Jacobs Engineering Pushes For $550M Downtown Jacksonville Convention Center

2 hours ago
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A development team led by Jacobs Engineering Group resubmitted a $550 million unsolicited proposal to the city for a convention center at The Ford on Bay site as the Downtown Investment Authority prepares to vote on rejecting the proposal July 15.

Promenade Shopping Center On Beach Blvd. To Get $5M Upgrade

Jul 14, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Hakimian Holdings Inc. intends to start upgrading the Promenade Shopping Center in the fourth quarter for full conversion into the Gates of the Promenade, add more retail space and sell some of the property for apartments.

Sign inside Disney store door

Another store at the St. Johns Town Center has apparently permanently closed.

Ted S. Warren / 2018 Associated Press file photo

Amazon has announced it has signed three new leases across Florida, including one in Jacksonville for the former Kmart building at 4645 Blanding Blvd. on the city’s Westside.

Developer Pays $2.6M For JEA HQ Site; Groundbreaking Set For September

Jul 1, 2020
Rendering of JEA's new headquarters.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A Minneapolis-based developer closed on 1.5 acres to build JEA’s next corporate headquarters in Downtown Jacksonville.

The Bogey Grille
The Bogey Grille / Via Facebook

Bogey Grille, which has been a fixture in Ponte Vedra Beach for more than 16 years, will be going out of business later this week.

Paul Sancya / Associated Press

The nation's largest movie theater chain is delaying its U.S. reopening until the end of July because film companies have postponed release dates of two anticipated blockbusters.

An artist's rendering of the Lofts at Murray Hill at at 840 Edgewood Ave. S.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city approved a permit June 25 for the $14 million construction of the Lofts at Murray Hill apartments.

Man pumps gas
Tony Dejak / Associated Press file photo

Gas prices are likely to remain low during the summer travel season in Florida.

Steven Senne / Associated Press

The Microsoft Store at the St. Johns Town Center is permanently closing, along with the seven other stores it operates across Florida.

Ryan Ketterman / Via Winn-Dixie

Jacksonville-based supermarket chain Winn-Dixie is getting national attention due to its name. The word “Dixie” is a nickname for the Civil War-era South. 

Jacksonville Beach 2019 file photo

A study out this week by Blacktower Financial Management Group ranked Florida at the top of the 50 states for retirees in 2020.

City Council Approves $16.54M for 72 Businesses, Nonprofits

Jun 24, 2020

The Jacksonville City Council approved spending $16.54 million to help 72 nonprofit and for-profit businesses suffering revenue losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo of Stein Mart's corporate headquarters on the Jacksonville Southbank.

Jacksonville-based Stein Mart’s future is looking bleak, according to the annual report the department store chain has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Ruby Beach Says It Will Be Able To Begin Brewing In Downtown Jax Within Weeks

Jun 19, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city is reviewing a building permit application for the site of Ruby Beach Brewing Co. at 228 E. Forsyth St. Downtown.

Jacksonville Daily Record

There could be new life for an old mall and a new beat in the heart of Arlington’s retail center.

Folio Weekly cover photo of John Phillips

Jacksonville’s alternative weekly newspaper is making a comeback.

DDR Board Signs Off On Smaller Downtown Jacksonville JEA Headquarters

Jun 15, 2020
This drawing shows the west elevation of the smaller JEA headquarters design.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

In a special meeting May 21, the JEA board unanimously approved plans for a six-story headquarters with 153,000 rentable square feet, and amended a lease agreement with Ryan to reduce the utility’s gross rent cost by $27 million over 15 years and lower construction costs by $10 million to $14 million.

DIA Committee Approves Independent Life Building Redevelopment Grant

Jun 11, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Augustine Development Group’s request for a $3 million Historic Preservation Trust Fund grant to redevelop the Independent Life Building will move to the full Downtown Investment Authority board for final approval.

DIA’s Strategic Implementation Committee voted unanimously June 11 to approve the term sheet for the grant, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Lowe's Posts Jobs For North Jacksonville Distribution Center

Jun 10, 2020
Freebird Commerce Center.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Lowe’s Companies Inc. appears to be working toward opening a distribution warehouse in Freebird Commerce Center in North Jacksonville.


It’s looking more likely that the Republican National Convention will be moved to Jacksonville in August.

Jacksonville Only Area In FL To Show Construction Jobs Rise Between March, April

Jun 8, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville is the only metropolitan statistical area in Florida to show a rise in construction employment between March and April, the height of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

Anne D'Innocenzio / AP File photo

  J.C. Penney, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, has announced its Regency Square Mall store in Jacksonville is among 154 stores closing nationwide.

Gov. DeSantis Says Bars, Movie Theaters Can Reopen Friday

Jun 3, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis
The Florida Channel

Bars, tattoo shops and movie theaters can partially reopen Friday in most of the state, as Gov. Ron DeSantis moves into the second phase of his plan to revive the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

52 JAA Employees Accept Voluntary Separations After JAX Airport Sees 95% Drop

Jun 3, 2020
Officials discussed the impact of COVID-19 on passenger traffic at Jacksonville International Airport on Tuesday.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Following a 95% decline in passenger volumes because of COVID-19, Jacksonville International Airport is postponing its Concourse B expansion.

exterior of the building
Jacksonville Daily Record

GuideWell is hiring is hiring 1,200 licensed health insurance agents to prepare for the fall open enrollment period. 

The Rosen Group / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Church of Eleven22 is moving ahead with plans to open a North Jacksonville campus at Oceanway Crossing in North Jacksonville.

Forcura To Add 115 Jobs, Expand Jacksonville Headquarters

May 28, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville-based Forcura announced May 27 it will add 115 jobs by the end of 2022 and open a new headquarters in the city with help from an economic development agreement Project Graph, which City Council unanimously approved in March.

Winn-Dixie's Neptune Beach location is pictured.

Four former Lucky's Markets and four former Earth Fare stores in Florida, including one in Jacksonville, will become Winn-Dixies.

Duval County's 11.3% Unemployment Rate Less Than State's

May 26, 2020
Downtown Jacksonville
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

As bad as the unemployment numbers are, the Jacksonville metropolitan area’s four big counties are all doing better than the state as a whole.