Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Regency Gayfers Expansion Expected to Start Next Month

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Regency Gayfers Expansion Expected to Start Next Month

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Gayfers is about to begin a long-awaited expansion and

remodeling of its department store in the Regency Square mall.

City officials are looking over recent site plans Gayfers filed

to expand its Regency store. Site plan review typically is the

last step before a building permit.

With the expansion, the department store will grow from 120,000

square feet to 180,000 square feet. Most of the new space will

be used to expand the men's and women's sportswear departments

as well as the cosmetics department.

Store manager Steve Hyrne said he expects construction to begin

in July and take nearly two years to complete.

"We're making room for more merchandise," Hyrne said. "We're

really looking forward to this. We'll be able to serve the

community much better."

Also at Regency Square, Charlotte Russe plans to open one of

its young women's clothing stores in August.

The nearly 7,500-square-foot store will be the first one for

the San Diego-based chain to open outside the West. It operates

37 stores in California and Arizona.

Charlotte Russe targets its selection of trendy and career

apparel to women, ages 18 to 35, said Jacqueline Campbell,

marketing director.

The chain plans to double in size over the next several years,

Campbell said.

Construction is under way on a Cross Creek Barbeque & Steakhouse

to open in the former Italian Oven on Youngerman Circle in

Argyle, near Blanding Boulevard and Interstate 295.

The 220-seat restaurant will open in July, said Jim Clemons,

president of Cross Creek and a longtime Jacksonville

restaurateur.

Clemons opened his first restaurant on Lane Avenue in January

1995. He plans to open a third restaurant in the Regency area

early next year.

"Cross Creek has been a very successful concept for us on Lane

Avenue. We think the chain should be expanded," Clemons said.

Despite all the competition from restaurants on nearby Wells

Road in Orange Park, Clemons said the site for his second

restaurant is "a very good piece of real estate. It should be a

very good second location for us. …

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