• New store opening shows growth with southside shopping center

    By: Elizabeth Pace , Action News Jax

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville’s southside has seen significant growth and development in the past several years, a large portion of that includes retail in and around the Town Center. It continues to grow with the announcement of a new store at the Market at Town Center.

    Dozens of shoppers waited in line for the opening day of Sprouts Farmers Market. It fills the vacancy Best Buy left behind.

    “We came here for the opening day, we’ve been here since 7 a.m., just looking at all the different things they have to offer,” shopper Lauren Weita said.

    “We live nearby so it’s nice to have sustainably sourced food near us as opposed to having to drive all the way to Whole Foods,” Shopper Taryn Johnson said.

    Before Sprouts, this building lost two major retails in recent years, Best Buy and Toys R Us. Shoppers said they were glad to see new options come to a popular shopping center.

    “There’s so much more available for us to access in such a convenient area,” Weita said. “They’ve done a lot with the roads so it’s not as congested as it used to be.”

    Action News Jax has reported on other brick-and-mortar shops closing at this shopping center in the past few years. Some filed for bankruptcy while other companies said they could not compete with online sales.



    A partner of the shopping center, Stephanie McCullough said the shopping center continues to thrive and vacancies won’t last forever.

    “It’s really not an issue of any weakness in the market and we’re actually negotiating on the majority of the vacancies with tenants that would be an upgrade to the tenant mix,” McCullough said.

    McCullough could not confirm who they were negotiating with but said she would notify Action News Jax when the deal becomes final.

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