Residents waited about 18 years for the first shovelful to be turned on the construction of the East San Marco shopping center anchored by a new Publix supermarket built on top of a parking lot.
The project – which also includes a separate Publix liquor store, Orangetheory fitness center, and other retail stores – is well underway at the corner of Hendricks Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard in historic San Marco in Jacksonville.
“The provisional opening date is scheduled for the end of the second quarter [second quarter] of 2022, ”Chris Norberg, community relations manager for the Jacksonville division of Publix, said in an email to The Times-Union.
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Norberg declined to comment on the supermarket’s planned amenities.
Previously released plans show the 38,294-square-foot supermarket will be above a first-floor parking garage. Escalators will take shoppers to the grocery store.
Publix officials said in 2019 that the East San Marco store would be the first in Jacksonville built above a parking structure. But there are several with a similar design in the supermarket chain’s multi-state service area, they said.
Eric Davidson, a spokesperson for developer Regency Centers, told The Times-Union that construction on the project is going well.
“We are still on schedule to complete our construction after the summer of next year,” he said. “At this point, we will then hand over our spaces to our new tenants, who can then update how long their construction will take. ”
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Right now, the concrete block is rising, but there is still a lot of work to be done, Davidson said, noting that despite the weather and the COVID-19 pandemic “we are still on schedule.”
Davidson said Regency Centers is in talks with potential tenants and concepts to join Publix and Orangetheory in East San Marco, but nothing has been finalized and ready to announce.
The project has been in operation since the early 2000s. The recession as well as the withdrawal of a residential development partner were among the factors cited over the years for the repeated delays.
Finally, a groundbreaking ceremony held on February 16 kicked off construction.
In addition to the supermarket, the project also includes a 1,430 square foot Publix liquor store and another 18,800 square foot “shell” retail or restaurant space for other tenants, according to building permits. and project plans.
Publix East of San Marco
- Address: 2039 avenue Hendricks, at the intersection of avenue Hendricks and boulevard Atlantic
- Publix Planned Completion: Second Quarter 2022
- Estimated overall completion of the shopping center: summer 2022
- Total estimated initial cost: $ 9.7 million
- Site area: 3.25 acres
- Tenants with signed leases: Publix and Orangetheory Fitness
- State of construction: exterior concrete block walls are in place and infrastructure work is underway
- Developer: Regency Centers
- Contractor: Construction J. Raymond