(Crystal Proenza is associate editor of RealEstateFlorida.)

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JACKSONVILLE, FL-After evaluating several other options in themarket, Bacardi USA Inc. has decided to renew its 300,000-sf leaseat at One Imeson Park Boulevard here. Wayne Schuchts and Ed Lydenof Staubach Co.'s Miami office represented Bacardi in thefive-year, $6-million transaction.

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Bacardi, a leading sprits producer and widely recognized rumbrand, uses the space for domestic distribution. It decided torenew because of the center's proximity to the company's modelingplant four miles away, and its convenience to the Port ofJacksonville.

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In addition to assisting Bacardi with its Jacksonville lease,Staubach is also currently providing design/construction consultingservices for the company's soon-to-be new headquarters in CoralGables. The 235,000-sf class A building at 2701 Le Jeune Road isabout to top off and is now undergoing interior buildout. Thecompany will relocate from its current headquarters at 2100Biscayne Blvd. in Miami to the new building, consolidating sevendifferent office facilities and about 700 employees, Schuchts, vicepresident at Staubach, tells GlobeSt.com. Bacardi is expected tomove in during the first quarter of 2009.

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Bacardi has been headquartered in Florida for more than 40years. In addition to its rum variations, the company produces anarray of liquors including Bombay Sapphire gin, Grey Goose vodka,Martini & Rossi vermouth and Dewar's Scotch whisky.

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