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Another Industrial Portfolio Trades; this one at $59/SF

For the third time recently, an industrial portfolio has traded in JAX.  The latest was Cabot Properties’ exit of the market with the sale to NY-based DRA Advisors of about 924k SF of warehouse-distribution space in five buildings around town, four up at Alta Lakes and one at Flagler Center, plus some 16 acres at Alta Lakes.

Earlier in January, MDH Partners of Atlanta paid $54.6M, or $42/SF for seven buildings and 1.3MSF of warehouse space around Imeson Park on the north side of town and Boston-based STAG Partners paid $34.3M of about $34/SF for seven area buildings.

Karen Brune Mathis of The JAX Daily Record has the article on all three here.

Regency Centers to Acquire Equity One

Jacksonville based Regency Centers Corp. just announced a deal to acquire another major shopping center owner, Equity One, Inc. Regency currently owns 307 properties across the country, and the acquisition/merger with Equity One (122 properties) will result in a combined company with 429 properties across the US, with a total market value of $15.6 Billion.  The deal is expected to take place in the first to second quarter of 2017. The company will retain the Regency Centers name and the headquarters will remain in Jacksonville. The merger will be done through an exchange of stock.

Mark Basch with the Daily Record covered the story.

IKEA Development Details Released

IKEA plans to invest nearly $36M into the planned Jacksonville location. According to a recent article, the opening is expected to be in the fall of 2017 and the store plans on hiring 250 people to staff the location. The permits show a store size of 294,203 SF with 950 parking spaces and an expected development cost of $22.7M. IKEA paid $13M for the 25 acres back in May.

Karen Brune Mathis with the Daily Record covered the story.

Land bought at Town Center for 305 unit apartment development

Stanmore Partners reportedly paid $7M to Preferred Growth Properties for about 6 acres of land near the St. Johns Town Center to construct a 306-unit apartment building. The apartments are being referred to as “Ravella at Town Center” and will include 6 buildings and a 7-level parking garage. The total cost of the development was reported at $32M.

Karen Brune Mathis with the Daily Record covered the story.

Best Buy to relocate Town Center area store

Best Buy is going to be relocating their existing store at The Markets at Town Center to the proposed new development across the street, known as The Strand, and expanding by 4,800 SF along the way. The Strand is being developed by Preferred Growth Properties, LLC, a subsidiary of Books A Million, Inc.

Karen Brune Mathis with the Daily Record covered the story.

Project Vero- Another Amazon DC?

An unnamed company is seeking incentives totaling some $8.3M from the state and city for the proposed construction of a 1 million square foot distribution center that could be built at city owned Cecil Commerce Center in Jacksonville’s Westside submarket.

The project sounds very similar to the Amazon distribution center that was announced earlier this year, which was being referred to as Project Rex when they were at this stage of the process. There is a strong possibility that the company behind Project Vero could be Amazon, who has built more than one distribution center in the same market before. In fact, it is somewhat common for Amazon to build one distribution center to pick, pack and ship smaller items, and another to process larger items, such as furniture, sporting equipment, TV’s and other larger consumer products.

The Cecil Commerce location would be about 23 miles south of the location that was already announced, which is at 12900 Pecan Park Road, right off I-295 and just south of the Airport.

Karen Brune Mathis with the Daily Record covered the story.

JaxPort Gets 3 New Cranes

JaxPort’s Blount Island facility just received 3 new container cranes last Friday, after a 2.5 month long trip, traveling 17,000 miles from China. The cranes will allow the port to service wider vessels that are becoming more prevalent since the opening of the newly expanded Panama Canal. As explained in the article, the existing cranes can reach across 16 containers, while the new cranes can reach across 22.

From the Daily Record.

Another 1M SF Distribution Center in the Works

A 1M SF distribution center appears to be in the works at Cecil Commerce Center on Jacksonville’s Westside. Similar to the Amazon distribution center that was recently announced, at this point the company has not being identified. What we do know is that the proposed facility would serve as a packaging distribution center for a national company and would employ about 1,000 people. Some people are hypothesizing that the building could be an additional Amazon facility…. We will have to wait and see.

Karen Brune Mathis with the Daily Record covers the story.

EverBank Buyout Confirmed

EverBank Financial Corp. announced on Monday (8/8) that the Jacksonville HQ’d bank would be bought by TIAA for $2.5B, or $19.50 per share. For several weeks there has been much talk and speculation surrounding the potential sale. TIAA, a financial services firm that was formed in 1918 by the Carnegie Foundation, also has a banking arm, which will soon be combined with EverBank. The company has stated that Jacksonville will serve as the headquarters for the combined bank, however further details regarding the new operations are unknown, including the new name of the combined entities. Additionally, many locals wonder if the Jaguars stadium will remain EverBank Field, or if it will be re-branded.

Mark Basch with the Daily Record covered the story.

Jax Apple Store Getting Bigger and Better

The Apple store located within the St. Johns Town Center is relocating to a larger space just down the street, and will be updated with the “next generation” Apple store design. The new store will be located in the higher end section of the outdoor mall, near restaurants J. Alexander’s, Capital Grill and Cantina Laredo, next door to the new Tesla showroom and across the street from Mayors, Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton stores. The new location, which will be double the size of their existing store, will also be much closer to parking, making a trip to the store much more convenient for shoppers. The “next generation” store design proves that Apple thinks highly of the Jacksonville market and that its a strong performing store for them. As of May, there were only 4 locations open with this new store design, including San Francisco, Memphis, Guilderland (NY) and Brussels, and one planned in Oklahoma City.

Karen Brune Mathis with the Daily Record covered the story.