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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Jul. 9, 201312:00 PM EST

Coach, Michaels Stores investing a combined $3M in Jacksonville logistics systems


Coach, the leather purse, shoes and accessories manufacturer, and Michaels Stores Inc., the arts and crafts chain, plan major expansions to their Jacksonville logistics operations.

Building-permit applications show Coach intends a $2.35 million expansion of its "pick area platform" at its North Jacksonville distribution center and Michaels plans for a $696,146 storage rack expansion at its Westside operation.

• New York-based Coach wants to expand its "pick area platform" at 1 Coach Way in the Jacksonville International Tradeport. Plans indicate a summer 2013 project. Intracoastal Builders Corp. is the contractor for the project, in its two-story, 560,156-square-foot structure. The structure was built in 1995. A Coach contact listed on the plans did not respond for comment.

• Michaels Stores, based in Irving, Texas, near Dallas, wants to install a pallet storage rack in 83,693 square feet in its 504,299-square-foot distribution center at 9200 W. Beaver St. Bass Construction Services is shown as the contractor. The structure was built in 1993. Michaels had no comment.

Movement on Western Way

The Daily Record reported Friday that two former Mercedes-Benz buildings along Western Way in South Jacksonville were bought for development.

There's movement on both.

• Compass Rose Foundation Inc., which bought the 8813 Western Way building, advertised Sunday in The Florida Times-Union for a "diesel technology program manager" at the address.

It lists its name as Compass Rose Foundation Inc. and its subsidiary as Sunstate College Inc.

The ad says the foundation is a technical and vocational school under the name "J-Tech" and that the postsecondary school initially will offer education and training programs in the areas of commercial truck driving, auto technician, diesel technician and heavy equipment repair.

The ad says the company is seeking an experienced "Diesel Technology Instructor/Program Manager that is ready for the challenge of starting a Diesel Technology Program."

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and resume to Gregory H. Jones, president, at [email protected].

• Petroleum Containment Inc., which bought the 8873 Western Way building, is reroofing the structure. Peach State Roofing Inc. was issued a roofing permit Friday at a project cost of $290,000.

Panera aims for drive-thru

The City is reviewing site plans for the drive-thru at Panera Bread in the Regency area. Plans show a drive-thru that wraps behind the building at 9301 Atlantic Blvd.

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