In the News | City Permits $21 million Southeast Toyota Distributors Warehouse Build-out in West Jacksonville

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The city issued a permit Aug. 4 for Evans General Contractors to make tenant improvements for Southeast Toyota Distributors LLC in Westlake Industrial Park at a job cost of $21 million.

Southeast Toyota bought Building 3 in March in Florida Gateway Logistics Park within Westlake. 

Evans General Contractors of Savannah, Georgia, will renovate the 426,562-square-foot building at 9909 Pritchard Road.

The permit cost boosts Southeast Toyota’s investment in the property to at least $60.5 million.

Southeast Toyota intends to consolidate its parts distribution there after having sold its Baymeadows buildings.

Jacksonville-based England-Thims & Miller Inc. is the civil engineer. Nelson Worldwide of Alpharetta, Georgia, is the architect.

Developers of Florida Gateway Logistics Park in Westlake Industrial Park sold Building 3 and expansion property to neighboring Southeast Toyota Distributors for almost $39.5 million.

Southeast Toyota paid $38.27 million for the building and $1.2 million for an expansion parcel of about 4.5 acres that would allow for another 100,000 square feet.

A rendering of the Southeast Toyota Distributors Building 3 Westlake distribution center.

Westlake Industrial Park is along Pritchard Road, west of Interstate 295, in far west Jacksonville.

Southeast Toyota owns and operates a Toyota processing and distribution facility on 250 acres at 9985 Pritchard Road next to Florida Gateway Logistics Park.

Southeast Toyota said there are 12 buildings totaling 381,413 square feet of space on the 250-acre site. 

It is part of a larger investment by Southeast Toyota Distributors in Jacksonville.

It is building a new processing center at the JaxPort Blount Island Marine Terminal while selling its Baymeadows buildings and leaving its JaxPort Talleyrand terminal property.

“We are in the midst of the largest investment in our history,” said Brent Sergot, president of Southeast Toyota Distributors, in a statement April 14.

“With the continued population migration to the Southeast, it is imperative that we continue to look for new ways to evolve our approach to best serve the Toyota dealers in our region.”

Eric Carter, group vice president of operations, said in a statement April 14 that Southeast Toyota Distributors is continuing its long-term commitment to growth in Jacksonville.

Developers of Florida Gateway Logistics Park in Westside Industrial Park sold Building 3 and expansion property to Southeast Toyota Distributors LLC.

“With Toyota’s continued development and success within our five-state footprint, it was time to modernize our facilities with the addition of a new parts distribution center in Westlake and a ground up state-of-the-art vehicle processing center with the Jacksonville Port Authority,” Carter said.

“This new location will expand our capacity while gaining us the ability to receive vehicles by rail and sea.” 

Southeast Toyota Distributors is part of Deerfield Beach-based JM Family Enterprises Inc., a privately held company founded in 1968 by automotive pioneer Jim Moran when he partnered with Toyota Motor Sales to help expand the automaker’s presence in the U.S. market. 

The site says Southeast Toyota Distributors is the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyotas.

It says vehicles manufactured in North America and Japan are processed at the company’s facilities in Jacksonville and in Commerce, Georgia. 

Southeast Toyota Distributors also supports dealers through regional sales and marketing, customer service, accessory development and sales, fleet sales and transportation and logistics.

Southeast Toyota Distributors said in April 2022 it would move its auto processing operations from JaxPort’s Talleyrand terminal to a new $36 million facility on an 88-acres site at the Blount Island terminal.

Jacksonville-based kasper architects + associates announced April 6 it is designing the new Southeast Toyota Distributors LLC vehicle processing facility at Blount Island. The news release said JE Dunn Construction will serve as construction manager along with the kasper team.

JM Family Enterprises sold two Deerwood Center warehouses April 14 for almost $34.5 million. Bain Capital Private Equity of Boston bought the properties.

Southeast Toyota uses those buildings as parts distribution centers. On April 27, JM Family Enterprises said it has occupied the Bayberry Road warehouses since 1978.

It will transition from the property in phases.

“With the expansion of the parts distribution center in Westlake, where we currently have processing and transportation operations, we continue to focus on expanding our future network capacity to better serve the 177 Toyota dealers and their customers within the region,” the company said.

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