By Martie Thompson

Anyone who has driven down San Jose Boulevard towards the Julington Creek Bridge has seen the construction site where the JTA Park and Ride lot used to be. Near the corner of Marbon Road, a new Daily’s convenience store is taking shape as part of a larger development that will eventually include single family homes. 

According to Max Glober, director of marketing for Petro Services, Inc., which is the management company for First Coast Energy/Daily’s, this store under construction will be the biggest Daily’s to date — narrowly larger than the Daily’s on Kernan Boulevard. The difference, Glober said, is the Mandarin store will have a walk-in Beer Cave with automatic doors. At just over 6,500 square feet, the store will feature Daily’s Dash, which offers a variety of food items, including to-go meals and soft serve ice cream. The company’s most modern car wash to date will also be on site.

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“Part of the reason we picked this location is because of the residential growth in the area,” Glober said. “We couldn’t be more excited to build our next Daily’s here and join the Mandarin community.”

Construction is coming along on time, according to Glober. With the canopy and walls of the structure up, the company anticipates an April opening. Due to COVID restrictions, Glober said there likely won’t be an official ribbon cutting ceremony, but the store will offer a variety of grand opening specials.

“Everywhere that we open a Daily’s, we have a great rapport with our neighbors,” Glober said. “We promise to be a ‘nicer’ addition to the area.”

Photo courtesy Max Globe

The Daily’s on Kernan Boulevard; the Mandarin store will be very similar, but a bit larger.

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