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Jax Daily Record Monday, Apr. 25, 202204:50 AM EST

City permits demolition of closed Regency area dealership for Circle K

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The convenience store chain wants to build at northwest Atlantic and Southside boulevards.

The former auto dealership at northwest Atlantic and Southside boulevards is coming down for site redevelopment now that the city issued a permit April 22.

Contractor W.H. Bass Inc. of Duluth, Georgia, will clear the Regency area site at a cost of $117,000, the permit shows.

The address is 100 Southside Blvd.

The 53-year-old dealership building and subsequent JEA staging area is expected to be redeveloped with a Circle K gas station and convenience store and an unrelated car wash.

Circle K Stores Inc. owns the property.

Plans show a 5,200-square-foot Circle K convenience store and gas station will be developed on the western 2.87-acre lot of the 5.09-acre site. 

No tenant is shown on the almost 2.22-acre eastern lot, but there is a sign along the property for Camel Premium Express Car Wash.

The site, also addressed at 9201 Atlantic Blvd., was long used by Coggin Pontiac. 

City utility JEA bought the parcel for $3.24 million in 2011 for construction and pipeline installation and to stage equipment for area work.

JEA sold the property to Circle K Stores Inc., the Tempe, Arizona-based international convenience store chain, for $3.15 million in May 2021. 

Circle K proposes a $2.1 million convenience store and gas station.

The city is reviewing permit applications for the convenience store and a trash enclosure. A fuel canopy will be permitted separately.

Steve McInall, JEA vice president of energy and water planning, told the utility board in May 2020 the structures on the site are in disrepair and likely will be demolished. 

Property records show the three buildings, totaling almost 50,000 square feet, were developed in 1969.

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