$4.2 million Sprouts Farmer's Market project approved at Tamaya Market

The grocer pulls shell construction permit for its second Jacksonville store.

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A contractor for the area’s second Sprouts Farmers Market pulled a permit Thursday for the almost $4.2 million shell construction of the store at Tamaya Market.

J. Raymond Construction Corp. of Longwood is the contractor for the almost 30,000-square-foot building at 12675 Beach Blvd. 

A separate permit will be issued for the interior completion. Sprouts is expected to open there in early 2020.

Harbour Retail Partners Principal Randy Kelley said Friday his team pulled a permit only for the grocery store shell and not the other buildings on the 11.22-acre site.

“The permit we pulled is for the Sprouts box only,” he said.

“The permit for the adjacent shops and and outparcel 1 are in queue for city comments,” he said. 

Harbour Retail Partners, based in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, paid $6.73 million for the site at northwest Beach and Tamaya boulevards in November.

Tamaya Market is designed as a 75,000-square-foot shopping center. 

The supermarket and adjoining shops total almost 54,000 square feet and the three outparcels can accommodate another 21,000 or so square feet of space.

The city is reviewing a permit application for two buildings adjacent to the east and west of Sprouts for retail shops. Those total 23,634 square feet at a construction cost of $3.31 million. 

Three outparcels of 0.6 to 1.56 acres are available, but will not be used for a gas station because of Tamaya’s approved planned unit development.

The city also is reviewing a permit application for an almost 7,200-square-foot building on the 1.06-acre outparcel 1 at Tamaya Market.   No tenant is identified. The construction cost is $632,310. 

Kelley estimates the entire project at $23 million, including the land purchase. Ameris Bank of Atlanta issued a mortgage of $18.64 million.

The center, east of Kernan Boulevard, is at the entrance to the 780-acre Tamaya development, where 2,400 homes are planned. 

The Tamaya Sprouts will be the Phoenix-based chain’s second in Jacksonville.

The first opened July 10 at The Markets at Town Center in the former Best Buy store at 4893 Town Center Parkway. The city issued a permit for a $2.5 million renovation for that 30,162-square-foot Sprouts.

The city issued a permit Thursday that indicated it had approved the entire $23 million shopping center, but that number is being adjusted to reflect only the Sprouts shell.

The permit said the project that was approved was a ground-up grocery store that is part of a new, larger development.

“The overall larger amount is for the entire project,” Kelley said.