Close Beach Blvd. Kmart Being Converted To Drive-Thru Self-Storage
The city issued a permit Feb. 10 for Rapid Building Solutions LLC to build-out the closed Beach Boulevard Kmart for a drive-thru self-storage at a project cost of $3.36 million.Partners affiliated with the Florida-based self-storage construction company bought the store at 5751 Beach Blvd. in early 2020 to introduce the concept, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.
The permit is for 125,632 square feet of interior build-out.
Wayne Brodrick, vice president of sales and operations for Rapid Building Solutions, said in February 2020 that his group estimates a $7 million investment in the purchase and renovation.
Before the pandemic, he expected it to open last summer. COVID-19 led to shutdowns in March.
“This building is going to look first-class,” he said then.
He said the building will be renovated into a drive-thru self-storage facility. Customers will enter the building through a remote-access high-speed commercial rollup door, drive to the unit and drive out when completed.
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