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The Publix at Cobblestone Crossing was demolished and is being rebuilt for a fall opening.

Publix renovations near $10M

By Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

Publix Super Markets Inc. continues its pursuit of renovating its Duval County grocery stores. The latest under review for remodeling is in Bartram Park at 13820 Old St. Augustine Road.

McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors is the contractor for the proposed $575,000 construction project of the 44,840-square-foot store.

The store is among at least 11 stores that Publix is renovating or rebuilding in Jacksonville. Constructions costs for those projects total $9.4 million.

Publix.com shows almost 30 Publix stores in Duval County.

The latest projects include Publix renovations at:

• 731 Duval Station Road, $550,000.

• 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd., No 45, 50,944 square feet, $575,000.

• 9518 Argyle Forest Blvd., 48,847 square feet, $673,135;

• 9964 Old Baymeadows Road, 46,778 square feet, $350,000; facade work at $495,000.

• 7749 Normandy Blvd., 45,170 square feet, plus a pharmacy remodel, totaling $710,000.

• 4320 Deerwood Lake Parkway, 43,840 square feet, $780,830.

• 4495 Roosevelt Blvd., 50,944 square feet, $325,000.

• 9100 Merrill Road, 50,327 square feet, $517,838.

• 12620 Beach Blvd., 51,420 square feet, $400,000.

• 2771 Monument Road, demolition of the existing store and construction of a 53,865-square-foot store, $3.4 million.

Lakeland-based Publix, ranked by Consumer Reports as the No. 3 supermarket chain in the country in consumer satisfaction, faces increasing competition in the Duval County and Northeast Florida markets.

Northeast Florida grocery newcomers include Earth Fare, which opened last week in East Arlington, and GFS Marketplace and Patel Brothers, which plan to open their first Jacksonville stores in Southside.

Trader Joe’s will open in Jacksonville Beach and is speculated to be looking at more areas for additional stores.

Earth Fare, whose first store is at Kernan and Atlantic boulevards, considers Jacksonville a three- to four-store market.

Aldi is opening in St. Augustine and plans a Middleburg store. Freshfields Farm opened in South Jacksonville.

Those new players join the expanding Rowe’s IGA Supermarkets chain; The Fresh Market growth; Walmart Supercenters and Walmart Neighborhood Markets; as well as the established Winn-Dixie, Native Sun, Whole Foods, Save-A-Lot and SuperTarget stores, among others.

Fresh Market will open its newest store in Riverside and another Walmart Neighborhood Market is planned at Hodges Boulevard and San Pablo Road.

Walmart Supercenter wants to open a new store in Southwest Jacksonville.

Another Broken Egg to open in Tapestry Park

Another Broken Egg Café was approved for build-out at 4828 Deer Lake Drive W., No. 9. TWT Restaurant Design Construction & Development will renovate the 2,642-square-foot restaurant at a project cost of $356,833.

The Miramar Beach-based breakfast-lunch chain offers sit-down casual dining and serves breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Franchise owner Jake Alleman said in June it will have 154 seats. He said three more sites are in review.

The Jacksonville hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The menu includes omelettes, pancakes, egg specialties, salads, burgers, sandwiches, side items and drinks including mimosas, margaritas, mojitos and others.

Another Broken Egg operates in 13 states. Florida has 11 locations open and 17 listed as coming soon.

No other Jacksonville area locations were listed.

It looks for areas that can support at least three of its restaurants and Class A office markets within a 5-minute drive.

Another Broken Egg needs eight to 12 full-time and 10-15 part-time workers. It depends on the region, but the average per-person check is $13.

The company’s website is anotherbrokenegg.com.

Restaurants on the rise

• Dunkin’ Donuts wants to build a new shop in Southside at 3270 Emerson St., near Gallion Road. The 2,032-square-foot restaurant is shown at a construction cost of $400,000. It’s the site of a former gas station.

• Metro Diner is working on its new restaurant at 9802 Baymeadows Road, No. 22.

• Starbucks is preparing to build-out a new shop at 4265 Roosevelt Blvd.

Food bites

Food- and drink-related businesses filed names with the state Division of Corporations under the Fictitious Name Law to operate:

• Don Marcos Tacos, by Raul Marcos Cassillas, 10960 Beach Blvd., No. 260.

• Tony’s Pizza, by Gator Pizza Inc., 6975 Florida A1A S., Suite 2, St. Augustine. Youssef Filat is president of Gator Pizza Inc.

Dining signs

• Blackfinn Ameripub, 4840 Big Island Drive, No. 5.

• Wing Palace, 3000 Dunn Ave., No. 62.

• Nordstrom Ebar Artisan Coffee, 4835 Town Crossing Drive.

• Dunkin’ Donuts, 12709 Bartram Park Blvd., No. 1.

• Kitchen on San Marco, 1402 San Marco Blvd.

Licensed to serve

• Maple Street Biscuit Co., to Harrelson & Moore Enterprises LLC, 1171 Edgewood Ave. S.

• Knead A Bakeshop, to Bold Bean Coffee Roasters LLC, 1173 Edgewood Ave.

kmathis@baileypub.com

@MathisKb

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