St. Vincent's investing $26M in 3 health centers

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St. Vincent’s HealthCare will debut new-concept health centers next year in Mandarin, North Jacksonville and St. Johns County, totaling an initial investment of almost $26 million.

The centers will provide essential services, including urgent care, primary care, imaging, lab services and specialty care in one location.

Mandarin will be the first to open in the first quarter in a redeveloped former Walgreens store at 10503 San Jose Blvd., north of Interstate 295.

Realco Recycling Co. Inc. is preparing to demolish the interior of the 14,587-square-foot structure to create space for a new floor plan for St. Vincent’s.

The hospital said that leased location will be 20,000 square feet.

The St. Johns County center, along County Road 210 on land St. Vincent’s purchased west of I-95, should open in summer 2017.

The North Jacksonville center will open in late 2017, although the location and opening date have not been determined.

The centers’ developments are estimated at $8.5 million each.

St. Vincent’s said the initial locations were chosen based on an analysis of where services are most needed.

“Our goal is to optimize access, quality, convenience and value while responsibly reducing health care costs for those we serve,” said David Meyer, chief strategy and marketing officer for St. Vincent’s HealthCare, in a news release.

St. Vincent’s is part of Ascension, considered the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

It includes St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County and St. Catherine Laboure Manor, among other services that include primary care and urgent care centers, labs, imaging centers and pharmacies.

Tijuana Flats wants to open in Mandarin South

Tijuana Flats likely will join Earth Fare and PetSmart at the Mandarin South Shopping Center.

Chief Marketing Officer Monique Yeager said Wednesday the restaurant chain was “almost there” in lease negotiations at the 11700 San Jose Blvd. shopping center.

PetSmart has said it will open there in fall 2017. Earth Fare, shown on plans next to PetSmart, said it would announce more details later.

Property owner PGP Jacksonville LLC, part of Books-A-Million Inc., has applied for a site-clearing permit at the property.

It also has filed applications to demolish the interiors of nine units at the center in preparation for build-out.

Three tenants intend to stay. AutoZone will remain where it is while Planet Beach and The Poochie Spa will move from the south side of the center to the north near AutoZone.

PGP bought the shopping center in 2014 with the intent to redevelop it. The central space had been a Winn-Dixie supermarket before the grocery store moved across the street.

PGP will reconfigure and enlarge that part of the center for Earth Fare and PetSmart. Units on either side are being gutted in preparation for eventual tenant build-out.

The total center will be more than 73,500 square feet upon completion, plans show. Three restaurants of 2,400 to 2,800 square feet are indicated on site documents along with several retail spaces.

Tijuana Flats has eight restaurants in Jacksonville. The fast-casual chain, founded in 1995 in Winter Park, sells made-to-order Tex-Mex food.

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