St. Johns Village businesses in process of relocating

With the news that St. Johns Village will fall to the wrecking ball in the near future for redevelopment as apartments, two of the shopping center’s few remaining retail businesses are looking for new locations.

The Loop Pizza Grill plans to serve patrons until the end of November at its Fishweir Creek waterfront location, while actively looking for a new location in Avondale. It’s a top priority for Loop ownership, according to Mike Schneider, co-founder and president.

“We owe it to this community to secure an outstanding location for Avondale,” he said in a statement released July 26. “I cannot express how supportive this community has been for The Loop Pizza Grill since our opening in 1988.”

Schneider is looking for a shopping center or zoned business in Riverside, Avondale or Ortega with 2,600 to 3,600 square footage, ample parking and a patio for outdoor service. He said if a suitable site becomes available quickly, The Loop hopes to reopen in the first half of 2017, using the new interior, which made its debut at St. Johns Town Center in 2012.

Also looking for – and already finding – a new home is Hugo’s Interiors/Crosby Designs, which opened a new showroom in St. John’s Village in 2011 after making a significant investment in renovating the space of a former furniture store. According to owner/designer Jennie Crosby Hugo, the shop’s new location at 2237 Riverside Ave. will open in October.

“This stunning space, which was last used as an attorney’s office will predominately host our design studio and offices,” said Hugo.

The space, just under 2,900 square feet, is not as large as Hugo’s current showroom, but that is not a concern for Hugo and the other three designers.

“Mary Martha Waterworth, Brittany Hulsey, Paige Sreenan, and I aren’t worried about a little bit of a smaller footprint,” she said. “We are so excited to have a more polished look complete with a living room, dining room, bedroom, and formal den.”

Hugo noted that Chance Partners, the Atlanta-based company which bought St. Johns Village and the Commander, made it easy to make the move.

“Jeff Rosen, owner of Chance Partners, has been an absolute blessing to work with,” said Hugo. “He truly believes in Jacksonville and is passionate about enhancing this corner. I’m very excited to see the much-needed upgrade.”

By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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