Beaches Construction Update: September 2011

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Here's a look at new businesses, closings, and renovations this month in the Jacksonville - Neptune- Atlantic Beaches area.

Plaza on 3rd St. N. and 10th Ave. N.

A Fred Astaire dance studio went into the old Fiji Tan spot in the ever-changing plaza across from Mellow Mushroom.

Glitz jewelry store next door.

Animal Clinic

A new animal clinic has appeared in a long-vacant former physician office on 4th St. N. and 11th Ave. N. The extent of their services are unknown.

Fifth Third Bank

The snazzy new branch opens soon off Atlantic Boulevard in front of the newer Publix plaza.

There are other new branches going up, including one on Kernan and Beach Boulevards, with alike design.

Extensive landscape work has been done around the branch and parking lot.

Beaches Town Center

Turtle Island Foods

The natural foods market has closed shop.

Poe's Tavern

The restaurant is finally up and running!

The large bar area is designed to function inside and outside simultaneously.

Outside patio seating.

The dining area on opening week.

Inside photos courtesy of:

M Shack

The upcoming establishment has not made any progress since the last update.

Tires Plus

A new location is under construction off Atlantic Blvd., just past San Pablo.

First Watch

The "daytime cafe" chain is now open in the South Beach Parkway Plaza off A1A. The one in Mandarin is also now open, and a third restaurant is in the works for 2012 in the Hodges Point Plaza at the intersection of Beach and Hodges Boulevards.

Thai Room

The popular Thai restaurant has closed recently. There're reports that business was slowing due to new competing restaurants.

Chizu Japanese Steakhouse

The long-running popular restaurant closed its doors last Saturday after 28 years. Raises in rent caused the owner's to go through with the decision.


This new middle eastern dining spot is projected to open soon on Seminole Rd. right off Atlantic Blvd.

**Parking News**

More parking spaces are coming to the Beaches Town Center, and even though only several spaces are being considered, the shopping area is already overloaded.
The City Commission approved adding six spaces to the Atlantic Beach side of Town Center Monday, which also extends south into Neptune Beach along the foot of Atlantic Boulevard.
The six spaces will be immediately added to the north of the M Shack restaurant, which is under construction where the BookMark bookstore used to be, on Atlantic Boulevard near First Street. The interior of the lot will be restriped to provide room for the additional spaces. In addition, parking for motorcycles will be added.

We are prone to miss things sometimes. If you know of other ongoing construction, please feel free to share.

Article by Sarah Gojekian.