Gardens could annex U.S. 1 plaza once slated for high-end fishing shop


The company that bought a long-defunct shopping plaza from Bass Pro Shops wants Palm Beach Gardens to annex the site, city records show.

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11940 Highway One Realty submitted the request for annexation of the former Carl’s Furniture Plaza on the east side of U.S. 1 just north of PGA Boulevard in June.

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The company, a joint venture between NTK Partners LLC and RJS Partners of North Palm Beach, bought the 75,000-square-foot shopping center from Bass Pro Shops for $7 million in April. RJS President Bob Sullivan told The Palm Beach Post in April he plans to renovate and lease the property, which is an unincorporated pocket of the county.

Sullivan did not immediately return a call or email asking about the annexation Monday.

The company is not proposing any major changes to the site, and the existing commercial shopping center is proposed to remain, according to the annexation application.

The 5.7-acre property is listed in Palm Beach Gardens’ future annexation study as an area that is a potential asset to the city, according to the application.

Bass Pro Shops bought the property for $5.5 million in 2014. The Springfield, Missouri-based retailer at one time planned a World Wide Sportsman shop at the former Carl’s Furniture Plaza. World Wide Sportsman sells saltwater fishing equipment, boats, apparel and camping gear. Early plans called for retail space and a space for boat sales.

It’s not clear why Bass Pro Shops decided to cancel the project.

Other outdoor and sporting goods retailers haven’t fared well in the area. Gander Mountain closed its store in Palm Beach Gardens last summer as part of a nationwide wave of store closings.

Palm Beach Gardens has gone through a recent wave of annexations, mostly residential properties on the western Northlake Boulevard. At least one other business owner has asked to be annexed into Palm Beach Gardens, a request the city council approved earlier this year.

Kevin Dalton asked the city to annex his gas station on Alternate A1A between Frenchman’s Reserve and Downtown at the Gardens. He said it would cost him about $1,500 more in taxes, but that it was worth it to have the city’s police service.

“Typically they’re here in four to six minutes, and that’s with no lights on,” Dalton previously said. “The police services alone are invaluable.”



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