Sawgrass Village Redevelopment Set To Commence This Month


Jacksonville, FL (January 2013) The much-anticipated initial redevelopment of Sawgrass Village is set to commence this month. Officials of Publix Supermarkets, CVS/pharmacy, Genesis Real Estate Advisers and Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC announce they have finalized their agreements and are ready to begin work. All of the necessary permits have been issued and redevelopment of the center is set to begin before the end of January. The first noticeable sign of the redevelopment will come when Publix Supermarkets closes its doors on its existing 39,000 sf grocery store on January 12th. Publix’s closing will make way for the demolition of its store later that month, followed by the construction of a new 49,000 sf state-of-the-art Publix Supermarket. Plans call for a grand opening of the new Publix by early December 2013. The existing CVS Pharmacy will continue to operate in its current location while its new Pharmacy is being constructed adjacent to the new Publix. Once complete, CVS will move from their current store and seamlessly open in their new location in the fall of 2013.

Genesis was hired to plan, coordinate, and implement the redevelopment of Sawgrass Village. “Our shop merchants have patiently waited over the years hoping for the day someone would breathe new life into Sawgrass Village. They have been incredible to work with and are all very pleased with their new locations and the improvements we’ve already begun making to the property, “said Steve Tart, Managing Director of Genesis. “And we are already busy working to accommodate interest from a number of new merchants and restaurants eager to be a part of the new center.”

The newly aligned entry drive will be open prior to this year’s TPC Tournament and will be a big boon to the center. Once CVS opens in their new location their current store will be raised to make way for 16,000 square feet of new main street shops. The new shops will be completed and open for business by spring 2014.

“We appreciate the loyal support our customers have shown our Sawgrass Village Publix store over the years” said Dwaine Stevens of Publix Supermarkets. “Closing a store is never easy, but it was the only way we could continue to best serve our customers for the many years to come. We look forward to all the improvements planned for Sawgrass Village and the opening of our new Publix store featuring more natural, organic, unique and prepared food choices in the Publix’s tradition of great customer care.”

“With the new design and improvements, we anticipate Sawgrass Village returning as the true hub of shopping and dining in Ponte Vedra”, shared Gay and Cliff Brown, owners of Wickets and Wickets Kids. “We are excited to have such a professional team involved in this project as we kick off our 30th year in business. Our thanks go out to all participating in making these changes and especially to our loyal long time customers for their continued support…Let the bulldozers begin.”

Reaching this point required a careful coordination of many different interested parties and making sure the disruption to retailers during their critical Easter, The Players Club Tournament, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holiday seasons was just part of the challenge.  The center’s new architectural style will pay particular attention to the overall pedestrian shopping experience. Plans for Phase II are currently being reviewed by the Sawgrass Players Club Home Owners Association. Once completed, the final product is envisioned to be a walk-able, vibrant, exciting “people place” that brings a true shopping district to the Ponte Vedra community.

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