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Work is underway to clear out some of the storefronts at Mandarin South Shopping Center.
Jax Daily Record Friday, Jul. 29, 201612:00 PM EST

Earth Fare, PetSmart to open in Mandarin South Shopping Center


Work is underway to redevelop the Mandarin South Shopping Center, including building-out stores for Earth Fare and PetSmart.

Plans filed with permit applications show Earth Fare and PetSmart will open at the 11700 San Jose Blvd. retail plaza.

Earth Fare spokesman Mark Malinowski said Thursday the Asheville, N.C.-based company was “very excited to continue our growth in Jacksonville” and would share more details later about its new location.

The grocer opened its first area market in August 2014 in the Atlantic North center at Kernan and Atlantic boulevards. Earth Fare’s chief financial officer said then it wanted to open two to three more stores, including in Mandarin.

PGP Jacksonville LLC, part of the Preferred Growth Properties LLC real estate subsidiary of Books-A-Million Inc., owns Mandarin South. It bought the 4.9-acre site two years ago for $4.7 million. The center was built in 1982.

PGP also owns and is developing The Strand at Town Center and The Crossing at Town Center near St. Johns Town Center. Those are signing new retailers and restaurants for Jacksonville as well as additional locations for some existing names.

At Mandarin South, which is south of Interstate 295 at San Jose Boulevard and Loretto Road, much of the vacant space is being cleared out. Three tenants remain.

AutoZone continues to operate near the Earth Fare space. Planet Beach and The Poochie Spa will move from the south end of the center to the north, near AutoZone.

PGP previously filed site plans for Mandarin South that outlined a 27,550-square-foot “natural grocer” and a junior anchor next to it of 17,730 square feet, both unidentified.

Plans filed this week show both new tenants in the middle of the shopping plaza.

A PetSmart spokeswoman said last week it planned to open a store at Mandarin South in fall 2017. It would lease the junior anchor space.

Nine building-permit applications for the center filed this week are only for interior demolition of some of the small units and the roughly 45,000-square-foot building.

That space had been a Winn-Dixie store years ago and will be renovated and expanded for Earth Fare and PetSmart to operate side by side.

Interior demolition and rehab is shown at a job cost of $160,000 for the smaller units, which range up to 2,809 square feet, and $250,000 for the two anchor spaces.

In all, the interior demolition work totals $410,000 for almost 60,900 square feet of space. The total center will be more than 73,500 square feet upon completion, plans show.

Tenant build-out typically will be permitted separately. No contractor is specified. Solid Rock Engineering Consultants Inc. is the project engineer.

St. Vincent’s to open Fort Caroline clinic

St. Vincent’s HealthCare will open a primary care center in October in the Cobblestone Crossing shopping center in the Fort Caroline area of East Arlington.

The medical office is shown on the center’s property flier in the space formerly occupied by the Chun King restaurant.

The city is reviewing a permit application for a $200,000 build-out for 2,450 square feet of space.

Towers Contracting Co. of Northeast Florida Inc. is the contractor for the project, in No. 33 at 2771 Monument Road.

Investor buys The Reflections

Investor Thomas Marmaros added to his Jacksonville holdings Wednesday with the acquisition of The Reflections buildings in Baymeadows.

Marmaros, through Baymeadows Reflections LP, paid $11 million for the buildings at 7775 and 7785 Baymeadows Way.

The two three-story structures, each 63,636 square feet, were developed in 1985 on 14.2 acres.

Morning Calm Management LLC of West Palm Beach sold the property, which it acquired for $8.5 million in 2012 from Parkway Properties of Orlando.

BankUnited of Miami Lakes issued a $7.7 million mortgage to Baymeadows Reflections, based in Columbus, Ohio. Baymeadows Reflections is affiliated with IMC Real Estate Management LLC of Columbus.

Marmaros leads IMC.

He bought Riverplace South on the Downtown Southbank for $9 million in June 2015. Parkway Properties also sold that eight-story office building at 1300 Riverplace Blvd., anchored by AvMed. At the time of that sale, his principal address was Quebec, Canada.

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