Earth Fare is going to open its first Northeast Florida grocery store Aug. 20 in the Atlantic North center at the corner of Atlantic and Kernan boulevards. The chain is based in North Carolina and has stores in nine states. Its only other store in Florida opened in Tallahassee in 2010.


The store’s focus is natural and organic food. According to its website, it doesn’t sell any food with high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors and sweeteners, and synthetic growth hormones in fresh meat and dairy.

Atlantic North already has an Academy Sports + Outdoors, L.A. Fitness and a 7-Eleven on an outparcel. Belk is under construction with plans to open next year.

Toney Sleiman of Sleiman Enterprises, the center’s developer, said he has letters of intent for four more tenants, all on outparcels. But he said he doesn’t have final contracts and can’t name them yet.


The eastern end of Point Meadows shopping center on Baymeadows Road has seen its share of restaurants come and go: Times Grill, Bubba Burger Grill and then The Public House, which lasted less than six months.

Now Whiskey Joe’s Kitchen & Cocktails is scheduled to open there in August or early September.

It’s going to be an upscale-casual gastropub, said Tom Fisher, the former owner of the Plush nightclub complex who is acting as consultant for owner Adam Fontaine. There’s going to be an emphasis on local food when available, he said, along with gourmet burgers to prime rib. There will 28 beers on tap, mostly local, along with more than 100 whiskeys.

Point Meadows was anchored by a Winn-Dixie until that closed in 2010, but it’s near an ever-growing number of new apartment complexes.


Remodeling continues at area Publix and Panera Bread Cafes. Permits were issued for Publix stores at 9518 Argyle Forest Blvd., $673,135; and 731 Duval Station Road, $550,000. That’s the fifth and sixth in the past few months. HGR Construction has the contracts.

Meanwhile, Panera has permits for its fourth and fifth remodels, though on a much smaller scale: 11111 San Jose Blvd., $86,378, 4,572 square feet, John Ryan Co.; and 9570 Crosshill Blvd., $78,810, 4,200 square feet, DEC Contracting Group.


8046 Philips Highway LLC of Bedford, N.Y., paid $18.3 million for a building housing BJ’s Wholesale Club, 8046 Philips Highway. The 122,149-square-foot store opened in 2006. The building last sold for $11.2 million in 2009.

BCDC BP Jax LLC of Atlanta paid $1.4 million for 3.4 acres on Skinner Parkway, just east of Baymeadows Road.

Elevate Life Church Inc. paid $990,000 for 24 acres on Merchants Way off Oakleaf Village Parkway.

Alejandro and Liberty Dizon paid $2.55 million for a 6,776-square-foot home at 12946 Mandarin Road. The home was built in 2002 on 3.4 riverfront acres.

Duval Asphalt Products paid $1 million for a complex of buildings on 4 acres at 7510 Philips Highway.


This sign has been approved for 3560 Philips Highway, currently the location of Sultan Sandwiches: Huckleberry’s Shack Country Style Breakfast and New York Style Pizzeria.

Advance Auto Parts has opened a store at 965 University Blvd. N.

VyStar Credit Union will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 7 for its newest branch at 212 Ponte Vedra Park Drive.

When clothing giant H&M opened in The Avenues in 2012, it was a big deal. Its only store between Central Florida and Atlanta. They are getting more common, though. A store opened in Destin last month and another is scheduled to open in Governor’s Square Mall in Tallahassee this fall.

The first Nordstrom in North Florida will be opening at the St. Johns Town Center on Oct. 10. Meanwhile, the only Nordstrom in Orlando is closing next month. The company said the lease is expiring on its Florida Mall store and sales don’t warrant the renovations it needs. The store opened in 2002. That will leave Orlando with only a Nordstrom Rack in Millenia Crossing.


4265 Roosevelt Blvd., new shell building for a free-standing Starbucks, $300,000, 1,914 square feet, PAR Builders II. The property sold for $510,000 in June. The previous week, a permit was issued for another Starbucks at 11441 San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin.

6262 Greenland Road, two-story office building on Greenfield site, Grenada Properties, $1.3 million, 13,950 square feet, Perry-McCall Construction. Perry-McCall has been planning to build it for a new headquarters, but Carson McCall said the company may buy and renovate a building elsewhere rather than building this.

400 Pecan Park Road, Love’s Travel Stop & Country Stores, five permits totaling $5.2 million., W.H. Bass. Love’s is building a gas station and store with fast-food outlets, showers for truckers and a separate tire and service center. It will hire about 60 people with opening planned early next year.

8535 Baymeadows Road, tenant build-out after the fact for Lifted Designs Smoke Shop, $200, 1,400 square feet, North Coast Construction.

580 W. Eighth St., interior upgrades to Community Hospice, $133,600, 4,700 square feet, Auld & White Constructors.

842 Dunn Ave., interior build-out for Dunkin’ Donuts, $192,753, 1,796 square feet, Suncoast Industrial & Construction Services.

112 Crestway Lane, entry to Nocatee Villas and in-ground pool at amenity center, $219,000, O.R. Dicky Smith & Co.

1631 University Blvd S., new Dollar Tree at the former site of ABC Fine Wines and Spirits, $890,342, 9,973 square feet, Hutton Construction.

10301 Busch Drive, press foundation at Trend Offset Press, $129,995, S&A Construction.

4235 Salisbury Road, interior renovation for new Advanced Vascular Resources, $681,607, 8,254 square feet, D.C. Ecker Construction.

13839 Saxon Lake Drive, new single family home in Queens Harbour Yacht and Country Club, $1.2 million, 7,212 square feet, Beetree Homes.

721 Chaffee Road, modify parking lot and sidewalk of a convenience store to meet ADA requirements, $85,000, Newco Construction.

9601 Southbrook Drive, siding replacement and waterproofing at Carriage Club of Jacksonville, $1,288,524, R.L. James.

8700 Jesse B. Smith Court, add high-rack storage to Stone Mountain Industrial Park, $1,480,600.

3851 Emerson St., interior renovations for Chappell Child Development and day care center, $186,500, 4,800 square feet, Duckworth Construction. This will be the eighth Chappell center in Jacksonville.

4681 Lenoir Ave. S., add bumpouts to exterior of Hampton Inn, $81,000, Excalibur Builders.

12740 Gran Bay Parkway, interior alterations at Kimley-Horn, $197,750, 8,144 square feet, C. Harrison Construction.

9660 Argyle Forest Blvd., interior build-out for Mattress Firm, $39,985, 3,500 square feet, Damico Building Group.

11111 San Jose Blvd., interior remodel for Sola Salon Studios, $488,900, 5,560 square feet, Ron Alderman Construction.

3563 Philips Highway, alterations and repairs to Baptist Health, $384,593, 13,927 square feet, Adams Interior Contractors.

100 E Forsyth St.., enlarge restrooms for ADA compliance and other work for Azucena Corner Deli, $6,000, 1,100 square feet, Combined Industries., (904) 359-4296