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While many businesses have slowed down or been ground to a halt by COVID-19, one that is getting a boost is the digital notary business.

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Publix says it will begin installing plexiglass barriers at its cash registers to protect workers and customers from the coronavirus.

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Hugh’s Riverside Automotive, in the city’s Brooklyn neighborhood on Chelsea Street,  has been a fixture in Jacksonville for 70 years.

"Sorry We're Closed" sign
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Jobless claims are spiking in Florida as many vital tourism and entertainment-related businesses have closed or limited services as the state struggles to combat the novel coronavirus.

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While many workers on the First Coast, especially those in the hospitality industry, are finding themselves suddenly struggling; a handful of the largest retailers are upping wages and hiring. intends to convert the closed Kmart at 4645 Blanding Blvd. into a last-mile delivery center.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record won the green light to build-out its last-mile delivery center at the former Kmart store along Blanding Boulevard at a project cost of $12 million.


Jacksonville’s housing industry is another piece of the economy that could soon look different due to COVID-19.

Fresh produce was sparse Saturday morning, March 14, at the Deerwood Lakes Publix.
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Supermarkets across the First Coast have plans in place to keep the food and supplies flowing, despite demand surges on some items, and many are giving older shoppers time alone in the store before doors open to the general public.

Southern Swells Brewing Co.

  As COVID-19 shutdowns take effect all over the state of Florida, local restaurants, bars and other small businesses have been seriously impacted. 

Norstrom at the St. Johns Town Center.
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Nordstrom has announced it is temporarily closing all its stores in the U.S. and Canada, including Nordstrom at the St. Johns Town Center and Nordstrom Rack at The Markets at Town Center.

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Plunging prices at the gas pump are expected to continue this week.

GA Developer Seeks DDR Approval For Apartment, Retail, Restaurant Project

Mar 6, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A Georgia developer seeks conceptual design approval for The Doro apartment, retail and restaurant community from the Downtown Development Review Board.

Business Brief: Cordish Executive Shares New Details, Renderings Of Lot J, Shipyards

Mar 5, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan's proposed $2.5 billion Lot J and Jacksonville Shipyards development is a starting point for two decades of development in Downtown's Sports and Entertainment District, said The Cordish Companies Chief Operating Officer Zed Smith.

R.M. Bealls Closing Its Regency Area Store

Mar 3, 2020
Pictured: A closing sale sign is posted above the entrance to R.M. Bealls  at 860 Commerce Center Drive.
Jacksonville Daily Record

R.M. Bealls posted a “closing sale” sign on its door at Southside Commons less than a half-year after the location converted from a traditional Bealls department store.

A worker carries supplies for a new house in this 2019 file photo.
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Buying a house in Jacksonville continues to be out of reach for many, with a new study highligting just how much debt can get in the way of home ownership.

Business Brief: First Baptist Church Denied Demolition For Downtown Building

Feb 27, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission voted Wednesday to deny First Baptist Church a permit to demolish its Downtown building at 125 W. Church St., but the fate of the structure may not yet be decided.

City Council Approves Park Place At San Marco Apartments

Feb 26, 2020
A rendering of Park Place at San Marco apartments.
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Plans to redevelop a section of the South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church property into the Park Place at San Marco apartments was approved Feb. 25 by City Council. 

Simon Properties Announces RH Store To Be Built This Year At St. Johns Town Center

Feb 25, 2020
Picture of a RH  luxury home furnishings store
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

RH Jacksonville, The Gallery at St. Johns Town Center, will open in late 2020, mall owner Simon announced Tuesday.

$136 Million Spandrel Bid For The Ford On Bay Project Gets DIA Approval

Feb 24, 2020
Rendering: Spandrel Development Partners plans a two-phase project with 520 apartments and up to 74,000 square feet of retail space at the former Duval County Courthouse and City Hall annex sites.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A development agreement could go before the Downtown Investment Authority in April now that the DIA has unanimously approved a $136 million bid by New York-based Spandrel Development Partners LLC to build a mixed-use retail and multifamily development at The Ford on Bay. 

First Baptist Plans Lawsuit Opposing Landmark Designation For Building It Wants To Demolish

Feb 24, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

A Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission staff report could lead to a local landmark designation for a First Baptist Church building Downtown and halt its demolition.

Business Brief: Plan To Tackle Arlington Blight Through Zoning Nears Finish Line

Feb 21, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

A two-year push by some Arlington commercial property owners to cushion the financial impact of zoning code changes could be settled before March.

ShareMD Pays $67 Million For Southbank Tower Anchored By One Call, Baptist Health

Feb 21, 2020

Atlanta-based ShareMD, a medical office building owner and operator paid $67 million for Eight Forty One, the Southbank office tower anchored by One Call and Baptist Health.


It takes the average Jacksonville working renter 56 hours to earn enough money to pay the landlord.

Project Graph: Jax Company Wants $690,000 In Incentives To Create 115 Full-Time Jobs

Feb 20, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

City Council President Scott Wilson filed legislation Feb. 19 to approve taxpayer-backed incentives for code-named Project Graph to expand the company’s existing Jacksonville software design operation and create a regional headquarters.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Partners affiliated with Florida-based self-storage construction company Rapid Building Solutions LLC bought the closed Kmart store along Beach Boulevard to introduce a drive-thru experience.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Look for a face-life followed by renovation at the former Town & Country Shopping Center.

Jacksonville Daily Record

The discount grocery chain Save a Lot closed at least three stores in Northeast Florida since December, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Native Sun Natural Foods Market

Two organic supermarket chains from out of state are closing their doors in Jacksonville, which has helped open the door for Native Sun Natural Foods Market to take another run at the Jacksonville Beach grocery market.

The Party Shop

At its height, The Party Shop employed more than 100 people and its products were staples at birthday parties and Halloween bashes across Jacksonville.

Former Jaguar Will Open A New Avondale Coffee Shop

Feb 5, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Arrelious Benn has seen not only the inside of football stadiums in cities across the country but also coffee shops during his eight-year NFL career.