Business Brief: St. Johns Town Center Prepares For A Phase 4 Expansion

Almost 15 years after opening St. Johns Town Center, owners are preparing for a fourth phase at the Southside shopping center that includes a theater, hotel and additional retail space.

A multistory building for Restoration Hardware also is proposed at St. Johns Town Center that could be part of the project.

Separately, a news report shows that Pinstripes Bowling Bocce Bistro is interested in a Jacksonville location, but no site was specified.

St. Johns Town Center is at northwest Butler Boulevard and Interstate 295.

Plans show a four-parcel fourth phase, primarily east of True Food Kitchen, J. Alexander’s and the shops that include Tesla, Apple and Urban Outfitters.

The phase is south of Dick’s Sporting Goods.

The land primarily is undeveloped or used for parking, although one parcel is an expansion of an existing building.

Plans show four fourth-phase parcels on 41.02 acres, comprising:

• A 600-seat, 36,000-square-foot theater on Parcel 1, east of Shops V and W, which are the stores generally from Urban Outfitters to Coach. No brand is identified. That size theater is smaller than the new ones in the area, such as the 1,348-seat, 14-screen, 55,428-square-foot Cinemark planned at Kernan and Atlantic boulevards. Smaller specialty theaters tend to focus on the upscale dinner-and-a-movie concept with luxury seating.

• A 43,000-square-foot building on Parcel 2, south of the theater and east of the restaurants and the Tesla building. Its tenant use – retail or entertainment – was not specified.

• A 118-room, 72,000-square-foot hotel on Parcel 3 in front of the Uptown at St. Johns apartments at 5290 Big Island Drive. No hotel brand is identified.

• A 15,300-square-foot addition to a 14,700-square-foot building near Nordstrom Inc.

There also appears to be space remaining for surface parking.

Potential tenant names have surfaced. For more on that part of the story, along with parcel aerial photos and a look at how the St. Johns Town Center has become a magnet for new retailers, see the expanded version of this story at