Monday, May 21, 2018
Business

Work to start on Trader Joe's in St. Petersburg within weeks

ST. PETERSBURG — Residents will soon see tangible evidence of Trader Joe's highly anticipated location on Fourth Street.

City officials have approved most of the permits for the specialty grocery store, which will be between 28th and 27th avenues N.

The chain still needs approval for demolition permits that will allow it to knock down the buildings that housed a handful of other businesses, including a couple of restaurants, a thrift store, a barbershop and a gym, said Rick Dunn, the city's top building official.

"We're reviewing them right now and should have them approved this week," Dunn said.

Once that is done, project officials expect demolition to start within weeks, said Lisa Brock, a spokeswoman for J Square Developers. Construction is slated to begin in mid March.

"For the last month or so, we've been clearing the lot," Brock said. "Everything is on schedule."

Trader Joe's #767, as it is referred to in construction plans submitted to the city, will have about 12,000 square feet. It will sit on the southwest corner of Fourth Street and 28th Avenue N.

In addition to Trader Joe's, plans submitted to the city show a secondary, 3,000-square-foot building on the property.

Brock said the space will house a Vitamin Shoppe across from a parking lot closer to 27th Avenue N.

Kristen Noakes-Fry, president of the Crescent Heights Neighborhood Association, said residents are excited about the project.

She praised the developer for being responsive to concerns about congestion and traffic. They already have another grocery store, the Fresh Market, close by at 2900 Fourth St. N.

"People are very interested in having another option," said Noakes-Fry, who bought a house in the neighborhood a little over 10 years ago. "These markets don't take biz away from each other. I think it can only help the neighborhood."

Brock said she did not know when Trader Joe's will open. The company did not respond to a request for comment but has said it would be this year.

Another location in Tampa is under construction.

Dunn said it is typical for stores like these to want to be open by the fall season.

"All indications are that they're anxious to get under way," Dunn said.

Kameel Stanley can be reached at [email protected], (727) 893-8643 or @cornandpotatoes on Twitter.

Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect the following correction: A new Trader Joe's store expected to open in St. Petersburg will be located on the southwest corner of Fourth Street and 28th Avenue N. A story Thursday had an incorrect location.

Comments
FPL parent wants to expand its Florida footprint with new purchase

FPL parent wants to expand its Florida footprint with new purchase

TALLAHASSEE ó The parent company of Florida utility giant Florida Power & Light announced Monday that it will buy the largest electricity producer in Northwest Florida, Gulf Power, in a $6.4 billion deal.Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy Inc. said in a...
Updated: 3 hours ago
One of Ybor Cityís most historic blocks about to see construction of four-story boutique hotel

One of Ybor Cityís most historic blocks about to see construction of four-story boutique hotel

TAMPA ó Developers are poised to launch construction this week on one of Ybor Cityís biggest new projects in years ó a four-story, $50 million boutique hotel being created by a Chicago company that seeks out neighborhoods rich in color and character....
Updated: 5 hours ago
Shoppers begin Publix boycott as chain continues supporting Adam Putnam for governor

Shoppers begin Publix boycott as chain continues supporting Adam Putnam for governor

Publix has been Floridaís favorite grocery chain for decades ó but some shoppers are turning their backs on the store after learning it donated more than half a million dollars to gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam. A handful of state advocacy group...
Updated: 8 hours ago
GasBuddy predicts plunge in summer travel, blames gas prices

GasBuddy predicts plunge in summer travel, blames gas prices

At least one gas price tracker expects rising fuel prices to sharply curtail summer travel. "For all those that have said summer travel will be unaffected by high gas prices, we offer thousands of respondents who have strongly indicated thatís not tr...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Barack and Michelle Obama are becoming television and film producers for Netflix

Barack and Michelle Obama are becoming television and film producers for Netflix

Netflix announced a production deal Monday with Barack and Michelle Obama that will see the former first couple create a wide range of content for the streaming service.The deal, talks for which had first been reported in March, will encompass a wide...
Published: 05/21/18
Starbucks: You donít have to buy coffee to sit in our cafes or use our restrooms

Starbucks: You donít have to buy coffee to sit in our cafes or use our restrooms

Starbucks is now allowing people to use its restrooms and sit in its cafes and patios even if they do not buy anything.The coffee giant on Saturday announced its new policy, which says that customers, including those who did not make a purchase, can ...
Published: 05/21/18

Hernando Business Digest for May 25

Business digestBrieflyHOSPITAL UPGRADES SURGICAL SYSTEM: Oak Hill Hospital recently acquired the latest da Vinci Xi Surgical System, which has broader capabilities than prior generations of the system. The new system is designed with the goal of furt...
Published: 05/21/18
Camping without the hassle: New service rents you all the gear you need, plus the car

Camping without the hassle: New service rents you all the gear you need, plus the car

One day in April, I returned from a camping trip - a quick 24 out of the city - and ran a load of laundry. Whatís more telling is what I didnít do.I didnít hose down a muddy tent, I didnít soak a shoddily cleaned pot, and I categorically did not empt...
Published: 05/19/18
Romano: Save your money, sports betting wonít be in Florida anytime soon

Romano: Save your money, sports betting wonít be in Florida anytime soon

It is the middle of the day and the beginning of the off-season at Tampa Bay Downs. That means the action is limited to simulcast wagering, and that means the televisions outnumber the bettors.The parimutuel industry is long past its heyday in Americ...
Published: 05/19/18
Son of Crabby Billís founder leaves complex legacy of troubled projects and good deeds

Son of Crabby Billís founder leaves complex legacy of troubled projects and good deeds

SOUTH PASADENA ó Like his father, who founded the Crabby Billís seafood restaurant chain, John Loder Sr. had a larger-than-life personality. That was one reason he dived into the real estate business, becoming a well-known, if at times controversial ...
Published: 05/18/18
Updated: 05/21/18