In the News | Mandarin Landing Makeover in Review

Permits are in review for the redeveloped and reconfigured Mandarin Landing shopping center in Jacksonville.

The center, owned by Jacksonville-based Regency Centers Corp., is on 17.3 acres at 10601 San Jose Blvd., at Hartley Road north of Interstate 295.

Regency Centers is removing about 20,500 square feet of space and adding up to 16,800 square feet among two new buildings. The total center is 140,021 square feet.

England-Thims & Miller Inc. is the civil engineer. Design Cooperative LLC is the architect.

A before and after view of the proposed facade renovation at the Kirkland’s Home and Enza’s portion of the Mandarin Landing shopping center.

The city is reviewing permit applications for:

• Facade renovations for the Baptist Health Building 6 in the closed Office Depot at an estimated project cost of $1 million. 

• Facade renovations for Buildings 2 and 3 at an estimated cost of $500,000. 

• New shell Building 5, a 9,800-square-foot structure, and new pad 4 for development of a building, both at a combined estimated $1.5 million. The shell building, with a proposed patio for outdoor seating, is next to Whole Foods Market. Part of it will be leased to Another Broken Egg Cafe. The pad for Building 4, up to 7,000 square feet, is next to the Firestone along Hartley Road.

On May 30, the city issued a permit for demolition of the existing 20,470-square-foot Building 5 at a project cost of $2,400. Jacksonville-based Realco Recycling Co. Inc. is the contractor. The building is between Whole Foods and the closed Office Depot.

Baptist Health plans to open a primary care office in the former Office Depot in the reconfigured Mandarin Landing shopping center.

In March, Regency Centers said anchor tenant Whole Foods Market is completing a renovation there.

Baptist Health said it is relocating two Mandarin medical offices into the 24,650-square-foot former Office Depot building with a targeted opening in early 2024. Plans include adding a Baptist Health specialty practice.

Patrick McKinley, Jacksonville-based Regency Centers Corp. senior vice president and senior market officer, said March 3 that the center’s layout will be reconfigured by demolishing retail space next to the former Office Depot, which closed in November 2020, and building new space next to Whole Foods.

Regency Centers said a portion of the parking lot will be modified and there will be landscape changes to improve customer connectivity and enhance traffic patterns “for easily and safely visiting shops and restaurants.”

Regency Centers Corp. intends to add a restaurant and retail building to the Mandarin Landing shopping center.

“An upcoming complete façade renovation will also bring a fresh look and updated aesthetics to the plaza,” McKinley said.

“Whole Foods will be completing an interior remodel with a focus on an enhanced shopping experience, and Baptist Health will add a new, large format medical facility (in the former Office Depot space), with multiple practices to better serve their patients and customers in Mandarin and the greater Jacksonville communities.”

McKinley said Regency hopes to announce a new restaurant soon that will be added to a portion of the parking lot closest to San Jose Boulevard.

England-Thims & Miller Inc. submitted civil engineering plans to the city Feb. 27. 

Whole Foods opened the 51,701-square-foot Mandarin store in 2008. 

The center also is anchored by Kirkland’s Home and Enza’s Italian Restaurant.

McKinley said the shopping center will remain similar or slightly smaller in size with the reconfiguration.

Property records show the center was built in phases starting in 1976 through 2008.

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