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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Sep. 26, 201312:00 PM EST

Belk building store at Atlantic & Kernan

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Belk is making plans to build a department store in East Arlington at northwest Atlantic and Kernan boulevards.

Site plans filed with the city show a 95,000-square-foot Belk store at the Marketplace at the Fountains, which now features Academy Sports + Outdoors and LA Fitness.

The plans, filed by owner Atlantic North LLC, whose manager is developer Toney Sleiman, also show a new supermarket – Earth Fare, an Asheville, N.C.-based organic and natural foods market chain.

Earth Fare's only Florida store is in Tallahassee, according to its website. Earth Fare plans an almost 24,000-square-foot grocery market adjacent to Academy Sports.

A Belk spokeswoman in Charlotte, N.C., headquarters did not immediately respond to questions about the project.

The store manager for the Belk store in Regency Square Mall did not immediately return a phone call to respond to questions about how the Regency store would be affected by the Marketplace at the Fountains location at 11901 Atlantic Blvd.

The Regency Mall manager was unavailable.

Belk has three stores in the market – at Regency, The Avenues and Roosevelt Square.

The Belk store at the Marketplace at the Fountains is shown at the western end of the expanded shopping center.

Belk would cap the western end and LA Fitness would cap the eastern side.

In addition to Belk, Earth Fare, Academy and LA Fitness, four more stores would be built to link the center.

Also, seven outparcels are shown, lining Atlantic and Kernan boulevards. A 7-Eleven already is open there.

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