Business Brief: Southern Grounds Plans Location at Shoppes Of Avondale

Property owner-developer Edward Skinner Jones wants to demolish and rebuild a structure in the Shoppes of Avondale and open the area’s third Southern Grounds & Co. coffee shop.

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reports Jones, through Avondale Sogro LLC, bought the 7,200-square-foot building at 3562 St. Johns Ave. for $763,000 in November.

He applied to the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission for a certificate of appropriateness to demolish the building, which was developed in 1958, and construct a coffee bar, a wine bar, a market and tenant space intended as an art gallery.

The first two Southern Grounds, in Neptune Beach and the San Marco area, also serve beer and wine.

Google Street View of the property Southern Grounds Plans to develop

“Avondale lends itself to being a community gathering space,” Jones said of the historic neighborhood. “People can walk here, they can ride their bikes. We felt like it was a good fit.”

He expects the shop, which will be next to Biscottis Restaurant, to open next year.

An expanded version of this story that includes more background on the venture, including the proposed floor plan, is at