Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fleming Island Eyes Three to Five More Anchors

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fleming Island Eyes Three to Five More Anchors

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The co-developers of the Fleming Island Shopping Center in Clay

County say they are trying to line up three to five large anchor

tenants to add another 200,000 square feet to the center.

John Joyce, a regional partner with Faison & Associates, said

he hopes to announce new anchor tenants for the center by the

end of the year. Construction would begin in the spring of 1998,

and the new stores would open in late 1998, Joyce said.

Joyce would like to add a discount retailer, home improvement

center and other major tenants to the 3-year-old center,

anchored by a Publix supermarket. Among the potential tenants

Joyce has approached is Target Stores.

"Target has seen the site. They do like the corner," Joyce

said.

He said Target officials told him they would like to see more

homes built in the area before they pursue further plans.

Target spokeswoman Lisa Woodward said Target is in a period of

high growth but it does not discuss preliminary plans for

potential stores.

Faison & Associates and Delta Shamrock Enterprises codeveloped

the Center. John O'Connor, president of Delta Shamrock, said

the expansion plans are too premature to discuss.

Mandarin has a new natural and health foods store.

Erica and Arron Gottlieb held a grand opening over the weekend

for Native Sun, the natural foods store they opened in February

at 10000 San Jose Blvd.

The Gottliebs opened Native Sun because of their interest in

natural and organic foods. "It's our lifestyle. It's what we

love. We just thought there was a real need for it here," said

Erica Gottlieb. "A lot of people come in here and say they miss

Carrot Tops."

In September 1994, Carrot Tops Inc. closed after nearly 2 1/2

years of business operating a large natural and organic foods

store in a grocery store format. While the store carried a lot

of hard-to-find items, shoppers said the store's prices were too

expensive.

The 5,000-square-foot Native Sun carries a variety of

vegetarian foods, organic produce, herbs, vitamins and other

products.

Other health food stores in Mandarin include General Nutrition

Center, Good Earth Market and Health Source.

Orlando-based Cypress Hotel Management Co. plans to open an

adjoining Denny's and Riley's Irish Pub near St. Augustine's

historic district.

Construction will begin in early April, and the restaurants are

scheduled to open in early July at 1300 Ponce De Leon Blvd. The

Denny's will seat 131 diners and the Riley's will seat 40

patrons.

Cypress is opening the new restaurants because of St.

Augustine's draw from across North and Central Florida. "We

looked at the market area as being very exciting," said Larry

Walker, president of Cypress Hotel Management Co. …

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