Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Video Stores Bringing an Eyeful to Jacksonville

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Video Stores Bringing an Eyeful to Jacksonville

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New video stores soon will be popping up all over Jacksonville.

Newcomer Hollywood Entertainment Corp. plans to open two next

month and is looking for space to open an additional eight

stores, said Brian Platock.

"Jacksonville is a very good video rental market," said

Platock, the CB Commercial Real Estate broker handling leases

for Hollywood.

The first Hollywood Video store will open at 11111 San Jose

Blvd. in a former Camelot Music store and a second store will

follow at 7121 Merrill Road in a former Checkers restaurant,

Platock said.

Meanwhile, Jacksonville-based Mega Video plans to open four more

stores by May and is looking for space to open an additional

four stores, said owner Bruce Nosrat.

Mega Video plans to open a store in Arlington by May; at Cassat

Avenue and Normandy Boulevard in June; in front of the Mandarin

Emporium in June; and in front of the Roosevelt Mall in

September, Nosrat said.

And area developers say industry giant Blockbuster

Entertainment Group plans to open video stores this month in the

new Publix Plaza Shopping Center on Merrill Road and at the new

University Pointe center on West University Boulevard.

A Blockbuster spokesman said he could not confirm those plans.

But spokesman Errol Gayle did say that Blockbuster plans to

open video stores in late April at 1014 Margaret St. in

Riverside and on Arlington Road between Lone Star and King

Arthur roads.

Meanwhile, developer Toney Sleiman said a Blockbuster Video

store will open in a portion of the former Normandy Mall he is

renovating into a strip shopping center.

As for all the new video competition opening in Jacksonville,

Blockbuster isn't concerned. "We felt that Blockbuster has what

it takes to be at the top and to stay at the top," Gayle said.

Chicago-based Coastal Hotel Group has taken over management of

the Sea Turtle Inn in Atlantic Beach.

Also this month, a Chicagobased limited partnership affiliated

with Coastal bought the hotel for $12. …

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