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

Regal River City Marketplace demolition approved

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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