JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – St. Johns County residents eagerly watching the growing development at The Pavilion at Durbin Park might be curious to know which retailers and restaurants will be calling it home.
The previously announced Walmart, which will be the first store to open next week, Home Depot and Cinemark movie theater will join a variety of retail stores including:
- Five Below
- Baptist Primary Care
- Heartland Dental
- Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
This phase of development, which is a joint venture partnership between Gate and Gatlin Development Company, will also feature a number of restaurants, including:
- Salsas Mexican Restaurant
- Tropical Smoothie
- Kazu Sushi
- Your Pie
- KeKe’s Café
- Jana Japanese Steakhouse
Gate and Gatlin announced that they have signed leases for 80 percent of the development’s 650,000 square feet of commercial space.
Gate is also in the process of building a convenience store and car wash within the development, both of which will open this winter.
“With the completion of Florida Route 9B interchange and complementing the growth in St. Johns County, we are excited that our plans for this phase of our dynamic shopping and entertainment destination are coming to fruition,” said Frank Gatlin III, CEO and president of Gatlin Development.
The Pavilion at Durbin Park is an 80-acre development within Durbin Park, a 1,600-acre, super-regional, mixed-used development in Northern St. Johns County along I-95 at the new 9B interchange.
The property, owned by Gate Petroleum Company, constitutes the largest contiguous area in St. Johns County planned for intensive commercial development. Future development phases will include additional retail and dining options, including Bass Pro Shops, as well as office space, multi-family housing and hotels.
Some people in Bartram Springs told News4Jax on Thursday that The Pavilion will offer more than just convenience.
"I'm excited. I'm hoping it will improve the property value of our home we actually purchased during the peak of the market. So we are still in the red," Elisa Simone said. "Racetrack Road was like a two-lane dirt road when I was in high school and there was nothing out here, so it's amazing to see how this city has sprawled south."
While most said they're happy about the new development, others said they're concerned about the potential for heavy traffic along Racetrack Road.
Gate and Gatlin Development have partnered with industry experts, The Shopping Center Group, which will serve as the leasing agent for the project. Those interested in more information on leasing opportunities should contact Stephanie McCullough at 904-899-0449 or Kelly Pulignano at 904-899-0446.