JEKYLL ISLAND, GA – The Jekyll Island Authority is celebrating another milestone in the revitalization of the island’s hospitality infrastructure. Construction on the first phase of retail space in the new Jekyll Island Beach Village is under way and is expected to be complete next summer.
Phase I, encompassing 32,000 square feet, will cost an estimated $5.898 million to develop. Of those 32,000 square feet, 26,922 square feet, or 84 percent, already are pre-leased by 14 tenants. Included in the tenant mix for the first phase are several existing Jekyll Island businesses, including Ameris Bank, Jekyll Realty, Jekyll Island Beverage Center (liquor, wine, beer), Parker-Kaufman Realtors, Whittle’s Gift Shop, Judy Kay Beauty & Barber Salon, and Jekyll Island Market & Deli. All will relocate from their current, temporary facilities. Café Solterra, the popular bakery-delicatessen in the nearby Jekyll Island Club Hotel, will expand its presence on the island with a new coffee and bakery shop in the Beach Village.
New retailers on the island will include Cloister Collection (women’s apparel), Fuse Fresh Frozen Yogurt, Kennedy Outfitters (fishing gear and accessories), Tonya’s Treasures (gift shop) and a signature restaurant for the Jekyll Island Seafood Company.
Dabbs-Williams General Contractors, out of Statesboro, Ga., was the low bidder and was awarded the construction contract. Funding for the project was secured through loans from the OneGeorgia Authority to the Jekyll Island Authority.
“Once open, the Jekyll Island Beach Village will be the center of activity for area guests and residents,” stated Richard Royal, Chairman, Jekyll Island Authority. “This beachside location is truly unique and will draw customers to the shops from across the coastal region.”
With the new Westin Jekyll Island hotel already under construction and the park space and convention center completed and operational, the retail shops are the final piece of the integrated Beach Village project.