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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Feb. 3, 201612:00 PM EST

Second Daily's planned along San Jose Boulevard

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First Coast Energy LLP, which wants to better populate San Jose Boulevard with its Daily’s gas stations and convenience stores, paid $4.25 million for property to expand along the major Southside corridor.

The Jacksonville-based company bought 5 acres at 9545 San Jose Blvd., which is at southeast Sunbeam Road and San Jose Boulevard.

The acquisition, in the wake of a property purchase along Hendricks Avenue and an intention to redevelop a Shell station at San Jose and University boulevards, will create three new Daily’s in the targeted area.

Hendricks Avenue connects to San Jose Boulevard south of San Marco, where Daily’s opened its newest store Jan. 14.

“We don’t have a lot of coverage for Daily’s between Interstate 295 and our new San Marco location,” said First Coast Energy General Counsel Keith Daw.

First Coast Energy LLP bought the San Jose Boulevard and Sunbeam Road property from Solomon Properties LLC. The deed was recorded Tuesday.

The property’s assessed value is almost $2.5 million. It includes a 54,077-square-foot building that features a Bailey’s Health & Fitness center and several other tenants.

Daw said the existing structures would remain on the property. First Coast Energy will build the Daily’s on open property fronting San Jose Boulevard.

It is directly opposite San Jose Boulevard from a Gate Petroleum Co. gas station and convenience store and the Gate headquarters.

There’s no timetable for construction of the Daily’s, Daw said. The store likely will be a 5,000-square-foot design with its signature DASH food service, fuel pumps and probably a car wash.

He said plenty of tenant parking will remain on the north and east sides of the building.

Daw emphasized it was a long-term plan and the company was “nowhere near” obtaining permits.

First Coast Energy also wants to build a Daily’s in the Fruit Cove and Julington Creek area. There is no construction timeframe and property has not been acquired.

First Coast Energy, which sells Shell fuels, was created in 1997 and Daily’s was created in 2003.

Daw said there are 34 Daily’s stores in Florida.

The dailys.com site shows 25 locations in Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties.

First Coast Energy owns or operates about 145 locations in Northeast and Southeast Florida. Daw said that number includes third-party operators, which primarily operate Shell stations whose stores are smaller than a Daily’s.

He said First Coast Energy wants to include the DASH food service in new and renovated stores, especially in Northeast Florida.

DASH is the Daily’s fast-casual restaurant that offers made-to-order breakfast and lunch items.

The Daily’s expansion joins growth among other gas station and convenience store companies, including Jacksonville-based Gate, which is adding locations around the area.

Those companies are identifying and adding sites as the Pennsylvania-based Wawa chain enters the Northeast Florida market.

Wawa wants to open six locations to start and eventually up to 25 in Northeast Florida. The first is expected in 2017.

Southeastern Grocers gets OK for HQ work

As Southeastern Grocers prepares to open the remodeled Baymeadows Winn-Dixie on Thursday, the city approved the construction permit Tuesday for the company’s new headquarters office space nearby.

Rockford Construction Co. of Michigan is the contractor for the $6.2 million renovation of the four-story, 160,000-square-foot building at 8928 Prominence Parkway in the Prominence office park.

Southeastern Grocers will house about 1,000 associates at the building, off Interstate 95.

It will relocate from the Westside headquarters space it has used since buying Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. Winn-Dixie was headquartered there.

Southeastern Grocers said previously it expects to move to Prominence during the first quarter. The space is about 5 miles from the new store, which is off Interstate 295.

The remodeled Baymeadows store opens Thursday at 10915 Baymeadows Road.

A grand-opening newspaper promotion Wednesday shows the renovated Winn-Dixie, which had been closed for six years, will include local products such as beers from Intuition Ale Works, Bold City Brewery and Veterans United Craft Brewery; candy from Sweet Pete’s; and honey from Stubbie’s.

Tires Plus plans in review

The St. Johns River Water Management District is reviewing plans for Tires Plus Total Car Care in Bartram Village.

Plans show the 7,700-square-foot car-care center at 12575 Bartram Park Blvd. That’s a 1.6-acre site.

Bridgestone Retail Operations Inc. is the developer.

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