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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Jul. 12, 201805:30 AM EST

The Mathis Report: Spring Park site looks like another Wawa; Global Diamonds changes name

Emerson Street corner to be gas station and convenience store.

A “super gas station” is proposed at Emerson Street and Spring Park Road with similarities to the Wawa Inc. gas station-convenience store projects.

Southeast Investments Inc., led by leaders of The Ferber Co., is the agent for the project, which is in mobility fee review for its traffic impact.

The station is designed as a 5,640-square-foot project on 2.1 acres owned by several landholders, who authorized Southeast Investments to act on their behalf in seeking approvals.

A mobility fee application filed with the city says the property contains an office building, two homes and a car wash.

A plan shows a gas station and convenience store building with outside seating and eight fueling stations.

England-Thims & Miller Inc. is the project civil engineer.

Ferber representatives at the Ponte Vedra Beach office have not returned three phone calls about the project. A Wawa representative said the proper person to comment was not available.

Ferber developed the Wawa at 6787 Wilson Blvd., one of Northeast Florida’s first two Wawa stores that opened Dec. 13.

Ferber sold the property in January.

Wawa’s two sizes for its Florida properties are about 5,600 and 6,100 square feet on about 2 acres.

The Pennsylvania-based company opened four stores, more are under construction and it plans to develop 30 to 40 locations in Northeast Florida.

While it’s not confirmed to be Wawa, Gate and Daily’s representatives confirmed it is not their project.

Global Diamonds changes name

As of Monday, Global Diamonds rebranded as Diamonds Direct and it intends to move from 4865 Town Center Parkway in The Markets at Town Center across the street to The Strand at Town Center.

Diamonds Direct plans to occupy a 6,000-square-foot building at The Strand that provides 2,000 more square feet than the current location.

Diamonds Direct President and CEO Itay Berger said the additional space will provide for a larger selection and the ability to host community and philanthropic events.






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