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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Sep. 11, 201412:00 PM EST

Publix renovating at least a dozen Duval super markets


Publix Super Markets Inc. continues renovating is stores in Duval County, inching closer to a $10 million investment.

The Lakeland-based chain submitted plans last week to renovate the 12th of its 30 Duval County supermarkets.

HGR Construction Inc. is listed as the contractor to renovate the North Jacksonville grocery store at 1100 Dunn Ave., No. 100, at a project cost of $515,000.

The 37,886-square-foot store joins 11 others that are being renovated or rebuilt a cost of $9.35 million. The Dunn Avenue project boosts that to a dozen at $9.9 million.

Publix spokesman Dwaine Stevens said Wednesday the company has a remodel program in which every store is assessed on a designated rotation of years based on a location’s needs.

He said the scope of each remodel varies for each store.

When it comes to store replacements, Stevens said the real estate team constantly reviews the store network and markets within the six states in which it operates, “looking for opportunities to better serve our customers.”

He said those opportunities include new store sites and replacement sites, and that decisions on those are based on proprietary criteria.

In addition to Dunn Avenue, stores being renovated or rebuilt are stores at Bartram Park; Deerwood Village; 731 Duval Station Road; 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd.; 9518 Argyle Forest Blvd.; 7749 Normandy Blvd.; 4320 Deerwood Lake Parkway; 4495 Roosevelt Blvd.; 9100 Merrill Road; 12620 Beach Blvd.; and 2771 Monument Road.

The Monument Road Publix is being rebuilt and is expected to open in November. The city approved four signs Tuesday for Publix Food & Pharmacy and Presto at the new store.

Restaurants on the rise

• St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside wants to remodel its Dillon Café and also add a Chick-fil-A. The $1.3 million renovation of 10,500 square feet would include a remodeled seating area.

• Chick-fil-A is renovating the kitchen and making a double drive-thru at 9980 Southside Blvd.

• Wendy’s is building in Bartram Park at 13928 Bartram Run Drive.

• Subway is expanding at 10771 Beach Blvd., No. 405.

• Bono’s is building out a restaurant at 731 Duval Station Road, No. 101.

• Austin’s Soul Food is adding walk-in coolers and a freezer at 4807 N. Main St.

• Starbucks wants to renovate space at 8635 Blanding Blvd.

• CSX is renovating its headquarters café at 500 Water St.

• Firehouse Subs is renovating in OakLeaf at 9660 Argyle Forest Blvd., No. 5.

• Margarita Mexican Grill is renovating the interior in space 24 at 9825 San Jose Blvd.

Food bites

Food- and drink-related businesses filed names with the state Division of Corporations under the Fictitious Name Law to operate:

• Fancy Café Japanese Grill Sushi & Bar, by Fancy Café Inc., 4530 St. Johns Ave., Suite 9. Yong H. Chen of 2726 Park St. is president of Fancy Café Inc.

• Tunis Express Food, by Noureddine Mezni, Duval County, mailing address is 900 Grant Road, Titusville.

• Smoke in the City BBQ, by Melvin D. Williams, 3271 Racquet Court.

• Ichiban, by LL & HZ Holdings LLC, 675 N. Third St., Jacksonville Beach. Huizi Hao is manager of LL & HZ Holdings.

• Denise’s Cakes and Pastries, by Denise Hester, Clay County, 4020 Cormorant Lane, Middleburg.

Licensed to serve

Duval County Tax Collector Michael Corrigan issued business licenses for:

• Duke’s Place Blues Bar & Lounge, to Adrian D. McRae, 521 W. Forsyth St., former site of Secrets Wine Bar.

• McDonald’s, to JD-ASG Management Co. Inc., 51 S. Third St., Jacksonville Beach. Jacques Guske is president and Deborah D. Guske is vice president of JD-ASG Management. Both are from Jacksonville Beach.

• Sweets by Mae, to Willie Mae Murphy, 11551 N. Summer Haven Blvd.

• Little Caesars, to The Pantry Inc., 2733 Starratt Road.

• Sundance Fresh Market, to Koteina Anderson, 6295-F Powers Ave.

• Meitta’s Delightful Treatz LLC, to Meitta Teage, 942 Ardmore St. Mobile vendor.

• Sabor Latino, to Sabor Latino Inc., 6426 Bowden Road, No. 2.

• This Is It Smokehouse Inc., to Crystal Reed, 397 Enterprise St., Ocoee. Mobile vendor.

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