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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Jul. 28, 201612:00 PM EST

Plans confirm Earth Fare at Mandarin South


Earth Fare will anchor the redeveloped Mandarin South Shopping Center with its second area “Everyone’s Healthy Supermarket.”

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

Earth Fare spokesman Mark Malinowski said today 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 natural foods 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 the company 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.

Mandarin South was developed in 1982. PGP says on its website the property will be redeveloped “into a high end lifestyle center with the PGP signature style and top tier retail branding.”

PGP also owns and is developing The Strand at Town Center and The Crossing at Town Center near St. Johns Town Center.

Preferred Growth Properties 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.

A PetSmart spokeswoman said last week the Mandarin South store is expected to open in fall 2017. It will lease the junior anchor space.


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