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Jax Daily Record Friday, Oct. 7, 202208:42 AM EST

Regal River City Marketplace demolition approved

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BJ’s Wholesale Club intends to build at the cleared location at the North Jacksonville shopping center.

To prepare for construction of BJ’s Wholesale Club, the city approved a demolition permit for the closed Regal Cinemas in River City Marketplace in North Jacksonville.

The city issued a permit Oct. 6 for Able Construction Inc. of Jacksonville to demolish the 63,810-square-foot Regal River City Marketplace, previously operated as Hollywood Theaters, at a job cost of $247,000.

The 14-screen Regal River City Marketplace at 12884 City Center Blvd. was built in 2006 on 9 acres. 

The permit refers to the theater as AMC, but it is Regal. 

BJ’s Wholesale Club is on track for a new location at the River City Marketplace site.

BJ’s Wholesale Club is on track for a new location at the River City Marketplace site.

Property owner Ramco Jacksonville LLC filed civil engineering plans with the city July 27 to replace the Regal with the proposed 103,005-square-foot wholesale club.

Plans also show a fueling facility on the 10.66-acre site.

Edwards Engineering is the consulting civil engineering firm.

RPT Realty, Ramco’s corporate name, said May 4 in its first-quarter report to investors that it signed a 103,000-square-foot wholesale club to replace the movie theater, but did not identify it as BJ’s.

It included the news again in its Aug. 3 second-quarter investor presentation that a “National Wholesale Club” will replace the Regal Entertainment Group site in River City Marketplace.

A St. Johns River Water Management District application confirmed in June that BJ’s will replace the theater.

Property owner RPT Realty applied to the district to modify a permit to demolish the theater building and build the wholesale club. 

 

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