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Bartram Village Retail LLC is completing construction on a three-building shopping center in South Jacksonville. It is fully leased and the tenant signage is up.
Jax Daily Record Thursday, Dec. 24, 201512:00 PM EST

Pei Wei and Chipotle adding locations


Pei Wei Fresh Kitchen and Chipotle Mexican Grill intend to open in Bartram Village, while Chipotle also is shown on site plans at Pablo Plaza in Jacksonville Beach.

Bartram Village is at southwest Interstate 95 and Old St. Augustine Road in south Jacksonville.

Pei Wei Asian Diner Inc. reported Wednesday that the Bartram location is one of three new restaurants it will open in Jacksonville in 2016. The other two will be in Mandarin at 11200 San Jose Blvd. and in Jacksonville Beach at 319 S. Third St. It already operates in The Markets at Town Center.

The Bartram Pei Wei is schedule to open April 18. It will seat 60-70 customers and employ about 50 people.

Chipotle did not respond to requests for comments Tuesday.

Chipotle currently is making news because of E. coli outbreaks linked to its restaurants in nine states. None has been reported in Florida.

Founder and Chairman Steve Ells said in a letter on the site the company is confident it can reach near-zero risk with a food-safety program that “began with a farm-to-fork risk assessment of every ingredient and all of our restaurant protocols and procedures.”

Bartram Village Retail LLC is developing three retail buildings within the shopping center that are expected to be completed by April. Pei Wei and Chipotle will open in those by the time the structures are completed.

Pei Wei intends to lease space at 12553 Bartram Park Blvd., No. 304.

A pending building permit shows a $375,000 build-out of 3,280 square feet of space, plus outdoor patio seating. L.D. Reeves & Associates Inc. is the contractor. Studio K2 Architecture of Denver is the architect.

Chipotle will lease 2,625 square feet in the 100 building, a structure along Old St. Augustine Road.

Bartram Village Retail LLC is led by Leonard “Buzzy” Grunthal and William Schueth. Grunthal said the 25,425 square feet of retail space, among three buildings, is fully leased.

Signage there shows 11 tenants, including Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Chase bank and First Stop Urgent Care.

Grunthal said an outparcel ground lease to a national retail group also is almost completed, but declined to identify the tenant until the deal is done.

Pei Wei Asian Diner Inc., of Scottsdale, Ariz., is a fast-casual Asian restaurant concept with limited table service. It is owned by PF Chang’s China Bistro Inc., which also operates P.F. Chang’s China Bistro.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., based in Denver, already has six Northeast Florida restaurants. In addition to Bartram Village, it appears to be planning another in Pablo Plaza at 2230 S. Third St. in Jacksonville Beach.

Landlord and property owner Equity One Inc. filed its third-quarter report with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the period ended Sept. 30.

It states that Chipotle, along with the previously reported Whole Foods and PetSmart, have executed leases at Pablo Plaza.

It says Pablo Plaza, which is targeted for an $18 million redevelopment, is 84.3 percent leased. It is anchored by Office Depot, which is leasing a former Publix supermarket space through Nov. 30, 2018.

Equity One said in addition to Whole Foods as an anchor and PetSmart as a junior anchor, the redevelopment will reconfigure shop space for another unidentified junior anchor and add an outparcel to the center. The filing shows it bought a 0.18-acre outparcel in January for $750,000.

The filing shows that Whole Foods will lease the Office Depot space by 2020.

Current anchor tenants include Marshalls and HomeGoods.

New York-based Equity One bought Pablo Plaza for $19.3 million in 2010. It was built in 1974 and renovated several times since.

Equity One’s North Miami Beach office submitted an application with the St. Johns River Water Management District for the renovation of Pablo Plaza.

Those plans show that 120,191 square feet of existing building space will remain and almost an equal amount — 34,387 square feet and 33,895 square feet — will be demolished and rebuilt.

The filing also shows Equity One is investing $6 million in the re-tenanting and facade renovation of the South Beach Regional shopping center at 3740-4194 S. Third St. in Jacksonville Beach.

Home2 Suites permit in review

The city is reviewing the building-permit application for Home2 Suites by Hilton at 13475 Ranch Road near Jacksonville International Airport. It lists a project cost of $7.5 million.

No contractor is listed on the application, but plans list RA-LIN and Associates Inc. of Carrollton, Ga., is the general contractor. Peachtree Hotel Group is the owner.

Home2 Suites is the newest brand of Hilton Worldwide and is described as a mid-tier, extended-stay, all-suite hotel aimed at the economic traveler.

Plans show a four-story, 65,324-square-foot, 106-unit hotel on 1.61 acres. The first floor includes an outdoor pool with an outdoor patio and there’s an “outdoor living area” next to the front vestibule.

The first-floor interior includes a meeting room, breakfast space and a fitness center.

Home2 Suites hotels comprise studio and one-bedroom units and are pet-friendly. Features include a full kitchen, a media/working zone, an integrated fitness and laundry room, and a business zone with complimentary high-speed Internet access and wireless printing.

Home2 Suites by Hilton has 30 hotels open and more under construction. Four are in development in Florida in Gainesville, Lake City, Tallahassee and Orlando.

Plans filed with a mobility-fee application show the hotel site at Ranch Road and Tradeport Drive, next to the Hyatt Place Jacksonville Airport.

The mobility fee is calculated at $136,449. That fee is the cost for a new development based upon the link between land development and transportation. The certificates generally are valid for a year.

Palmetto Point to feature 2 restaurants

Palmetto Point is the name of the retail center planned in front of the Regal Cinemas Beach Boulevard on the site of the former Golden Corral.

Plans filed with the St. Johns River Water Management District show the almost 15,000-square-foot building will have at least five units that include two restaurants and three retail stores.

As designed effective Nov. 20, the building would feature a 7,141-square-foot, 160-seat restaurant on the eastern end and a 2,940-square-foot, 100-seat restaurant with a drive-thru on the western end.

Three retail stores would sit between them, each just more than 1,600 square feet in space.

Developer John Cothran said in July he bought the 1.6-acre property 16 years ago when Golden Coral was building there. He did a sale-leaseback. The restaurant closed, he tried to sell the property but the contracts didn’t close.

The Golden Corral has been demolished.

Frito-Lay expansion expected in the spring

Frito-Lay intends to complete its Jacksonville distribution center expansion in the spring.

“The expansion allows us to support the continued growth in Jacksonville and the surrounding communities,” said Alexis Allina, a spokeswoman with PepsiCo Inc. for Frito-Lay.

Frito-Lay filed plans with the St. Johns River Water Management District for a 21,940-square-foot expansion to its warehouse on 7 acres at 6701 Phillips Industrial Blvd. in South Jacksonville.

Plans previously filed with the city show the proposed expansion is at least a $2 million project that would add 15 new dock positions.

CHA Tech Services LLC is the contractor for the warehouse addition to its existing almost 34,000-square-foot center, built in 1996.

EnVision Design & Engineering LLC in Jacksonville is the agent.

Frito-Lay North America Inc. is part of New York-based PepsiCo Inc. Frito-Lay is based in Plano, Texas. Its snack products include Fritos, Lays, Doritos, Cheetos, Tostitos, Ruffles, Sun Chips, Rold Gold, Cracker Jack and more.

Bank branch filings

One bank branch is closing and another will open in Jacksonville, according to filings with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Wells Fargo closed its Memorial Medical Center office along University Boulevard South effective Dec. 2, while Chase Bank intends to open a branch at southeast Bartram Park Boulevard and Old St. Augustine Road in Bartram Village.

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