BIZ BITS

New year brings new life to old projects


University Corners

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 1:35 p.m.

Recent highlights in business news include new grocery, retail and restaurant options and progress on long-stalled major developments.

MOVEMENT AT LONG LAST: Miami-Dade developer the Swerdlow Group is proposing to take over the University Corners project at University Avenue and Northwest 13th Street with hopes of starting construction in the summer. … The developer behind the Celebration Pointe large-scale mixed-use development off Archer Road near Interstate 75 has established taxing districts and an entrance road plan while the developer of Springhills at I-75 and Northwest 39th Avenue is tweaking development plans. … Skobel Homes bought the Brytan development at Southwest 75th Street and Archer Road and plans to resume home building.

VENTURE CAPITAL: Alachua company Applied Genetic Technologies Corp. secured $37.5 million in venture capital funding, believed to be the largest private venture deal ever for an area company. AGTC is developing cures for rare genetic respiratory and retinal diseases.

AWARDS: Construction company Charles Perry Partners, Inc. was named best overall large business and Scarborough Insurance the best overall small business during the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year awards.

IN THE BAG: Walmart announced Feb. 1 as the likely opening date for its new Supercenter with a full line of groceries near U.S. 441 and Northwest 34th Street to replace the general merchandise store that will close at 2649 NW 13th St. ... Trader Joe's brought its neighborhood grocery concept of unique foods, healthy items and reasonable prices to the former Goody's location in Butler Plaza, with 600 people coming through the door during the first hour it was open Dec. 12. … The next day, the Save-A-Lot discount grocery store opened in the former Food Lion location on Hawthorne Road.

CONTRACTS: Gainesville companies Altavian and Innovative Automation Technologies were awarded a share of a $248 million contract from the U.S. Army to provide small unmanned aircraft systems — or drones — for intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance.

OPEN: The Roundabout Bar and Grill at 2725 SW 91st St., Ocean Buffet at 6795 Newberry Road, Hiro Asian Sandwich Bistro at 3841 Archer Road, Vegan2Go at 7625 Newberry Road, a second Mi Apa Latin Cafe at 15634 NW U.S. 441 in Alachua.

… AND SHUT: Godfather's Pizza at 1405 NW 23rd Ave., Fresco Neighborhood Italian at 3117 SW 34th St., Red Mango locations at 3333 SW 34th St. and in the Target Copy at 1412 W. University Ave., and the 2nd Ave. Oyster House at 12 SE Second Ave.

Send tips to Anthony Clark at anthony.clark@gvillesun.com or 352-338-3171.

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