becoming the destination medical center of the Southeast.

Karen Brune Mathis with the Daily Record covered the story.

Lots of Exciting Restaurant News…

Edgewood Bakers Sold- To Be Converted into French Pantry
Jaguars owner Shad Khan recently sold the Edgewood Bakery in Murray Hill to John Valentino, a successful local restaurateur who owns several local Mellow Mushrooms, Burrito Gallery, Uptown Kitchen and The French Pantry. Valentino plans on converting the Murray Hill bakery into a French Pantry, which currently has only one location on Powers Avenue and enjoys a cult-like following.
Alexa Epitropoulos with the Jacksonville Business Journal covered the story.

Hawkers Expansion Plans
Hawkers Asian Street Fare is expanding into the Neptune Beach market, as well as expanding outside of Jax, opening a store in St. Petersburg. The concept was started in Orlando, then brought to Jax where it has been extremely successful operating in 5 Points.
Alexa Epitropoulos with the Jacksonville Business Journal Covered the story.

Maple Street Biscuit Co. Expanding
Maple Street Biscuit Co., which became famous in recent years for their fried chicken biscuits, announced that they will be trying out a new Latin food concept that will be called B Street Eats. They will be opening the restaurant in St. Augustine, next to the existing Maple Street Biscuit Co. location.
Alexa Epitropoulos with the Jacksonville Business Journal covered the story.

Upscale Mexican Coming to San Marco
Puerta Vallarta will be opening in April in the San Marco neighborhood, in the historic San Marco Train Station, which is behind the Panera Bread Co. along Hendricks Avenue. The restaurant will have 180 seats and take up 3,000 SF.

Alexa Epitropoulos with the Jacksonville Business Journal covered the story.

Red Robin & Aldi Headed to Town Center Promenade

Town Center Promenade, Core Property Capital’s development across from St. Johns Town Center, will feature Northeast Florida’s first Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, as well as Aldi’s second Jacksonville location. Other retailers who will be joining them include Texas de Brazil, Piada Italian Street Food, Newk’s Eatery, Starbucks, Aspen Dental and Mattress Firm. In addition to the retail, Core plans to build 2 hotels and multifamily along the rear portion of the property.

Roger Bull with the Florida Times Union covered the story.

Gatlin and Gate Partner on Durbin Lakes Retail Project

Gatlin Development and Gate Petroleum have announced a strategic partnership to develop Gate’s Durbin Creek property, located in northern St. Johns county, where I-95 and 9B connect.

First Phase:
According to the developer, the first phase will include a total of 600k square feet on 80 acres and will be anchored by 3 big box retailers, accounting for 450k SF (150k SF balance will be small shop retail / restaurants). Without naming the anchor tenants, Mr. Gatlin described them as: “a discount department store, a home improvement store and a membership club”. The initial phase is estimated to cost $125m, with construction set to begin in Q1, 2017 and a 1 year expected construction timeframe.

Entire Project:
The project is designed for 4- 5 year phases. The property is 1,600 acres, of which only about 600 is developable. Eventually it will encompass 2.4m SF of retail/shopping center space, 2.8m SF of office, 350 hotel rooms and 999 multifamily units. The retail component is expected to cost about $500m, spread over the 4 phases. A major highlight of the project, includes the areas first and long awaited Bass Pro Shops, which should occur in the second phase of development.

Karen Brune Mathis with the Jacksonville Business Journal covered the story; which was confirmed by Frank Gatlin at this weeks ICSC conference held at the Hyatt.

New Video- Endless Possibilities: Jacksonville, Florida

The City of Jacksonville just published a video titled “Endless Possibilities: Jacksonville”. Watch the video HERE to learn more about the First Coast/River City.

Town Center Promenade- New Details

The 69 acre site (30 acres developable) at the St. Johns Town Center (across from Publix) that was under contract to Core Property Capital closed at $23.5M, and now has a name- Town Center Promenade. Since closing, the buyer has released some additional information about the proposed development. Highlights include:

  • National Grocer
  • Full-service hamburger restaurant
  • Brazilian steakhouse
  • Two (2) Hotels
  • Apartment complex (on 8.5 acres)
  • Includes 11 outparcels

Derek Gilliam with the Jacksonville Business Journal covered the story.