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Kay Jewelers, GNC and National Vision will join the Atlantic West shopping center.
Jax Daily Record Thursday, May 4, 201712:00 PM EST

Atlantic West to get Kay, GNC

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The intersection of Atlantic and Kernan boulevards continues to develop as a retail hub between Regency and the Beaches.

Kay Jewelers, GNC and National Vision will join the Atlantic West shopping center, according to development documents.

The shopping center at southwest Atlantic and Kernan boulevards will add a three-unit retail building that the retailers would lease.

Weingarten Realty and Sleiman Enterprises are the owners and developers of Atlantic West, which is anchored by Kohl’s, T.J. Maxx, Shoe Carnival and HomeGoods.

Weingarten spokeswoman Carrie Murray said Weingarten and Sleiman will build and own the 7,000-square-foot structure.

The city and the St. Johns River Water Management District are reviewing plans for the shell building, which show three tenants: Kay Jewelers, GNC and National Vision, which is the parent of several vision companies.

National Vision’s brands include Eyeglass World.

Murray confirmed National Vision, but not GNC or Kay Jewelers as tenants.

Kay Jewelers is owned by Signet Jewelers, whose spokesman said the company targeted a winter opening there.

The location is about three miles from Regency Square Mall, where Kay also operates.

Belk closed its Regency department store when it opened at the Atlantic North shopping center at northwest Atlantic and Kernan, but Signet wouldn’t say if it would do the same.

“We will continue to evaluate the Regency Square Mall location, as we do all of our retail locations, to ensure we are delivering the very best experience to every guest,” said Signet Jewelers Public Relations Director Frank Cirillo.

GNC did not respond to a call or email.

Kay Jewelers is shown as the tenant in Suite 100; GNC in Suite 200; and National Vision in Suite 300.

The building is shown on the western corner of the site on an outparcel in front of Kohl’s.

Murray expects it to be completed for tenant build-out by the end of the year.

The southwest corner of Kernan and Atlantic also includes a Wal-Mart, Ross Dress For Less, Petco and other stores, including the recently opened Jollibee, a Philippines-based fast-food chain.

The southeast corner includes a BJ’s Wholesale Club, while the northwest corner has Belk along with LA Fitness, Earth Fare and Academy Sports & Outdoors.

Yogurt Mountain at Mandarin South

Yogurt Mountain will open at the Mandarin South Shopping Center at 11700 San Jose Blvd., which will be anchored by Earth Fare and PetSmart. Crabtree Construction Co. is the contractor for the $182,180 renovation. Yogurt Mountain has been a brand of Books-A-Million, whose real estate subsidiary, Preferred Growth Properties, owns Mandarin South.

Wawa Town Center permitted

Wawa landed construction permits Wednesday in Duval County for its store at The Crossing at Town Center, where it intends to open by year-end.

The city issued permits for iConstructors LLC to build the convenience store, gas canopy and dumpster enclosure at a cost of more than $1.1 million.

Wawa said at the April groundbreaking that it would open three locations by the end of the year on its way to 40 over five years.

Those set to open by December in Duval County are at The Crossing, which is near St. Johns Town Center, along with one at Wilson Boulevard and Lane Avenue. That permit has not been issued yet.

It also intends to open at Blanding Boulevard and Filmore Street in Orange Park in Clay County by year-end.

At the groundbreaking, Wawa also announced the locations of five more Duval and Clay county sites that will open next year, while a Wawa executive said the company would open 10 in 2018.

Wawa focused initially on Duval and Clay counties but executives said they also are looking into St. Johns County.

Wawa said it invests $6 million into each store.

AutoPoint gets COU

• AutoPoint was issued a certificate of use for 15,770 square feet it will lease at 8375 Dix Ellis Trail. The city issued a permit in March to build-out the space, which is in the Prominence office park in Baymeadows.

The almost $463,000 renovation includes offices, conference rooms, team rooms, a break room and more elements. AutoPoint develops technology for auto service providers to enhance motorist and customer retention. Its four key operating areas are titling, marketing, engagement and service delivery.

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