(Carl Cronan is editor of RealEstateFlorida.)

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL-The Sembler Co. has completed the first ofthree new 'superstores' for Goodwill Industries-Suncoast Inc. The25,872-sf store is scheduled to open April 19 at the intersectionof US 19 and Berkeley Manor Boulevard in Spring Hill, north of St.Petersburg.

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David Murphy, senior vice president of development and a memberof Goodwill's local board of directors, tells GlobeSt.com that thedeveloper charged a minimal fee for managing the expansion to coverits own overhead. "The humanitarian services and support thatGoodwill provides through the operation of its successful stores isa tremendous benefit to the communities in which it operates,"Murphy says.

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Goodwill, which provides jobs and training for people withdisabilities and accepts donations of household goods, built theSpring Hill store as part of a $21-million retail expansion. St.Petersburg-based Sembler, which has shopping centers throughout theSoutheast and Puerto Rico, was selected for its expertise in retaildevelopment.

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"We are particularly pleased with the site selection for the newGoodwill Superstores, and expect the stores to be strongcontributors to our mission from opening day forward," says DebbiePasserini, executive vice president and chief operating officer ofGoodwill Industries-Suncoast, also based in St. Petersburg. Theagency provided services to more than 77,000 people in ten countieslast year.

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Two other Goodwill Superstores are planned through next year inthe greater Tampa Bay area, though Murphy declined to specify wherethey will be built pending the issuance of permits. The Spring Hillstore was designed by Tampa architects Lyman Davidson Dooley Inc.,and built by Hawkins Construction of Tarpon Springs.

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