Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fleming Island Stein Mart's Closing Is the First of Up to 13

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fleming Island Stein Mart's Closing Is the First of Up to 13

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Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN

Fleming Island residents continue to reel at the news Stein Mart is closing its Eagle Harbor store at the end of September.

"Oh, I can't believe it. I could just cry," said customer Kate Merritt. "I always knew I could go in there and find just what I wanted. But I guess this is just a sign of the really bad economic times we are in."

Indeed, Stein Mart cited the sluggish times as a main culprit for the closing. The store at County Road 220 and U.S. 17 was "underperforming," said spokeswoman Susan Datz Edelman.

The 37,000-square-foot store is one of about 10-13 stores Jacksonville-based Stein Mart will close in coming months, she said. The approximate 45 employees were told of the decision last week, Edelman said. Stein Mart hopes to absorb those employees into its ranks.

The store will start a "going out of business" sale this coming week.

BISTRO HOSTS ITS GRAND OPENING

O'Danny Boy's Bistro promises to serve up an "eclectic" menu of entertainment and cuisine from its newly opened Green Cove Springs venue, and it plans to showcase both at its grand opening this weekend.

Two popular area performers will appear at the all-day grand opening ceremonies today. Green Cove Springs's Pam Affronti will sing from noon to 3 p.m., and the Dot Wilder Trio from Jacksonville will perform from 7 to 10 p.m.

But entertainment won't be the only thing on tap at the new bistro at Orange Avenue and Palmer Street. Owner Daniel Beaulieu - known as "Mr. B" to his family and friends - said his menu is "all-American" for the most part, but features a wide array of unique dishes.

"It's an eclectic menu, with everything from honey-glazed salmon [on a salad] to shish-ka-bobs to seafood pizza," he said.

And more often than not, a dash of his own French-Canadian upbringing (he's a native of Montreal) might subtly reveal itself in his culinary creations, as well as in the details of the family-owned business. …

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