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Commercial | J. RAYMOND CONSTRUCTION/BUTLER ENTERPRISES - BUTLER NORTH

Center of Retail

BUTLER NORTH IS BRINGING A 'WHO'S WHO' OF BIG-BOX STORES TO GAINESVILLE, FLA. BY ALAN DORICH

Butler North site will house
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Lowe's, Walmart and many
other retailers and restaurants.

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or more than 75 years, Butler
Enterprises has focused on ventures
in the city of Gainesville, Fla. The
company is at work on Butler North,
a retail center that will be a "who's who" of
big-box stores, Vice President of Finance
and Controller Cory Presnick says.
Founder S. Clark Butler started the
company in the 1930s with a produce stand

J. Raymond Construction/
Bu er Enterprises -
Bu er Nor
www.jray.com
* Project Brudget: $95 million
* Location: Gainesville, Fla.
* Employees: 500+

"The Bu er family has been
very consistent and communityconscious."
- Cory Presnick, vice president of finance and controller

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and eventually grew his operation into a
grocery store. "[He later] got into residential
real estate," Presnick continues, noting that
Butler purchased land that would become
Butler Plaza, an outdoor shopping center
with nearly 100 stores in Gainesville.
The North aspect, Presnick notes, is being
built on 176 acres of land and will cover
750,000 square feet. "It [has] a good footprint
for a power center," he says, noting that the
site will house locations for Walmart, Lowe's,
Dick's Sporting Goods, Marshalls, Ashley
Furniture, Sam's Club and many restaurants.

J. Raymond Construction is serving as
the general contractor on the project, after
taking over for another builder. "They came
in and they've been very professional," he
continues, noting that J. Raymond managed
the infrastructure and vertical construction.
"It's been a great match."
J. Raymond coped well with the challenges, he notes, of creating a new drainage system and keeping erosion under
control. "That was a big learning curve for
us," Presnick recalls. "We've corrected the
issue and just having the right contractor
is so critical."

Right on Track
Construction on Butler North began in May
2014 and since then, Lowe's and two smaller
shops have opened, Presnick says. "The next
will be Dick's Sporting Goods and Sam's
Club will open in June," he says.
"Almost everyone will be open in August,"
he predicts. "Retailers are really motivated to
get open before [the kids go] back to school."

Gains for Gainesville
Butler North will benefit the local community, Presnick says. The project has been
able "to add to the transportation and access
points and ... [bring] what the customers
demand," he says.
Over the years, "The Butler family has
been very consistent and community con-


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