Restaurant, business happenings and changes
Summit owner Roland Daniels declined to comment.
Tampa auto dealer Larry Morgan and partners filed a fictitious name on Jan. 25 to do business as Gainesville Mitsubishi. Morgan also declined to comment, citing a confidentiality agreement.
Morgan owns Honda of Gainesville and Wade Raulerson Buick GMC, as well as six other dealerships in Florida.
Daniels opened the Mitsubishi franchise at 3737 N. Main St. in February 2010 after 15 years as Saturn of Gainesville following GM’s decision to stop making Saturns. at the time, the dealership had 28 employees. Daniels also owned two Saturn dealerships in Orlando.
Before that, the former Gainesville Ford dealership also carried Mitsubishi.
Dozens of cars were staged at the back of the Summit lot last Friday.
Last July, the Sun reported that SunState Federal Credit Union had relocated one branch into a larger building and broken ground to construct another, while Campus USA Credit Union started moving into its new 95,000-square-foot headquarters.
In late February, SunState opened its ninth branch a week after Campus USA closed on property to build its 14th branch in the city of Alachua.
Campus USA bought a 1.5-acre corner lot in the Lowe’s-anchored Shoppes at Baywood Center at 15615 NW U.S. 441 for $847,500, according to broker Front Street Realty Group.
Site work should take three or four months before construction begins, with opening likely set for early next year, said Campus USA CEO Larry Scott.
He said Campus USA has been looking for the right location in Alachua for some time. A lot of members who work in Gainesville and use the 5200 NW 43rd St. branch live in the Alachua/High Springs/441 corridor, he said, and the demographic outlook is for that to be a growth area for the next 10 years.
“We think this will be on their way home, and we always like to be on the right side of the road for people going home,” Scott said.
Easy access and higher visibility are also behind SunState’s newest locations.
The latest branch opened at 6300 SW Archer Road in late February after paying for an extra turn lane.
Last year, SunState closed its branch at 4936 NW 39th Ave. and opened at 2516 NW 43rd St. to have a drive-through and three times the space.
Since relocating, the branch has picked up new accounts and is conducting 1,000 additional transactions per month, CEO Jim Woodward said.
SunState is anticipating a similar boost on Archer Road.
“We have 3,000 members in that zip code, so that should be a good location for them,” he said.
Both opened branches across from each other in Jonesville in 2009, and both say they are done adding branches for a while.
In restaurant news, Zuzu has opened in the former Tapas 12 West and Endzone sports bar is opening in the former Mellow Mushroom.
Zuzu opened last month at 12 W. University Ave. as a dining experience that can last all night.
Following its motto “dine, drink and dance,” Zuzu tries to keep customers entertained with dinner at the front of the restaurant, drinks at the bar in the center of the restaurant and then dancing at the lounge in the back.
Or they can choose any of these separately, said Noura Saif, the assistant general manager.
The lounge offers music with a DJ on Thursday nights, smooth downtempo music with Lady Cherelle on Fridays and downtempo music and jazz with Dr. Um on Saturdays.
Saif said the menu is new American Mediterranean — a little American and a little Mediterranean. Dishes include jumbo shrimp scampi, filet mignon and asiago chicken pasta.
Zuzu is in the spot that formerly housed Tapas 12 West and, before that, Steve’s Cafe Americain.
Endzone is serving up Gator history with its meals.
Opening in mid-April, owner Daniel Myara said Endzone of Gainesville is going to have facts about University of Florida sports history placed around the restaurant.
“Everybody that’s going to walk in will learn something, I promise,” he said.
The restaurant will serve sports bar food, including hamburgers, steaks and wings.
Myara said he decided to open Endzone in Gainesville because his son is a UF student. Being younger than than 21 years old, his son doesn’t have a lot to do, he said. Myara wanted to open a place that people of all ages could enjoy.
Endzone will be at 1209 W. University Ave. in the former Mellow Mushroom and Anthony’s Wood Fired Pizza, which opened in late September and closed in mid-October.
Anthony Clark is the Gainesville Sun business editor and Andrea Rumbaugh is a Sun correspondent.
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