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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Mar. 24, 201512:00 PM EST

Chicken Salad Chick to open on Baymeadows, five others planned for Jacksonville


Chicken Salad Chick, an Auburn, Ala.-based company launched in 2008, should open in Reedy Branch Commons after a renovation under review by the city.

The Tallahassee store’s menu features at least 15 chicken salads, from the original Classic Carol to Buffalo Barclay, Fruity Fran and Barbie-Q. The salads are available by the pound.

The menu also features specials, such as the Chick Trio of three salads, deli sandwiches, soup and sides, including broccoli salad, grape salad, pasta salad, fruit and chips, and desserts.

The city is reviewing a permit for a $160,000 renovation of 2,555 square feet at 10920 Baymeadows Road, No. 12. Dakenna Development Inc. is the contractor.

The Wishbone Group Inc. owns the Chicken Salad Chick at Reedy Branch, the permit application shows. Rebecca Roland is president and Richard Meadows is vice president.

Chicken Salad Chick announced in February that Roland would open six locations in Jacksonville. Wishbone Group operates three others in Dothan, Northport and Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Founder Stacy Brown perfected her chicken salad recipe at home but was shut down by the county health department for selling goods she cooked there. That led to opening a small takeout restaurant with her husband-to-be, Kevin Brown.

Chicken Salad Chick has sold 100 franchises to be developed across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

It says three Florida locations are open in Tallahassee, Destin and Panama City Beach, with new ones also coming to Orlando and Tallahassee.

The total investment to open a restaurant is $242,000 to $508,200, including the $60,000 franchise fee. Its website is

Bartram Village construction in review

At almost $1.5 million, the Bartram Village shopping center is in permitting for construction and will feature six restaurants, three retail stores and a bank when completed this fall.

The PHM Group Inc. is the contractor for the project, comprising three buildings that total 25,425 square feet of space. Its address is 12575 Bartram Park Blvd., at Old St. Augustine Road.

Plans show it will feature Zoës Kitchen, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, along with Chase Bank, Roxy Nails, Mattress One and Great Clips.

The location is near residential growth areas, Baptist Medical Center South, Flagler Center and other businesses and developments, generating a lot of potential daytime customers.

San Pablo Walmart Market underway

Northeast Florida’s sixth Walmart Neighborhood Market is under construction in the San Pablo area and expects a July opening.

At a quarter the size of the typical Walmart Supercenter, the Neighborhood Markets offer groceries, produce, bakery and deli departments, a pharmacy, health and beauty supplies, some household items and services.

With Duval County stores in Arlington, Mandarin and Westside, a St. Johns County store in Julington Square and a Clay County store in Middleburg, the San Pablo store is in the West Beaches/East Arlington area. All are in former Food Lion stores.

Variety Contractors Inc. is renovating the 1650 San Pablo Road location, in Village Shoppes at San Pablo, at a cost of almost $2.3 million. At 48,132 square feet of space, it’s larger than the average 38,000-square-foot Neighborhood Market. It should create 95 jobs.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. also intends to open a Walmart Supercenter at Collins Road and Interstate 295 in southwest Jacksonville in spring 2016, creating 300 jobs.

Publix renovating in Riverside

In what appears to be at least the 15th area store to be renovated or rebuilt in the past year or so, Publix Super Markets Inc. intends to remodel its Riverside Avenue store at a construction cost of $525,000.

The store at 2033 Riverside Ave. isn’t far from the new Fresh Market that opened in September at Brooklyn Station on Riverside. McIntyre Elwell & Strammer is the contractor for the $525,000 project in the 28,225-square-foot store. The Publix was built in 2002.

The investment boosts the Lakeland-based company’s area investment in remodeling and reconstruction to more than $11 million as competitors continue entering the market.

Publix has 30 Duval County supermarkets. Over the past few years, newcomers Trader Joe’s, Earth Fare, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Aldi and other companies have opened in the area.

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