Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mystery Company Eyes Southside

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mystery Company Eyes Southside

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Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer

More details are surfacing about a prospective corporate expansion into Jacksonville described as an eventual 100-job operation targeting Southside, including the Deerwood Park area.

We told you in early January that a California entity was acquired by an international company and needed a 25,000-square-foot East Coast office that would open about April. Sources have declined to identify the company, citing confidentiality agreements.

Now we hear that the company is considering South Jacksonville for an operation that would start with about 30 people and expand from there. We hear it would open in up to 10,000 square feet of space and grow into 22,000 square feet.

We hear that the start date is May or June.

As for the type of company, it has been described as a hybrid servicing-high technology company. Also, the Jacksonville center might be a divisional headquarters.

We're told the company has associated with two people in Jacksonville considered key to the organization's expansion here.

When it comes to location, we understand that the company is focusing on sites between the Beaches and Southside Boulevard, which is a large area that incorporates Deerwood Park, at Butler and Southside boulevards, and the many other office developments in that area.

Also, we understand the prospect is separate from the potential 100-job corporate headquarters that Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Vice Chairman Michael Huyghue hinted at last week.

In a presentation to the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, Huyghue announced that a company he would not identify was considering a relocation and that he hoped "to say more in the near future."

He had earlier confirmed the speculation about the 100-job headquarters-type office but said only that "time will tell" whether Jacksonville landed the prospect. …

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