Business Brief: Developers Say East San Marco Could Open By Year-End 2021

Stores could be open for business by the end of 2021 at East San Marco.

Those include a 40,000-square-foot Publix supermarket, larger than initially designed, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

That announcement drew applause at a town hall meeting Thursday night from San Marco residents and visitors who been prepared for the 28,000-square-foot model.

The Publix store is designed on the second floor of a two-story building over ground-floor covered parking. It will have four elevators that each can accommodate four to five shopping carts.

There also will be stairs for shoppers.

The store will include a dining area with inside seating and outdoor seats on a second-floor balcony.

The estimated 200 meeting attendees had expected East San Marco to be completed by now, but the project was delayed by ownership changes, the economy and the sudden withdrawal by a residential developer.

Developer Regency Centers Corp. adjusted the plans and presented them to the town hall meeting Thursday at Southside Baptist Church near the site.

The developers say East San Marco at Atlantic Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue will feature restaurants, shops, multifamily housing and a Publix supermarket.
Credit Via Jacksonville Daily Record

An expanded version of this story that includes an interview with District 5 City Councilwoman LeAnna Cumber, renderings and additional details about the shopping center is at JaxDailyRecord.com.