Skinner Bros. Realty Co. plans to redevelop Moultrie Square Shopping Center in St. Augustine, including demolition and reconstruction of the Publix supermarket.
“The redevelopment of Moultrie Square is necessary in order to continue to serve the growth in the South St. Augustine market,” said Skinner Bros. Realty Vice President Riley Skinner in a news release.
Skinner said Wednesday the 48,500-square-foot Publix will be demolished and replaced with a 54,000-square-foot store, which will be a prototype for the Lakeland-based chain.
Work begins in the last quarter this year and should be completed by the third quarter of 2016. The Publix Pharmacy will remain open during the project by temporarily moving into suites 9 and 10 of the center.
Moultrie Square opened in 1988 at U.S. 1 and Wildwood Drive in South St. Augustine. It is 70,355 square feet and will be 75,585 feet after renovations. It is more than 90 percent occupied.
Planned upgrades at Moultrie Square include improved accessibility with a new entrance on Wildwood Drive, an updated facade and increased parking-lot lighting.
There also will be improvements to the center’s end-cap to allow a future restaurant to offer outdoor seating.
Skinner Bros. Realty Co. will be the project manager. A general contractor will be chosen by the end of the month.
Ervin, Lovett, Miller is the architect and Almond Engineering is the civil engineer. Both are based in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville-based Skinner Bros. Realty Co. was established in 1999. It provides consulting and brokerage and development services to tenants, investors and landowners.
It specializes in acquisition, planning, permitting and marketing of undeveloped real estate and it represents clients seeking locations.