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CNBC star opens auto dealership

By Roger Bull
Proquest LLC

AutoMatch USA has opened its second pre-owned automobile dealership at 9012 Beach Blvd. in the former Camping World facility next to the Walmart.

The dealership is owned by Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam and star of CNBC's "The Profit." The first location opened in January in Chicago and was featured on the CNBC reality series.

AutoMatchUSA specializes in pre-owned cars as well as parts, accessories, service and collision repair. Its grand opening will be celebrated over three weeks beginning Sunday. That includes the ribbon cutting on April 25.

Lemonis began his career in the automotive industry and was vice president of several Miami-area automobile dealerships before opening more than 100 recreational vehicle dealerships across the country and turning them into Camping World RV SuperCenters. His companies employ close to 6,000 employees in over 100 cities across the U.S.TERRA COSTA

Standard Pacific Homes now has a name for the development it is putting on 109 acres near Beach and Kernan boulevards. Terra Costa is a gated community planned for 102 single-family home and 166 attached villas. The first models will be built in July and the first move-ins are expected early next year, a spokeswoman said.

Prices have not been set yet.

Standard Pacific bought the land from ICI Homes, which has more than 2,000 homes planned for its Tamaya development, next door to Terra Costa.DOWNTOWN

Mike Langton had an open house Thursday at the Old Republic National Title Insurance building next to the Florida Theatre that he bought earlier this year. It's completely gutted but needs far less work than the Barnett National Bank building we wrote about last week. The brick walls, dating to 1903, look great.

One funny thing he pointed out: The original heart-of-pine floors were covered with 3/4-inch oak, then that was covered with tile, then plywood, then some kind of coating and finally carpet. The ceiling had almost as many layers, he said.

Langton has finished the cleanup but doesn't plan to start renovations until he gets a tenant. He does plan to move the front wall back and make it all glass, as it was originally.SENIORS

Construction has begun on The Palms at Ponte Vedra, a $14.8 million, 84,000-square-foot facility with 70 assisted living beds and 24 memory care beds. Groundbreaking for the facility took place Friday morning in Ponte Vedra Beach. Solana Capital Ventures is developing it, Auld & White Constructors is building it. It's expected to employ about 100 people when open. It's going in between TPC Sawgrass and the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club.ETC.

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Nordstrom is planning to open its store at the St. Johns Town CenterOct. 10.

J&W Heating and Air is moving from St. Johns Industrial Parkway to a building it bought for $665,000 at 5011 Sunbeam Road.SALES

Christ Church Jacksonville Anglican paid $855,000 for a 2,919- square-foot building on 2.5 acres at 9917 103rd St. The church is moving from its leased location at 6310 Blanding Blvd. on Easter.

D.R. Horton paid $1.971 million for 29 lots in Parkside Lakes, a new development off Losco and Hood roads in Mandarin.

AA Schreiber Corp. paid $857,500 for a 7,298-square-foot industrial building at 6353 Greenland Road.

Oakleaf Jasz Inc. of Fernandina Beach paid $1.1 million for the 1.45 acres of vacant commercial land at 9710 Applecross Road, near the intersection of Argyle Forest Boulevard and Merchants Way. Permit applications have been filed to build a Zaxby's restaurant on the outparcel of the Oakleaf Town Center.PERMITS

13444 Gran Bay Parkway, 16 permits totaling $20,680,000 for apartments, Summit Contracting Group. The Rohie Group of New York is building Gran Bay, a 308-unit complex at Flagler Center.

4887 Belfort Road, interior renovations to existing space at Deutsche Bank offices, $798,545, 27,805 square feet, Gilbane Building Co.

4121 Southpoint Blvd., remodel interior offices of United States Citizen and Immigration Services, $2,644,628, 28,100 square feet, Commercial Construction Inc.

731 Duval Station Road 0103, interior remodel of Pinch A Penny, $54,017, 1,338 square feet, Coastal Reconstruction.

139949 Alvarez Road, remove existing slabs and walls for alternations at Greencore, $4.8 million, 38,000 square feet, CMC Design/Build. The sandwich-maker and food-packager has announced it plans to add 283 jobs.

345 E. Bay St., interior remodel to Hourglass Pub, $10,000, 1,400 square feet, Braughton Construction.

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7550 Longleaf Branch Drive, swimming pool at Longleaf amenity center, $300,000, Davenport Post Associates.

5627 San Jose Blvd., interior renovation for new Supercuts, $109,378, 1,631 square feet, Hallmark Construction.

4755 Hodges Blvd., expansion and renovation of Daily's convenience store, $395,000, 530 square feet, C&R General Contractors.

14315 Cottage Lake Road, spec home in Pablo Creek Preserve, $925,000, 5,054 square feet. J.A. Long Inc., the builder, paid $140,000 for the pond-front 0.34-acre lot in November.

Concept Development LLC and Concept Construction of North Florida are tearing down four buildings: 9117 Lem Turner Road, 9132 Washington Ave., 9131 Lem Turner Road, 9105 Lem Turner Road.roger.bull@jacksonville.com,(904) 359-4296

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